Match Report: Cristiano Ronaldo’s standout performance helps Manchester United to a 3-0 victory against Brentford

 

(Image: Alessio Festa)

By Sam Pearson

The first half of this game started fast, with Brentford testing David De Gea very early on.

Despite that, it was Manchester United who broke the deadlock on the ninth minute mark.

Anthony Elanga reached the by-line and delivered an accurate ball to Bruno Fernandes, who could not miss from six yards out to make it 1-0.

On the 26th minute Manchester United came close with a free-kick effort curtesy of Ronaldo, however his effort found its way safely into the hands of David Raya.

Despite his age (37), on the 30th minute Ronaldo tracked back after giving the ball away to make a strong recovery challenge, sending cheers all around Old Trafford.

On the 41st minute, Brentford saw their best chance of the game.

Brian Mbuemo ran through on goal; however, his shot brushed the side netting and eased the pressure they were putting on Manchester United.

United thought they had doubled their lead on the 44th minute when a ball from Fernandes played Ronaldo through and he put the ball past Raya.

VAR was to find that Ronaldo had been offside in the build-up and the goal did not stand.

It remained 1-0.

As the half time whistle blew Manchester United had Fernandes to thank for their lead, however they had numerous chances in the first half to put the game out of sight.

Brentford gave United a scare very early on in the second half, on the 49th minute.

Christian Eriksen played an accurate ball from a free kic. His ball almost fell to the feet of Ivan Toney, however he wasn’t able to get a good enough connection on the ball and the chance passed.

On the 60th minute, Ronaldo barged Nico Henry off the ball and ran towards the penalty spot.

Henry retaliated and brought Cristiano down in the box, giving Manchester United a penalty.

Ronaldo set himself and calmly placed the ball into the left-hand side of the net to place United 2-0 up.

On the 72nd minute, Manchester United tripled their lead.

A corner was put in by Alex Telles and as the ball came in, Raphael Varane found himself in a strong position and managed to get a foot on the ball.

Thanks to a deflection, the ball was able to beat Raya and give Manchester United a 3-0 win.

Post-Match

As the full-time whistle blew, Manchester United fans bid farewell to a number of players, including Juan Mata and Edinson Cavani, who had both played their last ever home game at Old Trafford.

Meanwhile, United now find themselves sixth in the table, on 58 points.

They are currently three points from Tottenham who are on 61 points and a place ahead of them.

They next head to Brighton, where they will be hoping not to slip up, as their search for Europa League football continues.

Brentford head to Southampton, as they look to end their season on a high after a successful first campaign in the Premier League.

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