Manchester United vs Brentford: Player Ratings

In a bid to make sure Manchester United stay in the top six of the Premier League come the end of the season, they took on Brentford at Old Trafford on Monday evening.

United started the game brightly, and capitalised quickly on their good start through Bruno Fernandes, who was brilliantly set up via a cross from young winger Anthony Elanga. United continued to dominate, and despite a few dangerous deliveries from Brentford’s new star-man Christian Erisen, they kept control.

In the dying moments of the second half, Cristiano Ronaldo added a second goal to the score line after a wonderful pass from Juan Mata, however the goal was ruled out for offside.

In the second half, Brentford did well to put pressure on the United goal, however once Ronaldo won and converted a penalty and Raphael Varane opened his account in a Manchester United shirt, the match finished in a 3-0 victory for the hosts.


Full player ratings:

Goalkeeper

David de Gea – 8/10

A slightly quiet night for De Gea in context of the last few weeks, he was reliable when called upon and looked in complete control when required.

Defenders

Diogo Dalot – 6/10

Dalot started the match off with a beautiful ball in towards Ronaldo, however as time went on his crosses became less and less accurate. A fairly net-positive performance, however nothing stand out.

Victor Lindelof – 7/10

Lindelof, together with Varane, kept striker Ivan Toney reletivly quiet for the majority of the game, controlling balls in well and making a couple of vital clearances.

Raphael Varane – 7.5/10

Starting his third match in a row, Varane played very well to keep a clean sheet. He also scored his first goal in Red, which fans around the world will be delighted to see.

Alex Telles – 6/10

After coming under fire for recent performances, Telles played a slightly more positive game, however still had a couple of moments where he was just overpowered by Toney. Despite this, it was him who whipped in a great cross from a corner to suply Varane with his goal.

Midfielders

Scott McTominay – 5/10

McTominay played his part in complementing Matic in what was one of United’s best overall displays since Ralf Rangnick took over, however did not stand out compared to the rest of the side tonight.

Nemanja Matic – 8/10

In his Old Trafford bow, Matic showed to all that class is permenant. He marshalled the middle of the park with great authority, and set Fernandes up with a great chance to score early in the second half, although the eventual effort was not converted.

Juan Mata – 8/10

Starting his first league match of the season and his final ever match at Old Trafford, Mata was nothing but class for the 74 minutes he played. He set up Ronaldo for a goal which was eventually ruled out for offside, however his general calmness in the centre of the part was a lovely sight to see.

Attackers

Anthony Elanga – 8/10

Elanga started the game incredibly brightly, and set up Fernandes in the 9th minute to open the scoring. He continued to show off his quick feet throughout the first half. His performance started to die off slightly as time went on, but his early impact gave United the platform to cruse to a comforable win.

Cristiano Ronaldo – 9/10

The first half was a real throwback performance from Ronaldo, combining brilliantly with Mata on mulitple occasions. In the second half he continued to show his swagger, winning and converting a penalty to put United in complete control of the fixture.

Bruno Fernandes – 5/10

Despite scoring the opening goal, Fernandes had yet another sub-par display, when you consider the standards he originally set himself when signing for the club. He scored his 50th goal for Manchester United tonight.

Substitutes

Fred – 6/10

Coming on to replace Matic, Fred sat in the middle of the park to control a game which was realistically already won by teh time he came on.

Edinson Cavani – N/A

Cavani came on for the first time in months since his injury, however had no significant impact.

Phil Jones – N/A

Jones came on to sure up the defence during the final phase of the match, however had no significant impact. He almost scored from a corner, though.

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