Manchester United vs Brentford: 5 things we learnt.

Manchester United fans wanted to end the last home game of this season with a win and the players didn’t disappoint them at all as they cruised to a comfortable 3-0 win over Brentford. It was in fact the last home game for many of the United players including veterans like Cavani, Mata and Matic who have served for their club throughout these years.

It was certainly an emotional day for the fans. Cavani who was so prolific for us in the 20/21 season has to depart as well. Important 3 points as far as UEL qualifications are concerned. They are now 6 points clear of West Ham who are at 7th with 3 games left to play.

Here are the 5 things we learned.

1. Redemption for Bruno Fernandes and Manchester United.

Fernandes finally ended his goal drought. On 20th February, the battle against Leeds United was where he last found the back of the net. Dalot started the build-up after a brilliant long ball to Elanga in the right flank where he made a cutback from the byline only to find Bruno who was well inside the 6-yard box for the wonderful finish. A good team goal overall.

2. Yet another goal from Ronaldo.

The Portuguese sensation has reached his goal tally to 18 in PL and 24 across all competitions. No wonder he has been our saviour on many occasions but yesterday he finally got some support from Fernandes and Varane. He won a penalty and converted that into the goal to give the 2-0 lead at 61′.

Whether he is going to stay at United or not is just a matter of time. He is linked to many clubs like Juventus and Bayern Munich in the summer window according to rumours. It’s also very odd to see a footballing legend like Ronaldo in UEL. The final decision is fully on him.

3. Defence looked more organised.

Man Utd’s centre backs looked more formidable since the Chelsea game. Though the fullbacks had a tough night dealing with the crosses from Alonso and James, the match against Brentford looked decent. Man marking has been the problem in our backline. Lindelof and Varane make a good pair.

It was one of the best home games United has played this season. And finally another clean sheet for De Gea who obviously deserves more than this. He has been equally as good as Ronaldo this season.

4. Ten Hag has to deal with many new players in the next season.

With more than 5 to 6 players whose either contract is ending or moving to another club. United’s new manager Erik Ten Hag is looking forward to the new season with some new faces. With another 3 weeks left for this season to end, the Dutch manager is looking for a complete overhaul of his team.

Many players are already linked before the summer window is open. A complete new squad will be on the way. ETH believes in the young guns more I won’t be surprised if he promotes players like Garner, McNeil and Garnacho to the first team.

5. Manchester United has to settle for UEFA Europa League which is more or less assured.

United are to be blamed for this. There were a few matches where United should have won comfortably. But the goal conversion rate is too poor and as a result, breaking the deadlocks were getting tougher due to the lack of finishers in the current squad with Cavani and Greenwood unavailable for many months.

Tottenham and Arsenal have gained the pace and either of these two will now be the favourites for the UCL next year.

22nd January was the date when United was last seen in the top 4 after beating West Ham 1-0. Since then it has been a tough time for Rangnick’s men. With 2 games remaining, they must ensure they don’t drop points against Brighton and Palace.

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Author: Subham Nandi

Blogger. Sports Writer . An ardent fan of Manchester United . #GGMU

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