Brentford 1-3 Manchester United: Three Things We Learned

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Jan 21, 2022, 14:19

The Premier League continues to catch up on games that were postponed as a result of COVID-19 with one fixture, last night, being a particularly intriguing one between Brentford and Manchester United. The Bees have been able to go toe to toe with many of the top flight’s finest this season and were waiting for their opportunity to do the same thing with the Red Devils.

The end result was an entertaining clash that ended 3-1 to Manchester United, but in reality, there was a whole lot more to the story than that.

The Elanga affect

Anthony Elanga is a star for the future and that much is an understatement. Last night, he was able to string together another neat passage of play that helped the visitors to open the scoring early in the second half. He’s been given a handful of chances to shine thus far and he’s done a fairly solid job of living up to the hype, but now, it’s all about seeing whether or not he can build on it on a consistent way.

Brentford’s determination

Brentford were the aggressors and really, were the ones who looked like scoring the most for the opening half hour of the game against United. They didn’t, but even when they went 3-0 down they refused to give up – scoring a goal with five minutes left that gave them a glimmer of hope. They may not be pushing for the top half but it’s looking like they won’t have to worry about the threat of relegation; at least not this season.

Ronaldo friction?

Cristiano Ronaldo wasn’t very happy when he was substituted off by Ralf Rangnick, seemingly because he felt like he should be able to complete the full 90 minutes in the hope of him scoring a goal. Alas, that isn’t how it works, and hopefully Rangnick has been able to help him see the light. You’d think that after two decades in the sport he’d begin to understand that this is a team game but apparently, hissy fits take priority.

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