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Ralf Rangnick's regime was Manchester United's endgame after years of collective underperformance

At Old Trafford, the curtain was drawn on a temporary regime, a few eras and multiple failures (Author: Gardener)

Ralf Rangnick'sAfter his last game in charge at Old Trafford, Sir Alex Ferguson took the center circle mic to declare that leading Manchester United had been "the most fantastic experience of my life" and urged the fans "to step aside for the next manager." stand". Ralf Rangnick didn't do the same. No wonder as the Scot has played 27 seasons and made 27 appearances. With his biggest win as United manager, the 3-0 win over Brentford, the interim said goodbye, at least on home turf. He spent his evening overlooking the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand. There won't even be a Ralf Rangnick closet at Old Trafford. Rangnick was a harsh critic of United's recruitment and an ineffective manager of her team. "In the end I'm not satisfied with the result," Rangnick summarized his reign succinctly. I would have expected to qualify for the Champions League, that was the goal we had.” He was brought in on a last-minute assignment. There are two away games left, but it felt like the end of a temporary regime, a few eras and a mistake or two. It was probably or definitely the departure of Juan Mata and Nemanja Matic, Jesse Lingard and Edinson Cavani. It would have been for Paul Pogba too, barring no signs of United's record buy: signed for £89million, now sidelined, perhaps his departure from Old Trafford came as he scoffed when he was substituted against Norwich. It could even be a second goodbye to Cristiano Ronaldo, who has one year left on his contract amid questions about whether he's the right fit for Erik ten Hag or whether he's in the mood for the Europa League himself, but 24 goals this season shows his enduring hunger . But that's a question you have to ask Erik and also Cristiano," said Rangnick. Having frequently criticized United's transfer policy in the past, he believes they now need two more strikers, although his definition of it is flexible enough to include wingers. "It is obvious that some players will leave and there is a need for quality players," said Rangnick. Only two of his 372 goals have been scored this season, but his second year at Manchester felt unnecessary when United suddenly signed Ronaldo. They turned down large sums for Lingard, gave him two starts in the league this season and he will now go on a free transfer. Rangnick said it was because the local had a lonely training day and because he wasn't allowed five substitutes, Cavani and Phil Jones came in instead. It was unsatisfying that the Uruguayan, with his questionable commitment to the cause, got a cameo while Lingard, who has been on United's books since the age of seven, did not. Matic shows an honorable streak by leaving when he could stay; maybe Jose Mourinho shouldn't have signed him, certainly United shouldn't have given him a three-year deal in 2020 when he was almost 32 years old. He and Mata may be the ghosts of Chelsea's past, but they're hardly the counter-pressing twins. The Serb was cautioned for being slow (technically for dragging back Christian Eriksen, himself hardly known for his speed) but Rangnick showed a sentimental streak as he first started and then replaced her. They are well-liked personalities and there was a sense of witness as everyone walked off. Mata was great, but his elegant excellence accentuated confused thinking. He's been at Old Trafford for eight and a half years but they rarely had a plan for him; a flagship commitment became a fringe figure. With neither Ole Gunnar Solskjaer nor Rangnick finding much use for him, it remains a mystery why they gave him a new contract last summer: he didn't play a minute in the Premier League before the 31st game of the season, or only played on 36th .started. He had completed the payroll before belatedly becoming the only post-Ferguson signee to start a Premier League game for each of the five managers who have succeeded the Scot, provisionally and reportedly permanently. Mata's United years give him an unfortunate distinction. Even men on the fringes of Ferguson tended to collect the great silverware. Nobody has played for United for so long without winning the league since Mike Duxbury. He, and not Pogba, is the record buy that could obviously go with affection. But his United years were a period of collective underperformance. This season has felt like rock bottom. "This is not the downfall of Manchester United," Rangnick wrote in his program notes. Ferguson rarely had to say that.

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Roy Keane names Man United XI of all time but explains why Paul Scholes is out

Roy Keane shared a dressing room with some incredible players during his time at Manchester United. So when it came time to pick his ultimate Red De (Author: Gardener)

Roy KeaneRoy Keane shared a dressing room with some incredible players during his time at Manchester United. So when it came time to pick his ultimate Red Devils Premier League XI, he was always spoiled for choice. Sky Sports asked the United legend to pick his team on Monday night after watching his former club beat Brentford 3-0. Keane admitted he was reluctant to do so because of the risk of upsetting people, but he did as he was told and inevitably some big names would be left out. "I already told you I don't like doing this," Keane said. “I don't like upsetting some of my teammates. It is not easy. "I had to leave out some brilliant characters and brilliant players." The most notable omissions were the likes of Paul Scholes, Rio Ferdinand and Eric Cantona, while also picking out a few he didn't exactly get along with. Keane and Schmeichel notoriously didn't get along, as the pair once fought at a hotel before a big match, but he was still the choice between the sticks against Edwin van de Sar and David de Gea. "He was very good... not as good as everyone thought," Keane said. “He was a good character in the dressing room. He created big moments and guided us through big games. Peter would produce and help us get trophies. “Being good characters, making important saves. Because we were a decent team, Peter wasn't challenged much, but he made some great saves for us. He was lively and he produced the important moments. Neville dominated the right-back position at Old Trafford for so many years, so that decision - relative to Wes Brown, Raphael and Paul Parker - was perhaps one of Keane's easiest. The former midfielder said of Neville: "Brilliant. He was a brilliant player. He was a brilliant character in a way, he went to bed at 8.30pm and we criticized him. Gary fell into the group, no problem. “To be fair, when you get into the first team, Gary got more vocal. Republic of Ireland internationals Irwin and Keane were good friends so it's no surprise he made it to left-back and was a pretty decent player. Kean said: "I slept with Dennis at United and Ireland. Brilliant coach, rarely injured, showed up at the big games. He was a good guy.” Now begins some of the controversial tips. United had some fantastic centre-backs from Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Steve Bruce but Keane explained why he had to choose Stam and Pallister. “I couldn't leave Jaap Stam out. Big, strong, brave, brilliant in one-on-ones. When I first went to United there were some guys who went out of their way to help and [Lee] Sharpey and Pally were always there. "I wasn't surprised [when Stam left]. But when you're at a big club, players come and go quickly. United had some brilliant midfielders throughout the Premier League era and perhaps none more memorable than Beckham. Keane said: "He was younger. "I don't think I ever had an argument with him about anything because he showed up every day and put in a shift." Giggs is perhaps Manchester United's greatest player of the Premier League era, with a staggering 963 appearances in all competitions and a remarkable 13 league titles. "Where do you want to start? Everything you would expect from a broad player. The number of goals they got from each other's crosses. Giggs was a superstar in a way, but he was a good teammate.” There were many names Keane could have mentioned here, and perhaps one of the most surprising is omitting Scholes in favor of Ince. Keane said: "Robson has to go in there. He was a great player for Man United. Scored some great goals for the club. I'll put Paul Ince. Another very good player. “Difficult to leave Scholes outside. But I thought Incey was brilliant in midfield. Good teammate to have next to you. Good teammate to have next to you. From Eric Cantona to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Andy Cole and Ruud van Nistelrooy, Keane could probably have picked several forwards in his best XI, but the two he chose were Rooney and Ronaldo. "Yorkie was brilliant, Cantona was brilliant, Ruud, Mark Hughes, Ole. Oh my goodness. All the other brilliant guys I've played with, I couldn't miss either of them two. "It was easy. You see these young lads thrive as long as they do their best, that's part of learning. Those lads, Wayne and Ronaldo, I always felt their priority was football at Man United. "Sometimes players have to learn from their mistakes, we certainly wouldn't come down hard." When asked if he was happy with his choice, Keane said, "Yes, I agree with that. Let's put it that way, you have a chance [at the Winning the Premier League]. That's all you want."You've got players showing up, you've got goals on the team, you've got characters, you've got height, physicality, pace. When asked who the manager would be, Keane joked, "Big Ron Atkinson."

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Manchester United farewell night

From Juan Mata to Jesse Lingard, Old Trafford said goodbye to a multitude of departing players against Brentford. This era is coming to an end (Author: Gardener)

Manchester UnitedOld Trafford was a place of farewell on Monday night. It was the last time Manchester United fans visited the stadium this season - goodbye and goodbye to 2021/22, one might say - and the last home appearance in the careers of several players as well as the man in the coaching bench. It was almost midnight when he finally finished posing for photos and signing autographs for international fans waiting outside the compound in the rain. He has behaved with grace in his eight years at United and at a better functioning club he might have been closer to the big trophies that were expected upon his joining. Brentford's back-five formation offered Mata room to control possession but he still needed to seize the initiative, which he did during a performance that filled the applause at his ceremonial substitution with real warmth. Nemanja Matic also got a standing ovation as his number went up after another fine performance recently. On the other hand, there were no moments of recognition for Jesse Lingard, who Ralf Rangnick left on the bench. Shortly after the final whistle, Lingard's brother Louie Scott, in an Instagram post, claimed United were "run by people who don't even know the offside trap", adding: "Been there for nine years and I don't even have one." get farewell !!!” Instead, Rangnick gave Phil Jones minutes for a second time after being deeply upset at being substituted off against Liverpool at the break last month and Edinson Cavani. Rangnick explained how his thinking owed Lingard's training ahead of the Brentford game after a brief hiatus for personal reasons. However, Cavani only recently returned to full sessions after a two-month absence. "Tonight was one of those nights when I would have liked to have had five substitutes," said Rangnick. "For example, giving Alejandro Garnacho 15 minutes at 3-0, but I had to choose between bringing him or Edinson." Rangnick naturally said goodbye to the press conference suite, in which he stimulated fans and angered some players with outspoken assessments . Fans will miss his briefings but there are members of his squad ready for a new manager and coaching staff. The players applauded those in the stands, and what came back was clapping, not heckling. Had the announced supporter protest gone exactly as planned, Old Trafford would have been empty. Fans were encouraged to walk out with 17 minutes remaining to symbolize every year since the Glazer family took over the club in a leveraged buyout. "We want Glazers out," chanted the crowd. As the players went through the tunnel at the break, 1-0 up, they were greeted with "Love United, hate Glazers". There is more power to protest when United are ahead than behind. But in general people are more apt to inspire joy than anger and United supporters in particular are looking forward to welcoming success once again. All it took was a 3-0 win over Brentford to brighten the mood at Old Trafford for that post-full-time stroll around the pitch. David de Gea gave his jersey to a fan in the same section that booed Paul Pogba three weeks ago. Rangnick wanted high pressing and 'verticality', but that was an achievement based on possession with patient playmaking. United's total of 714 passes against Brentford was the highest of the season (ahead of 700 against Everton in October) and the 95 possessions lost is the lowest tally save for the trip to Manchester City (93), which was partly due to their absence Ball so much at the Etihad. At the same time, Cristiano Ronaldo showed an exemplary performance as a center forward. He's a player Rangnick has seen with a certain level of tension with over-the-top style and selection, but he covered a lot of ground in the last third and even sprinted back to attack Bryan Mbeumo in the 29th minute after he had passed the ball had given away, leading in large part to the crowd shouting "Siuuuu." Ronaldo appeared to be running his own backheel contest, finishing five in the game with good productivity, his passing game was crisp and his strength and speed for the penalty, which he won when he was roughly bowled over by Brentford's Rico Henry, suggested that he can carry on well beyond his 38th birthday which is next February. There will be some doubts as to whether Ronaldo will remain at United up to the point where he shows up for the pre-season tour to Thailand and Australia, but sources believe he will stay. The Dutchman has shown adaptability by using Sebastien Haller as a striker this season. What the next Manchester United manager thinks of Ronaldo will be fascinating - but that'll have to wait. Ten Hag has his own departure from Ajax first.

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Roy Keane names his best Man Utd XI of the Premier League era

Roy Keane has named his best Manchester United XI of the Premier League era but left out some big names including Paul Scholes and Eric Cantona (Author: Gardener)

Roy KeaneAfter you register, we use the email address you provided to send you the newsletter. After you register, we use the email address you provided to send you the newsletter. You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the newsletter email. You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the newsletter email. Roy Keane has named his best Manchester United XI of the Premier League era. Speaking on Sky Sports' Monday Night Football after United's 3-0 win over Brentford at Old Trafford, the Irishman surprised by leaving out the likes of Paul Scholes and Eric Cantona. The ex-Man Utd captain, who enjoyed a hugely successful 12-year spell with the Red Devils between 1993 and 2005, also joked that "Big Ron Atkinson" would be his manager ahead of Sir Alex Ferguson. Here's Roy Keane's best Man Utd XI of the Premier League era: “He was very good. Not as good as everyone thought, but he was very, very good. Of course I have good memories of him. He was a good character in the dressing room. Me and Peter weren't best buddies - far from it actually - but the most important thing is that I had a lot of respect for him and he performed well in big moments and helped us get over the line in big matches. Peter would produce and help us win trophies. He wasn't often called, but when he did, he produced. "I give Nev a lot of sticks, but I'll go with Nev. You have to have quality to do what Gary did. He was a very good player and a really good teammate. When those five or six come to practice, you know they're going to stay because they were really good players. I think Gary used to go to bed at seven thirty every night and we would criticize him, but he was a real top professional player. He really loved the club and it came through. We all hugged Gary. “I couldn't leave Jaap Stam out. OK, he didn't play as many games as the other guys, but he was big and strong, brilliant one-on-ones. He could head, he could jump, he could read the game, he was aggressive. I wasn't surprised when he left. He had a bad injury and when you're at a top club players come and go. But he was a brilliant player for Manchester United.” “The other one was a problem but I went with Gary Pallister. Brucey was a brilliant player but you have to leave someone out. Rio was obviously a good athlete and read the game well, but my relationship with Pally was pretty good too. Certain guys at United will do anything to help you. He was obviously a very good player. I always looked exhausted but I would have him in there.” I slept with him for Manchester United and Ireland. He could play at right-back, he was right-footed, but I used him at left-back. Brilliant coach, rarely injured, in all the big games, good at set pieces. When he played now, we're talking about the modern full-back, Denis was at the top.” “I have to go with Becks on the right flank. He was a brilliant player. He could get an assist, he could give you goals, he was good at set pieces, he could run for you all day. “Becks was a little younger, he was from London, he loved his gear, loved his cars. But what do you expect from a young player, does he train properly and does he give everything for the cause? Becks did that. I didn't care about the other parts. If they were a distraction, you pull a young player aside. Bryan was a great player for Manchester United, full of courage and scoring some great goals for Manchester United when the club weren't at their best. I played against Robbo a couple of times in Forest. The word that comes to mind for Robbo is brave to go in the box but dead brave." "Incey was a very good player, maybe tarnished his reputation at United playing for Liverpool or whatever. There's been a lot of talk about Incey being the Guv'nor and he's been held up to it, but that was just a joke. Incey was a really good teammate and I thought he was a very good player. "It was difficult to leave out Scholesy and Butty, brilliant players and brilliant characters. But I just thought Incey was the first season I was there when we won the double, he was brilliant in midfield. He was a good teammate to have with you in the trenches. He could head, he could defend, he could score you. “You can't pick a Manchester United team and leave Giggsy out. When I hear coaches talk about consistent players, Giggsy has to go in. Giggsy was on the team before me and had a lot of commitments off the field, he was a superstar in a way. But his priority was his football.” “When he came to United he was just a kid. Did we all think he would carry on and achieve the things he has achieved in terms of goals and assists? no But did we think he had a chance to become one of the greatest players of all time? A lot can happen. But look at Ronaldo. With all his off-field stuff, I don't think it's ever been a distraction. He was amazing and I still love watching him." "Wayne was a little bit different. He was at Everton and played a lot of games. I wouldn't say I embraced him as quickly as Ronaldo. But you just knew he was going to be a brilliant player. I had a disagreement or two with him. He picked up the remote to watch X Factor while I was watching rugby league. You need those disagreements to blow off steam.” Jamie Carragher asked Keane who would become his manager and the Premier League legend said with a lopsided smile: “Erm… big Ron Atkinson”. Roy Keane picks his all-time Man Utd XI and Carragher asks him who would be boss... Keane only played under Ferguson at Old Trafford but the two fell out and sadly still haven't resolved their differences. You can watch Keane's segment from Monday Night Football in full here: QUIZ: How Many Of These Champions League Players Can You Identify?

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Manchester United 3-0 Brentford

Minute report: Can Manchester United claim a win in their last home game of the season? Find out with Michael Butler (Author: Gardener)

Manchester United 3-0This website uses cookies for analytics, personalized content and ads. By continuing to browse this site, you agree to this use. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Minute report: Can Manchester United claim a win in their last home game of the season? Find out with Michael Butler. 28 min: In scenes likely to delight Ten Hag, Ronaldo loses the ball, then chases back and unwraps it for a Brentford throw-in. That must have been an interesting observation for Erik ten Hag. There are so many Manchester United players who will be worried about their future next season. We know Matic will leave while others like Mata and Cavani are likely to leave. As so often, Ronaldo is certainly the exception. He turns 38 but has scored nine of United's last 11 goals. He's not a classic Ten Hag player, but the guy is still unavoidable. man of the match tonight. A great way to sign off for the season at Old Trafford. 21 – Since Derby County beat Manchester United 3-2 in April 1997, all of the last 21 away teams have lost their first Premier League game at Old Trafford. pic.twitter.com/ReYrMBz8qx— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 2, 2022 Let's celebrate with this moment of individual brilliance ✨👌 pic.twitter.com/ay2NwyOJWT— Premier League (@premierleague) July 31, 2021 73 min: I can report that although many banners and chants - "We want Glazers out" - are up, only a few people leave their seats in protest. Empty seats among Manchester United fans seen after the 73rd minute of the game. It's a relatively good welcome for the United players as they head out for the 'victory lap'. "United fans have been blessed with the return to the club of the greatest player of the modern era - if not the greatest of all time - Cristiano Ronaldo," writes Richard Harris via email. "Anyone who leaves early or engages in some bizarre counting of angels on pinheads to signal self-righteous virtue is basically not a true fan in my eyes." Club gets the visuals almost right,” adds Jason Jawando. It's always easier (for players and fans) to do something like that when you've had a good season. The fans are expected to show up when the football is mediocre, so the players should salute the fans when they're (rightfully) angry.” Sir Alex Ferguson signs his program for Sam Allardyce in the stands. Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan also cavorts. Manchester United scored... *EYE RUBING*... scored from a corner! As easy as they come, with the Frenchman firing the set piece through a crowd of bodies and past Raya. I think it needed a distraction to make things harder for the Brentford keeper. Raphael Varane (No.19) scores Manchester United's third goal home. Photo: Ash Donelon/Manchester United/Getty Images 90 min: Two minutes were added here. United held the ball well. 89 min: Fans are now starting to leave Old Trafford, although I think it has more to do with beating traffic. 86 min: Some of you are asking if this is the first time Manchester United have started a game without English players. See also: Sir Alex Ferguson follows trend by fielding non-English XI in Manchester derby 84 min: Ronaldo holds his Achilles tendon. The game is won, he's 37, but substitutions are issued instead to give Mata and Matic a sentimental farewell. That would annoy me if I were a United fan/coach/executive. 82 min: "I thought the idea was everyone going out at 73 minutes, not 73 people going out," emails Jonny Mac. 80 min: McTominay tweaks the ball in midfield and suddenly United go four to three forward. But the Scot chooses the wrong option, feeding Ronaldo on his left while Cavani was better placed on his right, with Brentford obliterating the threat. 78 min: Just a reminder that even if Manchester United win all their remaining games, they can still only match their worst Premier League points total of 64. 75 mins: A few more changes: Mata, who was brilliant tonight, comes out for Jones while Cavani comes in for Elanga. Brentford also make their latest substitution, Wissa for Mbeumo. Raya moves to the right, Ronaldo to the left and United have a two-goal lead. Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo scores his second goal from the penalty spot. 60 min: With Henry out of position, Ronaldo finds space on the right wing. Using great force, he pushes a retreating Henry out of the way, continues into the box, and falls to the ground under challenge from Henry, who comes back for a second bite. It's smart of Ronnie, naive of Henry and a punishment all day long! Brentford's Rico Henry brings down Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo in the penalty area, resulting in a penalty kick. Photo: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images 71 min: Matic is substituted off in his final appearance at Old Trafford. Fred is coming, he's missed the last four games. Brentford are also making some changes: – Brentford FC (@BrentfordFC) May 2nd 2022 70 mins: Interesting to see how widespread these Glazer protests are that are set to take place in the 73rd minute. Related: Manchester United players greet fans despite hot season and protests 68 min: Penalty screams for Brentford! 66 mins: Corner to Brentford. Ronaldo gets a nasty knock down from Norgaard as the ball comes in. 63 min: Ronaldo is 37 years old. He's speeding down the pitch at Old Trafford like a man 10 years his junior. 53 mins: With freedom from Manchester, Fernandes saunters through the center of Brentford's defense and snags a high pass from Matic. Fernandes goes further than necessary and misses a shot. Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes fires a shot. 58 min: Brentford fans find their voice. 57 min: Chance for Toney! The ball cannons circle United's box after a corner and Norgaard finds Toney on the right, forcing De Gea to make a textbook save with his legs. United hack the ball away but Brentford look a lot more dangerous this half. 55 min: Yellow card for Matic, who cynically withdraws Eriksen on a Brentford counterattack. Eriksen aims from 30 yards but De Gea smashes the attempt away. Min.44: Mata is released down the left flank (!!!) and the veteran darts down the wing before delivering a deep cross to Ronaldo, who is all alone in the centre. Ronaldo is not mistaken, shoots a powerful shot past Raya to make it 2-0! But no, VAR shows that Ronaldo was just in front of the ball when Mata crossed. Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with team-mate Juan Mata... Photo: Naomi Baker/Getty Images Photo: Naomi Baker/Getty Images Photo: Peter Powell/EPA Photo: Peter Powell/EPA Photo: Peter Powell/EPA 50 min: Dalot scores the bar! It's actually a wonderful save from Raya, who, after a clean one-two with Ronaldo, deflects the Portuguese's hard shot onto the woodwork. 48 min: Expert set piece by Brentford! Eriksen sends a 50-yard cross into the box from the touchline and finds Toney perfectly at the back post. It was perfectly choreographed, with blockers and runners in the box, but Toney's finish let Brentford down! I'm looking forward to seeing Juan Mata play regularly next season, wherever it may be. Both teams will be happy about the goal in their own way. 45 min: Needless to say, Ronaldo is not exactly happy about the (right) decision. 41 min: Brentford are slowly working their way back into this game. Eriksen drops a couple of set pieces straight to the money before blowing a third cross into the stands. - reece (@reecef550) May 2nd 2022 38 mins: Mbeumo slices in from the right and unleashes a fierce shot at De Gea's near post. 35 mins: Gary Neville, co-commentary for Sky, has pointed out that tonight's Brentford formation - 5-3-2 - at Old Trafford has traditionally struggled due to the width and large dimensions of the pitch. Brentford are struggling to keep United's full-backs in shape. 30 min: Mata was quiet in central midfield, a very decent presence. Manchester United's Juan Mata (right) dodges a challenge from Brentford's Kristoffer Ajer. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Photo: Martin Rickett/PA 32 min: Chance for Mata! The Spaniard combines with Ronaldo, who deftly jumps into Mata's run, but the 34-year-old can only shoot wide with his weaker right foot. 25 mins: Mata, Elanga and Ronaldo exchange sparkling one-touch passes on the edge of Brentford's box before Ronaldo dives in and seeks a penalty under Roerslev's attention. No, and replays show it was quite a majestic jump by the Portuguese. Brentford's Mads Roerslev watches as Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo hits the deck. 23 minutes: Rapid counterattack by United, Ronaldo lets go of Elanga. An excellent tackle by Sorensen against Elanga is wrongly punished by Chris Kavanagh and Ronaldo sends the ensuing free-kick straight to Raya in Brentford's goal. 21 min: Brentford is getting closer. Eriksen pings another wondrous cross into the mixer and Toney looks just over the bar. Lindelof looks a little unsure of what to do with the England striker. Dalot plays another great ball over the top, Elanga dashes for the ball and slices the ball back from the sideline toward the six-yard box, and Bruno Fernandes is there to bring the ball home with sidefoot volleyball ! That's 10 for the season for Bruno. Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes (second right) is congratulated by his team-mates after scoring. Photo: Jon Super/AP 17 mins: Brentford are lucky not to concede a dangerous free-kick just on the edge of their own box as Elanga sneaks in to pounce on a mess between Sorensen and Henry. 15 min: Henry sends a superb cross into the box but he hits it too well and even Toney is caught flat-footed. @michaelbutler18 Surely the wand is attached to Eriksen's right leg? — Brendan Large (@brendanlarge) May 2, 2022 Wrong. Wands can only be attached to the left feet (or carried in the hand, of course). 12 min: Eriksen slams one from 25 yards straight at De Gea, who has to palm down him to take the stab out of the shot. 11 min: This is a Manchester United team that is woefully lacking in pace. Elanga is the only player in the eleven who could have reached that ball before going on target for a goal kick and it was an instinctive cross. 8 min: Penalty screams! A Telles cross comes from the left in the direction of Elanga and Sorensen pushes the Swede away from the ball. Not given. Manchester United in their red shirts, white shorts and black socks. Brentford wears their all-yellow away kit. An anti-glazer banner can be seen in the stands as players enter the field. Photo: Phil Noble/Reuters Photo: Phil Noble/Reuters Photo: Phil Noble/Reuters 5 min: Eriksen looks good for that. He hovers over the field as if he had a magic wand in his hand. 3 mins: Next, Dalot sends an outrageously good pass over the top to his compatriot Ronaldo. Ronnie takes it on his chest beautifully, but just as he is forming to shoot, he loses his footing on the slick Old Trafford pitch! Ronaldo misses the shot as he falls - a bit slacked off for Brentford. It's been raining a lot in Manchester in the last hour and that saved them there. 1 minute: Peeeeeeep! Brentford kick-off and it takes a full five seconds for Eriksen to throw a delicious lofted pass to Mbeumo, who sees cleanly through to goal! However, the impact fools him and Telles gets back in to clear the hazard. "Is it just me who finds the comparative reactions of club fans to the current difficulties of their team astounding?" asks Eric Peterson. “On the one hand, the protests of a deeply angry Manchester United fan base. On the other hand, the Everton fans who couldn't have made it clearer to their team yesterday how they have their backs going into the stadium and throughout the game. I'm proud to be a toffee in so many ways today.” It's true that the atmosphere at the Goodison was absolutely electric, inside and out. The fans chanted Frank Lampard's name as he exited the team bus. Despite their poor form and a derby defeat, Everton fans seemed to sense exactly what their side needed and made it very difficult for Chelsea during the game - and also set off fireworks outside Chelsea's hotel the night before. However, it is not certain how comparable it is to the situation against Manchester United. Tonight's protests at Old Trafford are against the club's ownership tonight, not the team's poor form. Obviously, the history of Manchester United and Old Trafford is huge. Because this tweet contains "Manchester United," I'm including this sensational image of Eusebio buying an Otis Redding vinyl in your feed tonight. Eusébio in a record store ahead of the European Cup Final between Benfica and Manchester United. — Record Lovers (@recordlovers) May 2, 2022 "For a club with a relatively unknown continental manager and a team of many journeymen, today's plucky underdogs must be delighted with their mid-table position," writes Justin Kavanagh via email. Congratulations on another successful season under the Glazers for Manchester United.” This may not be the club's best idea, especially as it will bring to light many supporters who are off the ground. Another protest against the Glazers is expected, this time fans will be asked to leave their seats in the 73rd minute of the competition - 17 minutes from the end to celebrate 17 years since the Americans took over the club. Related: Manchester United players greet fans despite hot season and protests Mata makes his first league start of the season Fred also makes the bench, he has missed the last four games. It looks like Brentford will start in a 5-3-2 with Christian Eriksen in engineering. The Bees are undefeated in all six games he has started. Went for lunch today with a friend from Manchester United. I told him I was doing this MBM and assumed he would watch the game too. He's not going out: It's a Monday, for heaven's sake, at the end of a bank holiday weekend. This is a textbook opportunity for a night of good old-fashioned Manchester United fun at home. "Probably not." Of course, a fan's enthusiasm for a particular football game should not trigger mass protests or panic. After all, he's a little fair-weather fan from south London who has to get up early in the morning. And fear not, there will be a sale at Old Trafford and millions reading this MBM and watching the game around the world, all decked out in their official merchandise. Are people getting a little bored with Manchester United after years of underperforming? This game is not entirely irrelevant. United still have Europa League qualification to think about, important only because slipping to seventh place and the Europa Conference League should be avoided at all costs. There are many in the United squad who are playing for their future. Manchester United remains an away game day for teams progressing to the Premier League and most Brentford fans will be hoping for their chances tonight on their first visit to Old Trafford in 46 years and their first league visit since 1946. Brentford scared United in the second leg and should have put in a couple of goals for good at half-time before United displayed a rare reckless streak in the second half to win the game 3-1. A similarly competitive game would do very well tonight.

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Cristiano Ronaldo's gesture shows Manchester United will miss Nemanja Matic

Man Utd ended their season at Old Trafford with one of their best performances of the season, beating Brentford 3-0 in the Premier League. (Author: Gardener)

Cristiano Ronaldo'sMan Utd ended their season at Old Trafford with one of their best performances of the season, beating Brentford 3-0 in the Premier League. Thank you for subscribing!We have more newslettersShow me Manchester United's midfield was an area , who needed reinforcements even before Nemanja Matic confirmed his time at the club was coming to an end. After recent performances, Matic could open up his options this summer. It sounds simple, but United's ideal replacement for this summer basically has to be a younger, more mobile version of Matic. Matic is United's only natural midfielder and in back-to-back Old Trafford games against Chelsea and Brentford he stood head and shoulders above Scott McTominay, who is likely the closest United can fill his shoes. Matic set up Cristiano Ronaldo's goal against Chelsea with a brilliant lofted wedge pass and again showed an eye for the outrageous against Brentford early in the second half. He had time to dial in a center circle pass but the chipped ball he found to release Bruno Fernandes was superb and deserved the finish, only for Fernandes to pull it just wide of goal. When Matic was substituted with 20 minutes left, Ronaldo started the applause from the pitch and then ran to the center circle to hug his teammate. After that terrible season, it was a gesture that showed Ronaldo what United will miss if Matic isn't there. If Erik ten Hag has been keeping a close eye on United over the past few weeks then he has surely been impressed by the form of Ronaldo who now has 24 goals this season. Ronaldo won and converted the second-half penalty that tipped that game over Brentford and put in another performance that showed he's far more than a goalscorer despite his advanced age. The 37-year-old appeared to be enjoying himself as Juan Mata played right behind him. Mata's skilful streak scored Ronaldo in the first half, averting a penalty challenge when he went down. A few minutes later, Ronaldo showed his own skill to return the favor and created a chance that Mata played wide on his right foot. Ronaldo was so eager to excel on the defensive as well that he charged back in the first half to attack Bryan Mbuemo with a powerful slide attack as Brentford threatened to break. It's certainly felt like a slightly different Ronaldo over the past few weeks. He may be eager to impress Ten Hag, but his movement was noticeably more dynamic, falling low and to either flank and becoming much more involved in the build-up play. When asked before the game if United needed to perform for the fans and win on Monday night, Ralf Rangnick agreed but also stressed the importance of carrying form and energy into next season. It's a shorter than usual turnaround ahead of the 2022/23 kick-off on August 6, so maybe the idea is to end this season on good form to give Ten Hag a platform to build on when he takes over in June. That certainly explains Rangnick's desire to continue building a strong squad, with neither Alvaro Fernandez nor Alejandro Garnacho coming off the bench against Brentford. There's certainly plenty to do for Ten Hag this summer, but if United can finish with a flourishing finish then maybe their task will be a little bit easier. It was another night of protests at Old Trafford and they got plenty of television coverage, although events may have conspired against the expected impact. The idea of ​​a strike in the 73rd minute sounded good but United had scored their third goal a minute earlier and very few fans rose from their seats to leave the ground. It was five minutes on the clock when the first chant of "Get up if you hate Glazers" echoed around Old Trafford, and while thousands stood up, there were also many who didn't. All five senior United players leaving the club at the end of their contracts this summer are aged 29 or over and while they need to be replaced in the squad, Ten Hag must also find ways to replace their experience. Matic, 33, has been a reassuring presence in midfield in recent games and Mata, 34, has shown his class in the final weeks of his time at the club. It was interesting to see Mata go to Anthony Elanga for final instructions just before kick-off. The departure of Matic, Mata, Jesse Lingard, Paul Pogba and Edinson Cavani is a chance to refresh the squad but sometimes there is no substitute for experience. Sign up for our United newsletter so you don't miss an update from Old Trafford this season.

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How did the relationship between Paul Pogba and Manchester United come about?

It's sad for everyone that a player of Paul Pogba's tremendous ability has played the best years of his career at a club but won so little (Author: Gardener)

Paul PogbaWhen Paul Pogba was injured after just nine minutes at Anfield, the reaction of Manchester United fans was implacable. In the second leg at Old Trafford, the Frenchman came on as a half-time substitute but was warned by his manager not to do anything stupid. But last week fans doubted he was injured, either accusing him of bottling it up or claiming he strategically got out so he couldn't be booed. He had been mocked after being substituted in the previous game against Norwich City and had his ears to the fans. At Anfield there were hints from frustrated fans that he was the opposite of Norman Whiteside and Bryan Robson, past United warriors stuck at Anfield even when Liverpool were a far better side. However, Pogba was injured with a calf strain and a scan proved it. United's doctor said he is likely to be out for at least four weeks - and Ralf Rangnick said he is unlikely to play for United again this season (Pogba is doing everything he can to play again this season). If he doesn't, it could mean he's already played his last United game since being out of contract in the summer and has yet to sign the huge offer on the table. United expect him to leave but the door isn't closed and Pogba has always said he'll make up his mind at the end of the season. There's no shortage of United fans ready to cheer him out of that door and wish him well after this season, which is his sixth since that world-record transfer. United haven't won a single trophy in five of those seasons - not that the Frenchman is solely to blame, nor is he the only one to be spat out of United's talent-stifling machine. However, Pogba, with his salary and status, is considered a prime example of overpaid and underperforming footballers. We now have a situation where a poll by fanzine United We Stand found that 95 percent believe "enough is enough" while five percent said "I haven't given up on him yet". Fans can change their minds quickly, but it looks like Pogba is without a road after a season that newspaper Le Parisien dubbed 'dead'. He has scored one goal for United this season, played just 44 per cent of possible minutes and started in just 46 per cent of games, including just 10 of United's league games since September. He didn't want to get hurt, but with the team failing, patience is running thin everywhere. It started off so well, too, with an implausible seven assists in the first three league games; Since then, he's only done two more. If he leaves - and there will undoubtedly be a number of suitors - he has made 226 appearances for United in the six seasons of his second spell at the club, averaging 38 a season, and has scored 39 goals (16 of them). in one season, 2018-19). In half of his six seasons, he played under 2,000 league minutes out of a possible 3,420. The conversation surrounding Pogba goes well beyond stats, however, and such is his talents that it's not unreasonable to have high expectations. He was at United in his supposed heyday and at 29 he should be United's most important player but fans don't even have a song they sing about him on a regular basis. Again, Manchester United is partly to blame: the managers he played under and the club too. Pogba has limited connection with fans as he barely communicates with them. Fans don't feel like they know who he is and the relationship was never built lest it collapse. He could have had people righting wrongs on his behalf like other players. His agent linked him to a move from United, quotes released a few days before a big Champions League game in Leipzig. Pogba was rarely seen in Manchester. Check out what other players living in Manchester have been up to. If he speaks correctly, it's the French media, but Pogba has been based in Manchester for a decade in total. He hardly speaks to them because he just doesn't trust them and feels like they treated him harshly for leaving for Juventus a decade ago (and he was entitled to say it was the right decision, never mind what Sir Alex Ferguson had said about him and his agent). He was injured at the time and didn't do anything wrong by leaving. There has been a story in recent weeks that he has left the team's WhatsApp group - which he denies. He never responded to criticism from fans until recently at Norwich but felt abused after his best season at the club. His situation is complex as he is a really popular player among his teammates. "It's difficult to understand him," says a person who knows him well. He has strong and attractive qualities as a senior squad member, a world champion who can live with that huge transfer fee. He is his own man and people are attracted to him. He is an energizer and players follow him through ups and downs. But as his relationship with (former United manager) Jose Mourinho soured when Paul didn't agree with him, he felt unfairly treated and dragged other players along with him. Mourinho called him "a virus" at the time, but the manager was not without blame when United's form faltered in late 2018. Other people who also work near him speak well of Pogba. A staff member sent a message of encouragement to all United players who have recently played in a round of major internationals. Only two, including Pogba, who was away with France, came back to say thank you. His close friends only have good things to say. This is someone who has been a key player in the World Cup with 92 caps and has been happier playing for his country than his club all three months. In France he feels he is in his best position, knows his role and has the confidence of the coach and the other players. The team is at a higher level than United, they play better football, there's more brotherhood. For United he feels he has to change the system, the players around him, the managers... it's not easy. Fans know it hasn't been easy for him as United moved through a spectrum of different head coaches. The dream of being sold by United when he was about to sign for Real Madrid didn't come true. It feels like Pogba has given up on United fans just as many have given up on him, but he only reacted at Norwich - when he was far from the worst United player. For the player of tremendous ability who spent the best years of his career at a club where he won little. For the club who signed him in good faith hoping he could become a good luck figure and inspire the team to perform at their best again. For the fans who expected more. There could be a way back for him at United - Erik ten Hag's view of Pogba could be a deciding factor - but the prospects don't look rosy at the moment. "There's a gem of a player and a person in there," says someone who knows him well, "but it takes a lot of things to get right for that to come through, other than him driving himself."

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Manchester United 3-0 Brentford

Minute report: Can Manchester United claim a win in their last home game of the season? Find out with Michael Butler (Author: Gardener)

Manchester United 3-0This website uses cookies for analytics, personalized content and ads. By continuing to browse this site, you agree to this use. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Minute report: Can Manchester United claim a win in their last home game of the season? Find out with Michael Butler. 28 min: In scenes likely to delight Ten Hag, Ronaldo loses the ball, then chases back and unwraps it for a Brentford throw-in. That must have been an interesting observation for Erik ten Hag. There are so many Manchester United players who will be worried about their future next season. We know Matic will leave while others like Mata and Cavani are likely to leave. As so often, Ronaldo is certainly the exception. He turns 38 but has scored nine of United's last 11 goals. He's not a classic Ten Hag player, but the guy is still unavoidable. man of the match tonight. A great way to sign off for the season at Old Trafford. 21 – Since Derby County beat Manchester United 3-2 in April 1997, all of the last 21 away teams have lost their first Premier League game at Old Trafford. pic.twitter.com/ReYrMBz8qx— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 2, 2022 Let's celebrate with this moment of individual brilliance ✨👌 pic.twitter.com/ay2NwyOJWT— Premier League (@premierleague) July 31, 2021 73 min: I can report that although many banners and chants - "We want Glazers out" - are up, only a few people leave their seats in protest. Empty seats among Manchester United fans seen after the 73rd minute of the game. It's a relatively good welcome for the United players as they head out for the 'victory lap'. "United fans have been blessed with the return to the club of the greatest player of the modern era - if not the greatest of all time - Cristiano Ronaldo," writes Richard Harris via email. "Anyone who leaves early or engages in some bizarre counting of angels on pinheads to signal self-righteous virtue is basically not a true fan in my eyes." Club gets the visuals almost right,” adds Jason Jawando. It's always easier (for players and fans) to do something like that when you've had a good season. The fans are expected to show up when the football is mediocre, so the players should salute the fans when they're (rightfully) angry.” Sir Alex Ferguson signs his program for Sam Allardyce in the stands. Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan also cavorts. Manchester United scored... *EYE RUBING*... scored from a corner! As easy as they come, with the Frenchman firing the set piece through a crowd of bodies and past Raya. I think it needed a distraction to make things harder for the Brentford keeper. Raphael Varane (No.19) scores Manchester United's third goal home. Photo: Ash Donelon/Manchester United/Getty Images 90 min: Two minutes were added here. United held the ball well. 89 min: Fans are now starting to leave Old Trafford, although I think it has more to do with beating traffic. 86 min: Some of you are asking if this is the first time Manchester United have started a game without English players. See also: Sir Alex Ferguson follows trend by fielding non-English XI in Manchester derby 84 min: Ronaldo holds his Achilles tendon. The game is won, he's 37, but substitutions are issued instead to give Mata and Matic a sentimental farewell. That would annoy me if I were a United fan/coach/executive. 82 min: "I thought the idea was everyone going out at 73 minutes, not 73 people going out," emails Jonny Mac. 80 min: McTominay tweaks the ball in midfield and suddenly United go four to three forward. But the Scot chooses the wrong option, feeding Ronaldo on his left while Cavani was better placed on his right, with Brentford obliterating the threat. 78 min: Just a reminder that even if Manchester United win all their remaining games, they can still only match their worst Premier League points total of 64. 75 mins: A few more changes: Mata, who was brilliant tonight, comes out for Jones while Cavani comes in for Elanga. Brentford also make their latest substitution, Wissa for Mbeumo. Raya moves to the right, Ronaldo to the left and United have a two-goal lead. Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo scores his second goal from the penalty spot. 60 min: With Henry out of position, Ronaldo finds space on the right wing. Using great force, he pushes a retreating Henry out of the way, continues into the box, and falls to the ground under challenge from Henry, who comes back for a second bite. It's smart of Ronnie, naive of Henry and a punishment all day long! Brentford's Rico Henry brings down Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo in the penalty area, resulting in a penalty kick. Photo: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images 71 min: Matic is substituted off in his final appearance at Old Trafford. Fred is coming, he's missed the last four games. Brentford are also making some changes: – Brentford FC (@BrentfordFC) May 2nd 2022 70 mins: Interesting to see how widespread these Glazer protests are that are set to take place in the 73rd minute. Related: Manchester United players greet fans despite hot season and protests 68 min: Penalty screams for Brentford! 66 mins: Corner to Brentford. Ronaldo gets a nasty knock down from Norgaard as the ball comes in. 63 min: Ronaldo is 37 years old. He's speeding down the pitch at Old Trafford like a man 10 years his junior. 53 mins: With freedom from Manchester, Fernandes saunters through the center of Brentford's defense and snags a high pass from Matic. Fernandes goes further than necessary and misses a shot. Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes fires a shot. 58 min: Brentford fans find their voice. 57 min: Chance for Toney! The ball cannons circle United's box after a corner and Norgaard finds Toney on the right, forcing De Gea to make a textbook save with his legs. United hack the ball away but Brentford look a lot more dangerous this half. 55 min: Yellow card for Matic, who cynically withdraws Eriksen on a Brentford counterattack. Eriksen aims from 30 yards but De Gea smashes the attempt away. Min.44: Mata is released down the left flank (!!!) and the veteran darts down the wing before delivering a deep cross to Ronaldo, who is all alone in the centre. Ronaldo is not mistaken, shoots a powerful shot past Raya to make it 2-0! But no, VAR shows that Ronaldo was just in front of the ball when Mata crossed. Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with team-mate Juan Mata... Photo: Naomi Baker/Getty Images Photo: Naomi Baker/Getty Images Photo: Peter Powell/EPA Photo: Peter Powell/EPA Photo: Peter Powell/EPA 50 min: Dalot scores the bar! It's actually a wonderful save from Raya, who, after a clean one-two with Ronaldo, deflects the Portuguese's hard shot onto the woodwork. 48 min: Expert set piece by Brentford! Eriksen sends a 50-yard cross into the box from the touchline and finds Toney perfectly at the back post. It was perfectly choreographed, with blockers and runners in the box, but Toney's finish let Brentford down! I'm looking forward to seeing Juan Mata play regularly next season, wherever it may be. Both teams will be happy about the goal in their own way. 45 min: Needless to say, Ronaldo is not exactly happy about the (right) decision. 41 min: Brentford are slowly working their way back into this game. Eriksen drops a couple of set pieces straight to the money before blowing a third cross into the stands. - reece (@reecef550) May 2nd 2022 38 mins: Mbeumo slices in from the right and unleashes a fierce shot at De Gea's near post. 35 mins: Gary Neville, co-commentary for Sky, has pointed out that tonight's Brentford formation - 5-3-2 - at Old Trafford has traditionally struggled due to the width and large dimensions of the pitch. Brentford are struggling to keep United's full-backs in shape. 30 min: Mata was quiet in central midfield, a very decent presence. Manchester United's Juan Mata (right) dodges a challenge from Brentford's Kristoffer Ajer. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Photo: Martin Rickett/PA 32 min: Chance for Mata! The Spaniard combines with Ronaldo, who deftly jumps into Mata's run, but the 34-year-old can only shoot wide with his weaker right foot. 25 mins: Mata, Elanga and Ronaldo exchange sparkling one-touch passes on the edge of Brentford's box before Ronaldo dives in and seeks a penalty under Roerslev's attention. No, and replays show it was quite a majestic jump by the Portuguese. Brentford's Mads Roerslev watches as Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo hits the deck. 23 minutes: Rapid counterattack by United, Ronaldo lets go of Elanga. An excellent tackle by Sorensen against Elanga is wrongly punished by Chris Kavanagh and Ronaldo sends the ensuing free-kick straight to Raya in Brentford's goal. 21 min: Brentford is getting closer. Eriksen pings another wondrous cross into the mixer and Toney looks just over the bar. Lindelof looks a little unsure of what to do with the England striker. Dalot plays another great ball over the top, Elanga dashes for the ball and slices the ball back from the sideline toward the six-yard box, and Bruno Fernandes is there to bring the ball home with sidefoot volleyball ! That's 10 for the season for Bruno. Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes (second right) is congratulated by his team-mates after scoring. Photo: Jon Super/AP 17 mins: Brentford are lucky not to concede a dangerous free-kick just on the edge of their own box as Elanga sneaks in to pounce on a mess between Sorensen and Henry. 15 min: Henry sends a superb cross into the box but he hits it too well and even Toney is caught flat-footed. @michaelbutler18 Surely the wand is attached to Eriksen's right leg? — Brendan Large (@brendanlarge) May 2, 2022 Wrong. Wands can only be attached to the left feet (or carried in the hand, of course). 12 min: Eriksen slams one from 25 yards straight at De Gea, who has to palm down him to take the stab out of the shot. 11 min: This is a Manchester United team that is woefully lacking in pace. Elanga is the only player in the eleven who could have reached that ball before going on target for a goal kick and it was an instinctive cross. 8 min: Penalty screams! A Telles cross comes from the left in the direction of Elanga and Sorensen pushes the Swede away from the ball. Not given. Manchester United in their red shirts, white shorts and black socks. Brentford wears their all-yellow away kit. An anti-glazer banner can be seen in the stands as players enter the field. Photo: Phil Noble/Reuters Photo: Phil Noble/Reuters Photo: Phil Noble/Reuters 5 min: Eriksen looks good for that. He hovers over the field as if he had a magic wand in his hand. 3 mins: Next, Dalot sends an outrageously good pass over the top to his compatriot Ronaldo. Ronnie takes it on his chest beautifully, but just as he is forming to shoot, he loses his footing on the slick Old Trafford pitch! Ronaldo misses the shot as he falls - a bit slacked off for Brentford. It's been raining a lot in Manchester in the last hour and that saved them there. 1 minute: Peeeeeeep! Brentford kick-off and it takes a full five seconds for Eriksen to throw a delicious lofted pass to Mbeumo, who sees cleanly through to goal! However, the impact fools him and Telles gets back in to clear the hazard. "Is it just me who finds the comparative reactions of club fans to the current difficulties of their team astounding?" asks Eric Peterson. “On the one hand, the protests of a deeply angry Manchester United fan base. On the other hand, the Everton fans who couldn't have made it clearer to their team yesterday how they have their backs going into the stadium and throughout the game. I'm proud to be a toffee in so many ways today.” It's true that the atmosphere at the Goodison was absolutely electric, inside and out. The fans chanted Frank Lampard's name as he exited the team bus. Despite their poor form and a derby defeat, Everton fans seemed to sense exactly what their side needed and made it very difficult for Chelsea during the game - and also set off fireworks outside Chelsea's hotel the night before. However, it is not certain how comparable it is to the situation against Manchester United. Tonight's protests at Old Trafford are against the club's ownership tonight, not the team's poor form. Obviously, the history of Manchester United and Old Trafford is huge. Because this tweet contains "Manchester United," I'm including this sensational image of Eusebio buying an Otis Redding vinyl in your feed tonight. Eusébio in a record store ahead of the European Cup Final between Benfica and Manchester United. — Record Lovers (@recordlovers) May 2, 2022 "For a club with a relatively unknown continental manager and a team of many journeymen, today's plucky underdogs must be delighted with their mid-table position," writes Justin Kavanagh via email. Congratulations on another successful season under the Glazers for Manchester United.” This may not be the club's best idea, especially as it will bring to light many supporters who are off the ground. Another protest against the Glazers is expected, this time fans will be asked to leave their seats in the 73rd minute of the competition - 17 minutes from the end to celebrate 17 years since the Americans took over the club. Related: Manchester United players greet fans despite hot season and protests Mata makes his first league start of the season Fred also makes the bench, he has missed the last four games. It looks like Brentford will start in a 5-3-2 with Christian Eriksen in engineering. The Bees are undefeated in all six games he has started. Went for lunch today with a friend from Manchester United. I told him I was doing this MBM and assumed he would watch the game too. He's not going out: It's a Monday, for heaven's sake, at the end of a bank holiday weekend. This is a textbook opportunity for a night of good old-fashioned Manchester United fun at home. "Probably not." Of course, a fan's enthusiasm for a particular football game should not trigger mass protests or panic. After all, he's a little fair-weather fan from south London who has to get up early in the morning. And fear not, there will be a sale at Old Trafford and millions reading this MBM and watching the game around the world, all decked out in their official merchandise. Are people getting a little bored with Manchester United after years of underperforming? This game is not entirely irrelevant. United still have Europa League qualification to think about, important only because slipping to seventh place and the Europa Conference League should be avoided at all costs. There are many in the United squad who are playing for their future. Manchester United remains an away game day for teams progressing to the Premier League and most Brentford fans will be hoping for their chances tonight on their first visit to Old Trafford in 46 years and their first league visit since 1946. Brentford scared United in the second leg and should have put in a couple of goals for good at half-time before United displayed a rare reckless streak in the second half to win the game 3-1. A similarly competitive game would do very well tonight.

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Ronaldo scores again as Man United beat Brentford 3-0 in EPL

MANCHESTER, England (AP) - Cristiano Ronaldo continues to be the shining light in a... (Author: Gardener)

3Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo, right, reacts during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Brentford at Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester, England, Monday, May 2, 2022. Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo in action during the English Premier League soccer match League match between Manchester United and Brentford at Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester, England, Monday May 2, 2022. Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo in action during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Brentford at Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester, England, Monday, May 2, 2022. Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United, centre, celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Brentford at Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester, England on Monday, May 2. May 2022 achieved. MANCHESTER, England ( AP) -- Cristiano Ronaldo continues to be the shining light in an otherwise disappointing season for Manchester U dates. Score those 18 English Premier League goals for the Portuguese superstar after converting a penalty he self-earned in the 3-0 win over Brentford on Monday. Ronaldo was also disallowed a goal for a narrow offside at Old Trafford as United salvaged one of their best performances of the season for their last home game. Bruno Fernandes and Raphael Varane - making his debut in English football - were the other scorers. However, United have just two games left and are five points behind fourth-placed Arsenal and three behind Tottenham, with both rivals having four more to play. Ronaldo, who has scored one goal in each of his last four games, is third on the league's top scorer list behind Liverpool's Mohamed Salah (22) and Tottenham's Son Heung-min (19). And he will be back next season, unlike some of the other players in United's squad. United fans gave a standing ovation to outgoing veterans Nemanja Matic and Juan Mata as they were substituted on in their recent appearances at Old Trafford. On Monday it was a year since United's home game against Liverpool was postponed as fans expressed anger at the Glazer family's ownership following the European Super League debacle. Fans have protested at each of United's last three home games and anti-Glazer sentiment was evident before and during the win over Brentford. It was the first game Brentford had lost with Christian Eriksen in the team and he pulled the strings in the London club's first competitive game at Old Trafford since 1975. Anthony Elanga set the first goal in the ninth minute, charging down the right flank and crossing for Fernandes to volley home. Researchers keep finding creepy dolls washing up on Texas beaches Rihanna's beach photos spark warnings not to immerse fruit in Galveston's seawater Then Ronaldo deftly flicked a pass to Mata, who narrowly missed the near post in his first Premier League start of the season whipped. The roles were reversed when Mata collapsed on the left and sent a low cross that pushed Ronaldo past Raya. Provider and scorer celebrated together, only that the goal was ruled out after VAR check.

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Man Utd's home final win cannot gloss over the dismal season and smoldering protests

Cristiano Ronaldo's goal and a dominant show against Brentford won't ease Manchester United fans' anger at a terrible season. (Author: Gardener)

the dismal seasonMANCHESTER, England — The first game at Old Trafford this season was a summer friendly against Brentford that Manchester United fans were keen to attend. The last was a Premier League game against the same opponents which some couldn't wait to see. The optimism of that warm-up after July's lockdown long ago faded, replaced by a growing anger directed at the owners, the board and occasionally the players. - How VAR has affected every Premier League team this season The latest sobering display from fans was leaving the 3-0 win over Brentford 17 minutes early - one minute for every year Glazer has been in possession. The expected exodus wasn't as big as organizers had hoped, but the 90 minutes were filled with anti-glazer chants and banners following a protest outside the stadium for the third straight home game. It wasn't long ago that fans were dying to jump back in after nearly 18 months of coronavirus restrictions, but even the most die-hard United fan has grown weary during a miserable campaign. Once again, fans are pinning their hopes on a new manager, this time in the form of Ajax manager Erik ten Hag. Most will tell you they are optimistic about what the Dutchman could achieve here, but suspicions remain that it could also unravel in spectacular fashion - as has happened for every permanent manager since Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down in As is the case in 2013, few players will leave and top players are needed," Rangnick said afterwards. "I have no doubts that we can get Man United back to where we need to be if everyone works together to help It says everything about what Ten Hag will inherit at Old Trafford that while United are still trying to avoid the lowest total points in the Premier League era, their two main rivals, Manchester City and Liverpool, will spend the week contesting the Champions League semi-finals before continuing their scramble for the title this weekend, in the end defeating Brentford was comfort abel, but it was just United's fifth win in their last 17 games in all competitions and they owed much of that to two players aged 71 combined. Juan Mata, a 34-year-old without a league start since the last matchday of last season and almost certainly leaving the club this summer, was one of the best players and it's probably no coincidence that United were making more passes with the Spaniard on the team than any other league game this season. Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo, three years Mata's senior at 37, scored a penalty to have 18 Premier League goals this season - by far United's top scorer. Bruno Fernandes and Raphael Varane, who are also on the scoresheet against Brentford, are likely to be the focus of Ten Hag's new era, while David De Gea reinforced his case to rival Ronaldo for United's player of the year. Anthony Elanga, who set up Fernandes' opener with a spot-on cross, is another of just a handful of players to emerge from this season in glory. Rangnick's spell in action will not be remembered fondly either, and the German admitted he would have liked to see the performance against Brentford repeated more regularly during his tenure. "I think we put in one of our best performances in possession tonight in six months," added Rangnick. "The season isn't over yet, we still have two away games ahead of us. I would have expected us to qualify for the Champions League, that was the goal we had." It's still mathematically possible for United to finish in the top four, but a Europa League season is more likely or the Europa Conference League is waiting for us. Signings will help and so will a positive start to the new season but frustration and irritation with the owners will never be far away. A routine win over Brentford and another goal from Ronaldo couldn't hide the displeasure of the fans.

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