Brentford vs Manchester United: Player ratings, three things learned




Manchester United’s absolutely insipid first half is not going to help any of its players in the player ratings from a 4-0 loss to Brentford, while the Bees will love their marks from a rollicking day at the Brentford Community Stadium.

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United boss Erik ten Hag hooked three players at halftime when the final score was already on the board, as Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcus Rashford, and friends huffed and puffed but showed that unquestionably he requires new players.

And Liverpool’s up next on the fixture list. Yikes.

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Here’s what we learned, who shined, and who most certainly did not look good from Brentford’s first win over Manchester United in 85 years.


Three things we learned from Brentford vs Manchester United

1. Appropriate jerseys for “under construction” Man United: Brentford was very good — We’ll get to that in a moment — but it’s fitting that United was wearing a sort of construction worker/cautionary bright yellow-green because there’s simply no question the Red Devils are nowhere near where they’ll be once Erik ten Hag’s system has taken root with the proper pieces. The club’s need for a midfield maestro continues to glare angrily toward the television screens, and team captain Harry Maguire is among those whose performances at the moment are not matching their standing at the club. That will change, although new boy Lisandro Martinez was the midfield exit on Saturday.

2. Bees are buzzing: The Bees came back from a 2-0 deficit to draw Leicester City in Week 1 and went all “lesson learned” in the first half on Saturday, firing out of the gates — not without some luck (cough, De Gea, cough) — and just putting the game out of question after barely more than a half-hour. And you could argue that moment came sooner! Mathias Jensen will get plaudits for his advantageous work and Ivan Toney had two assists, but Ben Mee and the “back five” were marvelous. Any could be labeled as Man of the Match behind the buzzing five midfielders and forwards, and David Raya had command of his box.

3. It’s a problem of mentality more than talent: Take almost any player out of this Manchester United and present a Premier League manager the chance to find a starting use for them in their system. More often than not, the boss is going to leap at the chance to sign a Marcus Rashford, a Fred, a Harry Maguire. But all of these players appear less than themselves in a Man United shirt right now, and have under multiple managers. That sure seems to point to the club, doesn’t it? There’s something going wrong between the ears. Some have claimed there are too many cliques at Old Trafford. “Mean Girls” doesn’t win trophies.

Brentford player ratings out of 10

David Raya: 8 — Four saves and good control of the box.

Rico Henry: 6.5 — Just okay!

Ben Mee: 8.5 — The ex-Man City man will have loved scoring against United.

Pontus Jansson: 7 — How about this? Brentford’s back three combined for under 90 touches of the ball.

Mads Roerslev: 8 — Looked the part.

Aaron Hickey (Off 80′): 7 — Nice signing. Ran out of juice after zipping up and down the pitch all day.

Mathias Jensen (On 73′): 9 — The total package. His buzzsaw work to take the ball off Eriksen on the second goal is what really made the crowd believe it was seeing a historic day.

Christian Norgaard (Off 80′): 6.5 — Wasn’t bad, but wasn’t near his best.

Joshua Dasilva (Off 62′): 8 — One of the feel-good stories of the early season, as the oft-injured DaSilva has two goals in two games.

Ivan Toney: 8.5 — A fantastic performance with two of his four key passes becoming assists. That pass on the Mbeumo goal.

Bryan Mbeumo (Off 73′): 7.5 — A busy boy who made Luke Shaw look oh-so-silly on his goal.


Vitaly Janelt (On 62′): 6.5
Yoane Wissa (On 73′): N/A
Shandon Baptiste (On 73′): N/A
Mads Bech Sorensen (On 80′): N/A
Frank Onyeka (On 80′): N/A

Manchester United player ratings out of 10

David De Gea: 2.5 — He made on save and gifted two goals. Oops. Did make a fantastic save with 10 minutes to play.

Luke Shaw (off HT): 3.5 — Lost.

Lisandro Martinez (off HT): 4.5 — Made a halftime scapegoat. He couldn’t stop Ben Mee’s goal at the back post but was much more active than Maguire and could’ve easily stayed on to play with Varane.

Harry Maguire: 3 — Lost 4-of-8 duels and was credited with just three defensive actions.

Diogo Dalot: 4 — Gave away the ball quite a bit. Credited with two key passes. Clearly a Ten Hag favorite.

Christian Eriksen (Off 87′): 6 — Fairly good in an improbably tough situation. Ten Hag set up his team to possess and play with style. Once the midfield game was lost and Fred withdrawn, there was even less help.

Fred (off HT): 5.5 — Another halftime scapegoat who probably didn’t deserve it.

Marcus Rashford: 6.5 — Ran his socks off, winning 9-of-12 duels and converting all five of his dribbles.

Bruno Fernandes: 6 — Remains their most important piece in attack.

Jadon Sancho (off 60′): 5.5 — Just okay. Needs to refind the confidence to shoot he possessed at Dortmund.

Cristiano Ronaldo: 6 — Managed to fire off six shots and registered three key passes but he’s nowhere near his clinical best, even age-adjusted.


Tyrell Malacia (on HT): 7
Scott McTominay (on HT): 6
Raphael Varane (on HT): 7
Anthony Elanga (on 60′): 6.5
Donny van de Beek (On 87′): N/A

Premier League final table: Final standings for 2022-23 season


If it’s the 2022-23 Premier League table you’re after, you’ve come to the right place.

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After the break for the 2022 World Cup, the Premier League returned with a bang and the start to 2023 delivered plenty of fun and it continued into the business end of the season.

Manchester City chased down Arsenal to win yet another Premier League title. Manchester United’s new-look side reclaimed a place in the top four, and so did Newcastle. Brighton and Aston Villa surprised by qualifying for Europe, while Liverpool dips into an unusual competition for its recent standards.

Teams were relegated. Managers were sacked. And here’s how the table looked when all was said and done.

Premier League final table – End of season

Premier League standings

NBC Sports’ standings and scoreboard

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Leicester relegated despite final day win over West Ham


Leicester City has been relegated to the Championship despite getting the win it needed to have hope of survival: a 2-1 defeat of West Ham United at the King Power Stadium on Championship Sunday.

Leicester entered the day two points back of Everton for 17th place on the Premier League table and got goals from Harvey Barnes and Wout Faes to secure three points, but Everton outlasted Bournemouth 1-0 to match the Foxes and keep them below the dreaded line.


Leicester finishes its season with 34 points in 18th place on the Premier League table.

West Ham, on the other hand, will be forgiven for focusing on the Europa Conference League Final but fought hard for an equalizer even though it only found a Pablo Fornals marker after Leicester had gone ahead two. The Irons finish 14th with 40 points.

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Too little, too late for Foxes

“Too little, too late” may go down as the story of the Foxes season.

Leicester did not get its recruitment plans correct — somewhat forced by Financial Fair Play — and then put too much faith in Brendan Rodgers to make things work.

Dean Smith got some performances out of this men, few better than Sunday, but this ultimately feels like a fait accompli: Sometimes, the whole is less than the sum of its parts. Despite big seasons from Harvey Barnes and James Maddison, this was that.

There’s also the question of playing for a draw against Newcastle on Monday, but let’s not heap criticism on Dean Smith for taking a calculated risk. He deserves better.

Leicester vs West Ham player ratings: Stars of the Show

Leicester vs West Ham player ratings

Harvey Barnes goal video: Leicester lifeline!

Wout Faes goal video: Foxes double the lead

Pablo Fornals goal video: Irons pull one back

How to watch Leicester vs West Ham live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 11:30am ET Sunday
TV Channel: SYFY
Online: Watch live on Peacock + Watch live on

Key storylines & star players

Leicester would love to see Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall and Wilfred Ndidi pass fitness checks, but Dean Smith will have rested and ready Harvey Barnes and James Maddison in a bid to score more goals than the Irons.

West Ham could be seeing the penultimate appearance of Declan Rice in an Irons shirt, as the big-money midfielder is being linked to several big clubs in the Premier League.

Leicester team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: James Justin (calf), Jannik Vestergaard (calf), Wilfred Ndidi (thigh), Caglar Soyuncu (thigh), Ryan Bertrand (other)

West Ham team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Gianluca Scamacca (knee)

Chivas vs Tigres: How to watch live, stream link, updates


Chivas and Tigres square off in Guadalajara on Sunday (kick off 9:25pm ET) as the second leg of Liga MX’s Clausura final should be absolutely epic.


Tied at 0-0 from the first leg of the final in San Nicolas on Thursday, the advantage is with red-hot Chivas as their stunning recent form saw them win their final four games of the Clausura regular season to finish third in the table before beating Atlas and Club America in the playoffs.

Victor Guzman and Alexis Vega are Chivas’ main attacking threats as they will keep it tight defensively and the energy of the home crowd at Akron Stadium should be a huge help as Chivas aim to win their first Clausura title since 2017, when they also beat Tigres in the final.

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Tigres finished seventh in the Clausura standings and beat Toluca and Monterrey to reach the final. The duo of Sebastian Cordova and Andre-Pierre Gignac are their main hope of winning on the road in Guadalajara and lifting the trophy.

Below is everything you need for Chivas vs Tigres, one of whom will be crowned as the Clausura champions on Sunday.

How to watch Chivas vs Tigres live, stream link and start time

Kick off: Sunday, May 28 – 9:25pm ET 
TV Channel: Telemundo, Universo
Online: Stream via Peacock

First leg Tigres vs Chivas video highlights – 0-0

Leeds relegated from Premier League as Harry Kane hits 30-goal mark


Leeds (31 points – 19th place) have been relegated from the Premier League after they were beaten 4-1 by Tottenham at Elland Road on the final day of the 2022-23 season.

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Harry Kane scored twice more to complete his second 30-goal season, as Tottenham (60 points – 8th place) missed out on the Premier League’s final European place with Aston Villa beating 6th-place Brighton to qualify for the Europa Conference League. Now, a painfully pivotal summer of hirings and signings awaits for Spurs.

It was a nightmare start for Leeds, who needed not only a victory of their own but also points to be dropped by both Everton and Leicester above them. Tottenham’s first foray into Leeds’ penalty area ended with Kane hammering the ball past Joel Robles.


New half, same story for Leeds, who conceded once again barely a minute into the second half. Kane turned provider this time, as he lofted a blind ball into the channel for the overlapping Pedro Porro, who barely had a sight of goal with Robles smothering the near post. But, Porro placed a pinpoint strike just inside the far post from a tight angle.

Leeds gave themselves a faint hope when he slotted home after Georginio Rutter picked him out between two defenders in the 67th minute, but Kane answered just two minutes later with his second of the day and the 280th — and potentially final — goal of his Tottenham career.

Leeds United relegation reaction

Club statement:

“Everyone connected with Leeds United is deeply disappointed by the club’s relegation back to the Sky Bet Championship, after three seasons in the Premier League.

“Relegation is painful, and we apologize to our fanbase that the performances this season have not seen the club consolidate our status as we had all hoped.

“However, Leeds United remains in a strong position to build a team that can challenge for promotion from the Championship next season.

“We know things have not been good enough, we know we have to improve, but please be assured that behind the scenes we have worked hard to ensure that the past will not be repeated. Our focus is now on how we get straight back to the Premier League.

“Thank you for your unwavering support for the players and the badge, our objective is to continue to build the club into the one you deserve.”

Stars of the show

Leeds vs Tottenham

Leeds vs Tottenham, final score: 1-4

2nd minute – Harry Kane hammers home Tottenham’s opening goal

47th minute – Pedro Porro places a pinpoint strike inside the far post for 2-0

67th minute – Jack Harrison gives Leeds a late lifeline

69th minute – Harry Kane answers immediately with his 30th goal of the season

90th minute +4 – Lucas Moura adds to Leeds misery with Spurs’ 4th goal

How to watch Leeds vs Tottenham live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 11:30 am ET, Sunday
TV channel: CNBC
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Key storylines & star players

Leeds have had plenty of time opportunities to drag themselves out of the bottom-three and away from the relegation scrap as a whole, but they are now winless in their last eight games (0W-2D-6L) and have won just three of their last 24. Their biggest problem? The Premier League’s worst defensive record in 2022-23 — 74 goals conceded in 37 games. In each of the last four seasons, the side to concede the most goals has been relegated.

With another summer of uncertainty (from the manager to most of the first-team squad) on the cards for Spurs, Sunday could be the final time Harry Kane pulls on the white shirt of Tottenham, following reports this week that he will ask — or perhaps has already asked — to leave the club if a fair offer is made. Kane’s 278 goals make him the club’s all-time record goal scorer, and his departure could signal a full-blown tear-down and rebuild for the incoming manager still to be hired.

Leeds team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Tyler Adams (hamstring – out for season), Luis Sinisterra (ankle – out for season), Patrick Bamford (thigh)

Tottenham team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Cristian Romero (undisclosed), Rodrigo Bentancur (torn ACL – out for season), Hugo Lloris (hip), Eric Dier (hernia), Ryan Sessegnon (thigh), Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (undisclosed)

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