Man Utd 3-0 Brentford: Fernandes, Ronaldo and Varane score in morale-boosting win

Only Mohamed Salah (73) and Harry Kane (65) have been involved in more Premier League goals than Bruno Fernandes (61 – 36 goals and 25 assists) since making his Manchester United debut in February 2020.

Manchester United recorded the biggest victory of Ralf Rangnick’s reign in his final home game as caretaker boss as Brentford were beaten at Old Trafford.

A brilliant opener from Bruno Fernandes was followed by a second-half penalty from Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane’s opener for United as the hosts cruised to victory.

Ronaldo was also denied a goal as he moved to 18 Premier League goals, four behind Golden Boot leader Mohamed Salah.

The result keeps United’s slim hopes of Champions League qualification alive at least until next weekend, while Brentford could fall further, although their 40 points are almost certainly enough to retain their status as a top club. flight.

For the third game in a row, home fans protested against the club’s owners, but although there were many anti-Glazer family chants and green and gold flares against the Americans, the walkout referred to at the 73rd minute did not materialize in significant numbers.

Mata’s affectionate farewell

United’s victory took them to 58 points with two games to go, meaning they still have the chance to match their tally from the 2013-14 campaign under David Moyes, which is their lowest since 59 against which they fought in 1990-91.

It was actually one of their best displays, helped in large part by Juan Mata, who was making his first league start of the season in what was likely to be his final game at Old Trafford.

Mata could have had an assist to go along with his accurate passing and invention, only for Ronaldo to be ruled marginally offside after scoring from the veteran Spain international’s pass.

Ronaldo scored his goal anyway, sending Brentford goalkeeper David Raya the wrong way after the Portuguese was fouled by Rico Henry.

That doubled a lead given to the hosts by Fernandes.

With a contract until 2026, Fernandes is one of the mainstays of new coach Erik ten Hag’s United.

His first goal since February was a beauty, slamming Anthony Elanga’s cutback with a volley for the first time.

Raphael Varane’s deflected shot brought United their third – and with the protest not gaining the expected momentum, there were still plenty of fans in the stadium as the home players began their post-season appreciation round. game for a most club-bound season. can’t wait to finish.

A big decision awaits Eriksen

It was just Christian Eriksen’s ninth game for club and country since returning from the cardiac arrest he suffered while playing for Denmark against Finland at the European Championship in June 2021.

Still, the Dane has already done enough to show he can operate at a higher level at Brentford.

Within 10 seconds of kick-off, he had lifted a pass over the United defense which threatened to create a chance for Bryan Mbeumo before Victor Lindelof broke through for cover.

It was an accurate curling cross from Eriksen that Ivan Toney headed in from central position, a deep free kick early in the second half that the striker couldn’t keep on target and d a long-range Dane free-kick that David de Gea had to pass.

Eriksen’s contract expires this summer, although it contains an option to extend it for another year.

The big question is whether the 30-year-old repays Brentford – and Thomas Frank’s faith in offering him a return to the game – and commits to another season or accepts an offer from a bigger club, who will surely come to meet him.

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  • 36The sunReplaced byCavanito 75′minutes
  • 8mataReplaced byJonesto 75′minutes
  • 18Bruno Fernandes
  • 7Cristiano Ronaldo

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  • tenRashford
  • 14Lingard
  • 17Fred
  • 21Cavani
  • 26Henderson
  • 74Fernandez
  • 75Garnacho Ferreyra

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Training 5-3-2

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  • 30Roerslev
  • 20ajer
  • 18Janson
  • 29Bech Sorensen
  • 3Henry
  • 27JanetReplaced byDasilvato 71′minutes
  • 6NorgaardReplaced byjensento 71′minutes
  • 21Eriksen
  • 17Toney
  • 19MbeumoReplaced byPreventto 76′minutes

Substitutes

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  • tenDasilva
  • 11Prevent
  • 23Jeanvier
  • 24Fosu-Henri
  • 26Baptist
  • 36Steve
  • 40Fernandez
  • 43Young-Coombes

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