Erik ten Hag’s side moved back into the top four with a narrow victory over the Bees. Manchester United returned to winning ways in the Premier League with a 1-0 victory over Brentford at Old Trafford.
Erik ten Hag’s side had dropped points in each of their past three League matches, their last victory coming on February 19 against Leicester, and it has seen them dragged back into the top-four race having been outside title contenders.
But United were dominant from the first whistle against Brentford, and took a deserved lead before half-time. Marcel Sabitzer nodded a cross into the path of Marcus Rashford, and he fired home past David Raya from close range for his 28th goal of the season.
The lead could well have been extended, as Rashford had another effort saved and Antony tried his luck on every occasion the goal was even vaguely in sight.
Brentford improved somewhat after the break and should really have equalised as Kevin Schade was played clean through on goal, but the German could only dink his effort straight at the onrushing David de Gea.
That proved to be Brentford’s one and only big chance to take something away from Manchester as United held firm in the closing stages, moving back into the top four in the process.
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We are back out for the second 45.
And that’s half-time. Brentford second best by a distance, haven’t really got going at all. Luckily for them, it’s only 1-0. Rashford’s goal, his 28th of the season, the difference at the break.
Goal! Manchester United 1-0 Brentford
Another United attack, another United corner. Sabitzer drives forward, Sancho and Shaw combine and Brentford just about scramble the ball behind. Comes to Antony, floated back in. Nodded down for Rashford and he hammers home past Raya! United lead.
Here we go!
Just one change for United. Weghorst does indeed drop out of the starting lineup, but it’s not Martial who comes into the side. The Frenchman is on the bench once more, as Sancho starts and Rashford moves into a central role up front.
Fred also named among the substitutes, as McTominay and Sabitzer get the nod in midfield again. One change too for Brentford, Roerslev in for Hickey. Baptiste on the bench as he returns from suspension.