Targets from Bruno Fernandes, Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane gave Manchester United a much-needed 3-0 victory over Brentford at Previous Trafford.
In what was their final house match of the season, United gave their long-suffering supporters one thing to cheer about and in addition strengthened their possibilities of securing a top-six end, transferring six factors away from West Ham in seventh.
The sport started at tempo and United had the ball at the back of the web inside 9 minutes. Anthony Elanga spun in behind and was discovered by Diogo Dalot. Elanga then swung in a harmful cross which was met on the volley by Fernandes, and his shot flew previous David Raya.
Brentford didn’t let their heads drop after going behind although, and impressed by the spectacular Christian Eriksen, they carved out a couple of possibilities of their very own. They went shut on the 20-minute mark when Ivan Toney headed Eriksen’s deep cross narrowly over the bar.
United then precipitated their guests a scare, when Juan Mata – who was surprisingly chosen in midfield – lashed an effort simply huge after a neat alternate with Cristiano Ronaldo. Bryan Mbeumo then skipped inside Alex Telles and shot into the aspect netting.
Ultimately, United, who had the lionshare of possession within the first half, scored once more. Or in order that they thought.
Following a VAR examine, Ronaldo was adjudged to be offside from Mata’s by ball, a choice which denied the striker his 18th objective of the season.
United continued to threaten at the start of the second half. Early on Fernandes was despatched by courtesy of a good looking dinked go from Nemanja Matic, however the midfielder didn’t capitalise.
Brentford remained in competition, with Toney forcing a trademark leg-save from David de Gea simply earlier than the hour mark.
Nevertheless, minutes later the Bees’ good work was undone by a second of stupidity from Rico Henry. After being shrugged off the ball by Ronaldo, Henry charged into the again of the ahead and gave away a penalty. Unsurprisingly, United’s quantity seven made no mistake from the spot.
Varane then made positive of the three factors, volleying a deflected effort previous Raya from an Alex Telles nook in entrance of the Stretford Finish. Eerily, the objective got here seconds earlier than the deliberate walk-out protest towards the Glazers’ possession. Uptake for this motion was fairly minimal inside Previous Trafford, although some supporters did depart the bottom and unfurl banners.
The remainder of the match was an understandably tepid affair with the Bees shifting to damage-limitation mode and United stroking the ball round with out an excessive amount of strain.
Listed below are your participant rankings…
David de Gea (GK) – 7/10 – Not that busy, however did have some issues to do and saved switched on.
Diogo Dalot (RB) – 7/10 – Discovered Ronaldo with a superb ball in behind early on and helped create the opener quickly after. An actual menace offensively.
Raphael Varane (CB) – 8/10 – By no means troubled defensively and scored a objective. Cannot do rather more are you able to?
Victor Lindelof (CB) – 7/10 – As above, Brentford solely not often compelled him into any kind of motion.
Alex Telles (LB) – 7/10 – Was afforded some house down the left-hand aspect and infrequently precipitated issues.
Scott McTominay (CM) – 7/10 – Regarded comfy in each instructions. ‘Dominant’ could be overstating it, however he by no means appeared troubled.
Nemanja Matic (CM) – 7/10 – Didn’t misplace a single one in every of his 57 passes within the first half. His fantastic chip to Fernandes within the second half deserved an help. Booked, in fact. Given a fantastic reception in his closing Previous Trafford look.
Anthony Elanga (RW) – 7/10 – Shiny. Arrange the opener and at all times appeared to dart behind the Brentford defence.
Bruno Fernandes (AM) – 7/10 – Completed very well early on to finish his objective drought. Stored the ball transferring in midfield all through.
Juan Mata (LW) – 7/10 – Got here out firing on what’s more likely to be his Previous Trafford swansong. Actually neat and tidy, whereas additionally being artistic.
Cristiano Ronaldo (ST) – 8/10 – Caught offside a number of occasions however made up for it by successful and changing a second-half penalty. Work charge was larger than typical and he led the road nicely.
SUB: Fred (CM) – 6/10
SUB: Edinson Cavani (ST) – 6/10
SUB: Phil Jones (CB) – 6/10
David Raya (GK) – 5/10 – Made a high save from Dalot, however let in three and misplaced the battle of the Spanish goalkeepers.
Mads Roerslev (RB) – 4/10 – Tried to surge ahead at any time when he may, however lacked the standard to bypass United’s midfield with any regularity.
Kristoffer Ajer (CB) – 5/10 – Sprayed a few good lengthy balls ahead. Some direct balls discovered their manner into his channel.
Pontus Jansson (CB) – 6/10 – Most likely his aspect’s greatest defender. Learn the sport fairly nicely however typically caught out in behind.
Mads Bech Sorensen (CB) – 4/10 – A bit shaky. Undecided Ethan Pinnock wants to fret about his beginning place.
Rico Henry (LB) – 3/10 – Gave away a extremely silly penalty within the second half. Ronaldo was going nowhere. This ended his aspect’s possibilities of getting a consequence.
Vitaly Janelt (CM) – 4/10 – Hustle and bustle, however United’s neat passing triangles have been an excessive amount of for him to deal with more often than not.
Christian Norgaard (CM) – 4/10 – Stored possession okay, however progressive passing was lacklustre.
Christian Eriksen (CM) – 8/10 – His passing was a pleasure to behold. He popped up far and wide to kickstart his crew’s assaults. Brentford will want a miracle to maintain maintain of him this summer time on this manner…
Bryan Mbeumo (ST) – 4/10 – Starved of service however hold-up play wasn’t nice.
Ivan Toney (ST) – 5/10 – Solely introduced with one probability within the first half and didn’t take it. Triggered United’s centre-backs some issues within the air.
SUB: Mathias Jensen (CM) – 5/10
SUB: Josh Dasilva (CM) – 6/10
SUB: Yoane Wissa (ST) – 6/10
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