Manchester United loved a snug 3-0 win in opposition to Brentford of their last residence match of a depressing season as Old Trafford bid farewell to Ralf Rangnick and a few gamers amid extra protests in opposition to the Glazer household.
Monday marked a yr for the reason that postponement of the Red Devils’ residence conflict in opposition to Liverpool, when followers made their anger on the possession clear within the wake of the European Super League debacle.
Supporters have protested at every of United’s last three residence video games and the anti-Glazer sentiment was clear earlier than and throughout the victory in opposition to Brentford at Old Trafford.
This was the primary match that Thomas Frank’s Bees had misplaced with Christian Eriksen within the beginning line-up and there have been occasions earlier than and after Bruno Fernandes’ early opener that the Dane threatened to unlock the hosts.
A slim offside resolution denied Cristiano Ronaldo earlier than half-time, however the veteran would get on the scoresheet after changing the spot-kick foolishly given away by Rico Henry.
Raphael Varane hooked residence a deflected third as followers gave standing ovations to departing Nemanja Matic and Juan Mata as they had been substituted on their last Old Trafford appearances.
There had been renewed chants in opposition to the Glazers within the 73rd minute, when a number of departed slightly than the mass exodus deliberate forward of an enormous summer time in each division at United.
Brentford could discover the scoreline exhausting to swallow given the spectacular moments they confirmed throughout their first aggressive match at Old Trafford since 1975.
Eriksen pulled the strings from the outset and put Bryan Mbeumo behind dozy Alex Telles within the opening seconds of a match that noticed the Stretford End applaud the Denmark worldwide at their first nook.
Brentford performed with confidence below the Old Trafford floodlights however United would strike an early blow, with Diogo Dalot sending Anthony Elanga scampering down the appropriate.
The 20-year-old – one in all few vibrant spots for United this time period – fizzed over a cross that Fernandes crashed residence within the ninth minute.
Eriksen tried to catch out David De Gea with a snapshot when Brentford returned to the assault and offered a superb cross that Ivan Toney headed over from shut vary.
While the Brentford playmaker probed, Ronaldo was proving a handful on the different finish.
From backheels to forcing David Raya into a clumsy save from a long-range free-kick, then furiously claiming he ought to have had a penalty following Mads Bech Sorensen’s problem. Referee Chris Kavanagh was unmoved.
Next Ronaldo neatly flicked into Mata, who lashed narrowly extensive of the close to submit on his first Premier League begin of the season.
Mbeumo flashed extensive because the Bees swarmed ahead and Eriksen continued to impress, just for United to have a good time a second.
Mata broke down the left and despatched a low cross that Ronaldo squeezed previous Raya. Provider and scorer celebrated collectively, just for the aim to be dominated out following a VAR assessment.
That resolution gave Brentford renewed hope of a well-known outcome and De Gea denied Eriksen’s stinging 30-yard free-kick within the second half, then stopped Toney together with his ft.
But it was not all one-way visitors and Raya tipped a Dalot effort onto the woodwork after a one-two with Ronaldo, who had strayed offside within the build-up.
Fernandes fizzed throughout the face of aim having been discovered by Matic earlier than United created respiration area within the 61st minute.
Ronaldo was bundled over within the field by Henry and the veteran despatched Raya the unsuitable approach in entrance of an elated Stretford End.
There had been standing ovations for Matic and Mata as they had been substituted within the last residence match earlier than their contracts expire, with the latter capable of have a good time a 3rd aim earlier than being changed.
Pontus Jansson practically turned a Ronaldo cross into his personal aim nevertheless it went behind for a nook, which Telles swung over for Varane to hook in through a deflection.
The deliberate stroll out 17 minutes from time noticed some exit however not the plenty some anticipated as flares stuffed the air and chants elevated in quantity.
Substitute Edinson Cavani regarded determined to attain on what is unquestionably his final Old Trafford look, however the closing levels petered out and Brentford failed to attain a comfort.