Man United ratings vs Brentford: McTominay sets tone, Ronaldo strops


anchester United moved to within two points of the top four after three second half goals secured three points against a spirited Brentford.

The visitors had David De Gea, and Mathias Jensen’s finishing, to thank for getting to the break with a clean sheet.

Jensen was tenacious in midfield alongside Christian Norgaard but wasteful in front of goal. The Dane sent a bobbling volley wide in the opening minutes before wasting two golden chances with timid finishes straight at the United goalkeeper, the second coming after he was played through by Ivan Toney at the end of an electric break.

The Brentford No8, who had been superb everywhere but the final third, rolled another one at De Gea minutes before the visitors made him pay for the wasted chances.

United had created hardly anything aside from a hopeful Cristiano Ronaldo header which had landed on top of the crossbar to this point.

Brentford had been well drilled at the back but allowed Anthony Elanga to slip in behind the defence and latch onto a fine ball from Fred. The young Swede took a heavy touch but a moment of indecision from goalkeeper Jonas Lossl allowed Elanga the time to latch onto his own touch and head in his second Premier League goal for the club.

Having been so abject for the majority of this game, United then stung their hosts a second time as Bruno Fernandes raced away on the break and played in Mason Greenwood to tap home.

The Bees pushed for a way back into the game and Raphael Varane had to block an effort from Toney, but it was Ralf Rangnick’s side who killed the contest off on the break moments later.

Scott McTominay won the ball in midfield before finding Bruno Fernandes, who fed substitute Marcus Rashford, the England international unleashing a superb finish into the near post.

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