Old Trafford is a party

Old Trafford is a party

Manchester United arrived at Old Trafford needing to add three points after losing this week against Gatalasaray 2-3 in the Champions League. He got it. However, the usual team was seen again, one that could not find its game and where the specific mistakes of some players ended their injury. He still got three points thanks to Scott McTominay’s double play in extra time. It could have been a hat-trick, but the VAR assistant pointed to Martial’s previous offside.

With this victory (2-1), Manchester United broke a short negative streak of two games without a win. Brentford deserved more than a loss, partly because of their work in the nine minutes and the lead in the first half. Casemiro sparked the game for Mathias Jensen’s goal, although it was more the fault of André Onana who could have done more with a shot as easy as the one the Dane made. In the final half, Scott McTominay’s goal was disallowed.

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The first half shocked the audience at Old Trafford and everyone watching the game from their sofas at home, because Brentford got the ball and Manchester United waited for an opponent mistake. The failure did not come from the ‘Bees’ but from the ‘Red Devils’. A mistake by Casemiro and a ‘mistake’ by Onana led to the rival’s goal. A few minutes later Rashford had a chance that ended in the hands of Strakosha, the Mancunians’ only shot before the break.

Coach Ten Hag opted to make lateral crosses to take advantage of Højlund’s height, but it didn’t go well. More than 18 centers ended up unfinished. A strategy that changed in the second half with the entry of Eriksen and the departure of Casemiro. The Dutchman was surprised to replace the Brazilian because it was not a substitution due to injury but a tactical decision.

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Manchester United improved in the second half with the entry of the Danish midfielder, because he possessed the ball and caused Brentford to lock themselves in their field. The ‘Bees’, faced with this situation, decided to close the ranks and leave no gaps to prevent the opponent from hurting them. Undoubtedly, the defensive work was excellent, with Pinnock standing out above his teammates. The Jamaican wiped Højlund from the field.

The Ten Hags made several changes, promoting Antony’s return to Manchester United, with the aim of improving the poor image seen in the first half. Also the entry of Scott McTominay, who changed the game. The Scot, who counted little for the Dutchman, scored two goals in stoppage time and, above all, to leave his team ninth before the break.

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Christian Eriksen (45′, Casemiro), Anthony (62′, Mason Mount), Alejandro Garnacho (62′, Marcus Rashford), Frank Onyeka (69′, Vitaly Janelt), Neal Maupay (69′, Yoane Wissa), Anthony Martial (70′, Victor Lindelöf), Saman Ghoddos (82′, Mathias Jensen), Scott McTominay (86′, Sofyan Amrabat)


0-1, 25′: Mathias Jensen1-1, 92′: McTominay2-1, 96′: McTominay


Referee: Andy Madley
Referees VAR: Peter Bankes, Nick Greenhalgh
Aaron Hickey (9′, Yellow) Christian Nørgaard (47′, Yellow) Nathan Collins (64′, Yellow) Vitaly Janelt (66′, Yellow) Neal Maupay (78′, Yellow)


Classification PT PJ PG PE PP

8 12 7 4 0 3
9 12 8 3 3 2
10 12 8 4 0 4
11 11 8 3 2 3
12 11 8 3 2 3

Classification PT PJ PG PE PP

12 11 8 3 2 3
13 9 8 2 3 3
14 7 8 1 4 3
15 7 8 2 1 5
16 7 7 2 1 4


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