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Brentford 1-3 Man United

Manchester United display a clinical edge to defeat Brentford 3-1 in their Premier League clash at Brentford Community Stadium.

The home side were guilty of missing great chances in the first half and paid the price in the second period as the Red Devils found their form in front of goal.

Anthony Elanga opened the scoring with a composed touch and header before Mason Greenwood converted following a swift break.

Marcus Rashford arrived off the bench to secure three points and end his 11-game goal drought. Ivan Toney notched a late consolation for the Bees, who were made to rue their missed opportunities.

Starting Lineup:

BRENTFORD (3-5-2): Jonas Lossl;

Mads Sorensen, Pontus Jansson, Ethan Pinnock;

Mads Rasmussen, Vitaly Janelt, Christian Norgaard, Mathias Jensen, Sergi Canos;

Bryan Mbeumo, Ivan Toney.

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BRENTFORD SUBS: Rico Henry, Marcus Forss, Yoane Wissa,

Samir Ghoddos, Kristoffer Ajer, Shandon Baptiste,

Mads Bistrup, Finley Stevens, Alvaro Fernandez.

 

MANCHESTER UNITED (4-2-3-1): David de Gea;

Diogo Dalot, Victor Lindelof, Raphael Varane, Alex Telles;

Scott McTominay, Fred;

Mason Greenwood, Anthony Elanga, Bruno Fernandes; Cristiano Ronaldo.

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MANCHESTER UNITED SUBS: Phil Jones, Harry Maguire, Juan Mata,

Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Tom Heaton,

Dean Henderson, Nemanja Matic, Donny van de Beek.

Goals:

0-1. United. The visitors take the lead as Elanga controls a through-ball from Fred before nodding his second touch past Lossl.

Fred is afforded space and time on the edge of the Brentford box and he floats a fine ball over the top for the run of Elanga.

He takes a touch away from Rasmussen and wrong-foots Lossl.

Elanga holds his composure to plant his effort into the back of the net to notch his first Premier League goal of the season.

0-2. United. The visitors doubled their lead with a clinical counter, allowing Greenwood to tap home a cutback from Fernandes.

The Portuguese latches on to a knockdown from Ronaldo and surges away from Norgaard.

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He lays the ball on a plate for Greenwood to send into an empty net after Loss! is forced to commit himself in the box.

0-3. United. Rashford ends his drought in front of the goal with a clinical finish into the top-right corner.

United cut through the Brentford backline with ease as Fernandes spots the run of Rashford in the right-inside channel.

Sorensen tries to get over late, but the forward buries a first-time strike past Lossl. Rashford needed that goal.

1-3. Brentford. The home side has at least something to show for their efforts as Toney bundles home a close-range strike.

Sorensen sends a throw-in long into the box that Pinnock heads on.

The ball pinballs around the box and is eventually steered towards Toney by Norgaard after being cleared off the line.

The forward makes no mistake dispatching his effort into the net.

So, what’s next for Brentford and Man United?

Brentford have to turn the page as they face Wolves on Saturday at home in a bid to end a three-game losing streak.

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United are also in action on Saturday in the Premier League at home to West Ham in a crucial game in the battle for a Champions League place.

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