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 injury news, 2022-23 season


Premier League injury news: It’s time to take a look at which players might be unavailable for matchweek 8 of the 2022-23 Premier League season, due to injury.

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Prior to every matchweek this season, we’ll update this Premier League injuries page with the latest news and update, so make sure to check back regularly to see how your favorite — or least-favorite — club is getting on.

Let’s check out the latest Premier League injury news, below.

Arsenal injuries

OUT: Oleksandr Zinchenko (calf), Emile Smith Rowe (groin), Mohamed Elneny (thigh), Reiss Nelson (undisclosed) | QUESTIONABLE: Thomas Partey (knee), Kieran Tierney (head), Cedric Soares (knock)

Aston Villa injuries

OUT: Diego Carlos (achilles), Matty Cash (hamstring), Lucas Digne (ankle), Boubacar Kamara (knee)

Bournemouth injuries

OUT: David Brooks (fitness), Lloyd Kelly (knee), Joseph Rothwell (thigh), Benjamin Pearson (undisclosed), Ryan Fredericks (undisclosed)

Brentford injuries

OUT: Christian Norgaard (achilles) | QUESTIONABLE: Keane Lewis-Potter (knock), Ethan Pinnock (knee)

Brighton & Hove Albion injuries

OUT: Jakub Moder (knee), Adam Lallana (calf) | QUESTIONABLE: Enock Mwepu (illness)

Chelsea injuries

QUESTIONABLE: N’Golo Kante (hamstring), Edouard Mendy (knee)

Crystal Palace injuries

OUT: James Tomkins (undisclosed), Jack Butland (hand), Nathan Ferguson (foot) | QUESTIONABLE: James McArthur (groin)

Everton injuries

OUT: Jordan Pickford (thigh), Ben Godfrey (broken leg), Yerry Mina (ankle), Nathan Patterson (ankle), Mason Holgate (knee), Andros Townsend (knee) | QUESTIONABLE: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (knee), Jordan Pickford (thigh)

Fulham injuries

OUT: Harry Wilson (knee), Joao Pahlinha (suspension), Manor Solomon (knee) | QUESTIONABLE: Antonee Robinson (ankle)

Leeds United injuries

OUT: Rodrigo (shoulder), Stuart Dallas (thigh)

Leicester City injuries

OUT: Ricardo Pereira (achilles), Ryan Bertrand (knee) | QUESTIONABLE: Wilfried Ndidi (knock), Patson Daka (illness)

Liverpool injuries

OUT: Naby Keita (undisclosed), Curtis Jones (calf), Calvin Ramsay (undisclosed), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (hamstring) | QUESTIONABLE: Ibrahima Konate (knee), Andrew Robertson (knee), Caoimhin Kelleher (groin)

Manchester City injuries

OUT: Kalvin Phillips (shoulder), John Stones (hamstring), Benjamin Mendy (suspension – MORE) | QUESTIONABLE: Aymeric Laporte (knee)

Manchester United injuries

OUT: Harry Maguire (hamstring), Anthony Martial (achilles), Brandon Williams (undisclosed), Mason Greenwood (suspension – MORE) | QUESTIONABLE: Marcus Rashford (thigh), Donny van de Beek (knock), Martin Dubravka (knock)

Newcastle United injuries

OUT: Aleksander Isak (leg), Jonjo Shelvey (thigh), Emil Krafth (knee), Karl Darlow (ankle) | QUESTIONABLE: Bruno Guimaraes (thigh), Allan Saint-Maximin (hamstring), Callum Wilson (thigh), Chris Wood (ribs), Elliott Anderson (knock)

Nottingham Forest injuries

OUT: Omar Richards (calf), Moussa Niakhate (thigh), Orel Mangala (undisclosed) | QUESTIONABLE: Emmanuel Dennis (knock), Morgan Gibbs-White (knock), Scott McKenna (knee), Joe Worrall (broken nose)

Southampton injuries

OUT: Valentino Livramento (knee), Romeo Lavia (undisclosed)

Tottenham Hotspur injuries

OUT: Lucas Moura (achilles) | QUESTIONABLE: Hugo Lloris (quad), Ben Davies (knee)

West Ham United injuries

OUT: Nayef Aguerd (ankle) | QUESTIONABLE: Benjamin Johnson (hamstring)

Wolverhampton Wanderers injuries

OUT: Raul Jimenez (groin), Sasa Kalajdzic (torn ACL), Nathan Collins (suspension), Chiquinho (knee) | QUESTIONABLE: Diego Costa (undisclosed)

Fulham vs Newcastle: How to watch, live stream link, team news


Fulham and Newcastle United look set to entertain when Aleksandar Mitrovic entertains his old mates for a Saturday morning tilt at Craven Cottage on Saturday (watch live, 10am ET online via Peacock Premium).


The Magpies are injury-hit but Eddie Howe has enjoyed pushing for offense and has largely found chances regardless of who’s been on the field, while Marco Silva’s Cottagers are healthy and have been on the front foot as often as possible during their Premier League return.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Fulham vs Newcastle.

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How to watch Fulham vs Newcastle live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 10am ET, Saturday
TV Channel/Online: Stream via Peacock Premium

Key storylines & star players

Somewhere in the multiverse, Mitrovic’s tied for the Golden Boot lead because Erling Haaland is an actual superhero. The Fulham man has six goals to tie Harry Kane five behind Man City’s prolific Norwegian hitman. Kenny Tete’s assisted three of those goals, and Tete’s also top six in tackles. Teammate Joao Palhinha is first.

Newcastle, meanwhile, is dealing with a ridiculous amount of injuries to key players, as Bruno Guimares, Chris Wood, and Alexander Isak were both hurt on international break to join Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin as walking wounded attackers.

Fulham team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: Antonee Robinson (ankle) OUT: Palhinha (suspended), Manor Solomn (knee), Harry Wilson (knee)

Newcastle team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: Chris Wood (chest), Callum Wilson (thigh), Allan Saint-Maximin (thigh), Bruno Guimares (thigh), Elliott Anderson (undisclosed). OUT: Alexander Isak (other), Emil Krafth (ACL),

Liverpool vs Brighton: How to watch, live stream link, team news


Liverpool plays its first Premier League match in 25 days when high-flying Brighton and Hove Albion debut a new manager as visitors at Anfield on Saturday (watch live, 10am ET online via Peacock Premium).

Roberto De Zerbi takes the wheel for the Seagulls following Graham Potter’s move to Chelsea, and Brighton will be staging its first match since a 5-2 demolition of Leicester City on Sept. 4.


That was one day after Liverpool drew Everton 0-0 at Goodison Park in a Merseyside derby that came on the heels of back-to-back wins for Jurgen Klopp’s team.

Liverpool’s currently four points back of fourth-place Brighton; Both clubs have played six matches, one fewer than 14 other Premier League sides.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Liverpool vs Brighton.

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How to watch Liverpool vs Brighton live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 10am ET, Saturday
TV Channel/Online: Stream via Peacock Premium

Key storylines & star players

Is Liverpool ready to turn chances into goals at a more familiar rate? The Reds’ expected goal total for this season is close to leaders Manchester City and Arsenal but its actual goal production is fifth and somewhat-inflated by their nine-goal beatdown of Bournemouth previously this season.

Brighton, meanwhile, has to show that it’s getting a handle on life after Graham Potter, as De Zerbi’s credentials say things might not look too different. The former Sassuolo and Shakhtar Donetsk boss craves possession in his teams and delivers chances as a boss in the manner you’d expect from a former attacking midfielder.

Liverpool team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: Caoimhin Kelleher (groin), Ibrahima Konate (knee), Andrew Robertson (knee). OUT: Calvin Ramsay (lower back), Curtis Jones (tibia), Ibrahima Konate (knee), Naby Keita (thigh), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (thigh).

Brighton team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: Enock Mwepu (illness). OUT: Jakub Moder (knee), Adam Lallana (lower leg)

Crystal Palace vs Chelsea: How to watch, live stream link, team news


Chelsea looks to keep up its top-four pace when it visits Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday (watch live, 10am ET on USA Network and online via

The match is Graham Potter’s first in the Premier League since leaving Brighton for new digs in London. The Blues drew Salzburg in 1-1 in Potter’s first match with Chelsea, and many eyes will be trained on his Starting XI.


Palace is winless in its last three Premier League matches including back-to-back draws versus Brentford and Newcastle. Patrick Vieira would love to make that a three-match unbeaten run with a good result Saturday.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Crystal Palace vs Chelsea.

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How to watch Crystal Palace vs Chelsea live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 10am ET, Saturday
TV Channel: USA Network
Online: Stream via

Key storylines & star players

What will Graham Potter’s first Premier League XI look like come Saturday? Kepa Arrizabalaga could be in goal if Edouard Mendy is not ready, but will Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang remain a starter? Are Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic locks for the midfield? Lots to monitor as Christian Pulisic, Conor Gallagher, Ben Chilwell, and Hakim Ziyech will hope to have made a major impression.

Palace has played well against the “Big Six” this year, leading Man City 2-0 before an Erling Haaland hat trick, drawing Liverpool, and losing on Opening Day vs Arsenal while holding 57% of the ball and matching the Gunners in shots and shots on target. A win over the Blues sure would do the trick.

Crystal Palace team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: James McArthur (groin). OUT: James Tomkins (calf), Nathan Ferguson (ankle), Jack Butland (hand)

Chelsea team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: Edouard Mendy (knee), N’Golo Kante (thigh).