With only one victory in their last five matches, Manchester United no longer had room for error. Before the arrival of Erik ten Hag on his bench, the Old Trafford team had to win against Brentford, in front of their home crowd, in order to keep hope of qualifying for the Champions League, and this, despite the absences of Pogba, Maguire, Wan-Bissaka, Sancho and Shaw. To do so, Rangnick then lined up a Mata-Fernandes-Elanga attack behind Ronaldo.
From the kick-off, the Mancunian formation was dangerous with a first opportunity for Ronaldo, who was missing (3rd). Before Elanga hit his side to find Fernandes for the opener (1-0, 9th). Very well into this match, the Red Devils were keen to break quickly before halftime. Ronaldo, well found by Fernandes, thought to make the break by winning his duel … but the VAR decided otherwise for a few millimeters (44th).
Cristiano Ronaldo still decisive
As often this season, the Red Devils lacked efficiency in front of goal, like this bar found by Dalot (49th). And that gave hope to the Bees, but Eriksen found a De Gea vigilant on his line (55th), before the Spanish goalkeeper intervened in front of Toney (59th). Despite this weak time, Manchester United found resources, once again, thanks to CR7 who provoked and converted a penalty himself to finally make the break (2-0, 62nd).
At the end of the match, Varane even added himself to the list of scorers by perfectly taking over a corner from Fernandes to score his first goal in the colors of Man United (3-0, 74th). A good result allowing Rangnick’s men to keep a slim hope of competing in the Champions League next year. But that will go through a success in Brighton, during the 36th day. For his part, Brenford will be able to ensure his maintenance in the Premier League against Southampton this weekend.