Manchester United were in top form for their final home game of the season. The Red Devils beat Brentford 3-0 at Old Trafford.
It was sort of a send-forth for players like Nemanja Matic and Juan Mata who will be leaving at the end of the season. They had the opportunity to play in front of the home fans for the last time.
Bruno Fernandes bagged his 50th United goal after opening the scoring in the first half courtesy a solid assist from Anthony Elanga. Cristiano Ronaldo doubled the lead with a well taken penalty in the second half and Rafael Varane wrapped things up by grabbing his first Man United goal to make it 3-0.
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Not a bad way to sign off at Old Trafford for Ralf Rangnick! Was that Cristiano Ronaldo’s last home game for Man Utd or will he be here next season?
Goal! Manchester United 3-0 Brentford
Raphael Varane meets Alex Telles’ corner to score his first English Premier League goal!
Nemanja Matic gets a round of applause from the Old Trafford crowd as he leaves the pitch for the final time as a Manchester United player. He’s leaving at the end of the season and has played his final game at Old Trafford. Fred comes on to replace him.
Goal! Manchester United 2-0 Brentford
Ronaldo works hard to win the ball with a great run then draws a penalty for Manchester United. Cristiano Ronaldo sends David Raya the wrong way with his spot-kick.
Manchester United restart the match and send it over to the right side towards Bruno Fernandes. Mads Sorensen beats him to the ball and Brentford take over possession.
United lead by one goal at the break.
Cristiano Ronaldo had the ball at the back of the net for a brief moment but he was offside when Juan Mata picked him out, so the goal is cancelled.
Goal! Manchester United 1-0 Brentford
Anthony Elanga races down the right wing and crosses for Bruno Fernandes who volleys into the net.
What a rapid start for Brentford! They kick off the game and feed the ball to Christian Eriksen who dinks it over the Man Utd defence. Bryan Mbeumo makes the run in behind but Alex Telles closes him down just as he brings the ball under control and his shot is blocked.
Ralf Rangnick oversees his last game at Old Trafford as Manchester United host Brentford tonight. With the season fizzling out and many of the club’s players potentially appearing at Old Trafford for the last time, the interim coach springs only one surprise in his starting line-up.
Juan Mata is handed his fist Premier League start of the season and partners Cristiano Ronaldo in attack. Edinson Cavani and Fred, meanwhile, are fit enough to return to the bench and join Jesse Lingard there.
For Brentford, it’s the same old suspects with Christian Eriksen and Ivan Toney leading the line. One of the Premier League’s form teams as things stand, Thomas Frank’s side could well pile more misery on a hapless United.