Manchester United has become a baffling team to watch. They managed to come away with some impressive individual performances that led to three quality goals against a well-drilled Brentford side.
Manchester United’s win had some positives. These included the well-received Elanga goal, Rashford breaking his goal drought, the growing influence of Fred in Ralf’s midfield, and proof that The Reds can still win without Cristiano Ronaldo in the scorebook.
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Rangnick won 3 important points even though he had a poor start.
He deployed a 4-3-3 after abandoning his preferred 4-2-2-2, but it finished with his squad playing three at the back as they held off a late Brentford fightback. The fact Ivan Toney’s goal came from a corner will not have escaped Rangnick’s attention. He will probably take note of the fact that United again failed to remotely trouble Brentford with their own set-pieces.
Ronaldo was sent to the bench after 71 minutes and looked quite disappointed. He was seen by the television cameras simmering on the steps near the Manchester United bench after having lost a wrestle with his coat, which was promptly thrown to the ground. While United celebrated their third goal through Rashford, Rangnick was seen deep in discussion with Ronaldo, explaining the decision to replace him.
“The only reaction I got from him, was him asking why me? I had to make the decision in the interest of the team,” Rangnick explained after the match. “We were in the same situation as at the weekend — 2-0 up and we didn’t want to make the same mistake again. I decided to switch to a back five and it was the right decision. Cristiano was not happy — he’s a goal-scorer and would have wanted to score himself, but we needed the legs.”