Manchester United struck twice in stoppage time to overcome Brentford 2-1 at Old Trafford on Saturday, adding another wild chapter to their roller-coaster 2023-24 season.
Scott McTominay had scored two Premier League goals since February 2021 before coming on the field today; he then struck two in five minutes to preserve United from disgrace.
Erik ten Hag’s team put up another lifeless, uninspired effort for 90 minutes as they faced a third consecutive home defeat and the poorest start to a league season in over 40 years. Enter Scott McTominay, the hero of the day, who had just come off the bench.
The Red Devils were once again the architects of their own fate in the first half, as Casemiro’s foolish turnover in the 26th minute put the makeshift defense under unneeded pressure, culminating in Brentford’s first goal.
Bryan Mbeumo skipped the Brazilian’s passing path by trying to play Sofyan Amrabat nonchalantly inside the center circle. Three seconds later, there was a 5v5 deluge of bodies rushing in the opposite direction.
Victor Lindelof advanced to clear Yoane Wissa’s original cross, but Casemiro was unable to win the second ball against Wissa. It rolled to Mathias Jensen, who found a way through two defenders and Andre Onana.
Manchester United believed they had equalized in the 89th minute when Kristoffer Ajer knocked the ball into his own net, but Anthony Martial was cautioned for touching the ball first after being in an offside position when the cross came in.