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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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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 50 mins: Dalot hits 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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Premier League result and final score after Ronaldo Goal Seal victory

Manchester United 3-0 Brentford: Follow the reaction of Old Trafford as Ralf Rangnick's side drove to victory (Author: Gardener)

TraffordFollow the reactions live as Manchester United wrap up their home game with a comfortable win and improved performance against Brentford in the Premier League at Old Trafford. Bruno Fernandes opened the scoring within 10 minutes when he completed Anthony Elanga's cross from the right before Cristiano Ronaldo saw a second ruled out after Juan Mata was ruled offside. Ronaldo would not be denied a second time, however, as he won and then converted a second-half penalty into United's double lead just after an hour with his 18th Premier League goal of the season. Raphael Varane added a third late as United drove to victory and Mata and Nemanja Matic said goodbye in their final appearances at Old Trafford. The result puts United four points ahead of West Ham in the battle for seventh place, although the Hammers have three games left compared to United's two. Follow all the action and updates as Manchester United meet Brentford: * FT: United end the home season on a high with biggest win under Rangnick Varane makes it third with United's first goal. It was an oddly loving farewell for Manchester United. A season that promised far more than it held, which began with Leeds 5-1 demolition, ended at least with Ralf Rangnick's biggest win in his last home game and was decorated by the outgoing Juan Mata. Bruno Fernandes, who scored a hat-trick against Leeds on that exhilarating August afternoon, booked the season at home with his 50th goal for United. Cristiano Ronaldo converted a penalty and at 37 has matched his league goals - 18 - from 2008-09 when Real Madrid paid £80million for him. Another exile from the Bernabeu, Raphael Varane, opened his United account and Brentford were clearly beaten. While disagreements erupted and supporters protested the Glazers' ownership, United were at least able to enjoy victory, just their third in 12 games, in an open, entertaining affair. A week in the Champions League semi-finals saw United instead move closer to booking a spot in next season's Europa League. Cristiano Ronaldo has scored nine of Manchester United's last 12 goals in the Premier League, eight of them at Old Trafford. Manchester United players take a lap around the pitch to applaud the fans who have come to see them every time they have played at Old Trafford this season. It was one of United's best performances of the year and they ended their home run on a high. 90+2 minutes: Ralf Rangnick's last game at Old Trafford ends in victory. Cristiano Ronaldo was named man of the match and there was even time for a few goodbyes. Juan Mata and Nemanja Matic were both applauded when they were substituted and Edinson Cavani also returned to the team. 90 mins: Two minutes of stoppage time for Old Trafford. It was a nice regular win for Manchester United. 84 mins: Christian Eriksen laces a ball into the box and tries to pick out Ivan Toney, but the striker can't touch the ball to turn it towards goal. 81 mins: Bruno Fernandes has a try from long range and his attempt is deflected wide of the left post. The corner swings into the box and jumps past Edinson Cavani and Phil Jones, who are waiting in the six-yard box to get the ball. Brentford recovers the loose ball and cleans up their lines. 78 mins: There were a couple of changes for Brentford too. 75 mins: Anthony Elanga and Juan Mata are replaced by Ralf Rangnick. Mata may also have played his final minutes for Man Utd here. He is replaced by Phil Jones and Edinson Cavani replaces Elanga. 72 minutes: Manchester United is heading for victory in the last home game of the season. Raphael Varane volleys a corner ball down and deflects it towards the goal. There is a deflection that confuses David Raya and sends the ball past him into the net. 70 mins: Nemanja Matic gets applause from the crowd at Old Trafford as he leaves the pitch for the last time as a Manchester United player. He leaves the team at the end of the season and played his last game at Old Trafford. 67 mins: Ivan Toney takes the ball from Alex Telles and drills the ball into the box where Raphael Varane corners it behind him. The corner is swung in by Eriksen but Ronaldo goes down and gives United a free kick. 64 mins: Cristiano Ronaldo scores his 18th Premier League goal of the season for Man Utd 61 mins: Ronaldo converts from the point, Man Utd back to two! 60 minutes: Diogo Dalot slides a through ball down the right side of the field. Cristiano Ronaldo sprints over and shoulders Rico Henry off the ball. Brentford wins a free kick about 25 yards from goal and it's Christian Eriksen who takes it. He smokes his effort around the wall, dragging David De Gea into a jump save to his left. The goalkeeper gets the shot with both hands and shoots it wide of the far post. Bruno Fernandes spots a gap in Brentford's defense when Kristoffer pushes Ajer too far forward. Juan Mata puts the ball down to Nemanja Matic, who flips it over the top and takes out Fernandes' diagonal run into the box. Diogo Dalot deflects the ball from Christian Eriksen and pushes it up to Cristiano Ronaldo. Dalot continues his run into the box and Ronaldo returns the ball to him. The ball bounces past the goalkeeper, hits the bar and bounces off! The offside flag then goes up as Ronaldo was just short of the Brentford defense but Raya was unaware and made a good save for the Bees. 48 mins: A training ground change from Brentford sees Ivan Toney running around the back of the Man Utd line as Christian Eriksen levitates a free-kick over to him. Kick off: Manchester United restart the game and send it to the right flank towards Bruno Fernandes. Mads Sorensen puts him on the ball and Brentford takes possession. Bruno Fernandes scored his first goal since February to give Manchester United the lead at Old Trafford. Cristiano Ronaldo later had an offside strike to send United a goal clear at the break. 45+1 mins: It was a good first half from Manchester United, who dominated possession and found several opportunities to bring Brentford down. They created a couple of half-chances and Christian Eriksen is looking for a fight. VAR come to the rescue of Brentford, ruling Cristiano Ronaldo was offside when Juan Mata's played came to him. 44 mins: It's comfortable for Man Utd now! United shoots the ball down the left wing and Mata chests it to Fernandes. He waits for Mata to spin from behind and loop the ball over to him. Ronaldo runs through the middle from the ball and Mata feeds it to him. He hits with a side shot and although Raya gets a hand on the ball he finds the back of the net! 39 minutes: Eriksen sends a short corner to Bryan Mbeumo, who returns the ball to him. He tries to cross but checks to Dalot's left to open up the center of the box before blasting his cross right out of play, letting out a scream of anger and frustration. 36 mins: Ronaldo makes another decent run to set up a through ball and wins United a corner after Ajer tackled and knocked him out of the game. The corner is brought in by Alex Telles, but Ivan Toney heads to the ball and nods it away. 33 mins: Manchester United deftly manipulate the ball down the field, looking for space on the wings, passing it back to the goalkeeper and sweeping through the middle. Brentford are trying to get forward in the press but United's pass is too smooth for them to get close. Juan Mata there is Bruno Fernandes fouled on the left side of the last third of the bees. He goes down and is awarded a free kick. Alex Telles swings into the box, but David Raya confidently comes off his line and snatches the ball out of the air. 30 mins: Dalot bats the ball into the box to pick Ronaldo out, but his pass is too high and goes over the striker's head. Raya cleans up for Brentford and Ronaldo praises Dalot for the effort. 27 mins: There's another Man Utd penalty They quickly pass between Elanga, McTominay and Mata before the latter slides the ball inside for Ronaldo. Ronaldo hits the deck and the bees clear their lines. 24 mins: Man Utd wins a free-kick down the inside of the left channel, well within striking distance of goal. Cristiano Ronaldo goes to take it, straps it on low and makes it bounce just before he reaches the goalkeeper, but David Raya comes up behind and grabs the ball. 21 mins: Anthony Elanga tries to break his way into the Brentford - Box to squeeze between Rico Henry and Mads Sorensen. He tussles with Henry and both players go down on the edge of the box, but the referee allows play to continue and the Bees clear their lines. They work the ball to the other end of the field and Eriksen swings a cross into the box. 18 mins: Bruno Fernandes runs down the left flank and comes in at the back and the ball comes over the top. Fernandes rolls the ball into the defender and he goes out of play. The referee gives a goal kick and Fernandes bursts out in frustration with the decision. 15 mins: Christian Eriksen gets the ball squarely in his own half and turns towards the Man Utd goal. He laces up a diagonal pass to the opposite wing where Mads Roerslev comes forward and into the box. However, Alex Telles tagged him and hit the ball in the air to head it away for the home side. 12 mins: There was a quick VAR check to make sure Elanga was on the side, he was and the goal was up. Christian Eriksen then tries to equalize with a long-range shot, but his shot goes straight to David De Gea. 9 minutes: There's the opener! Anthony Elanga times his run well, staying on the side before sprinting after the ball. He keeps it alive on the sidelines and slices it back into the box where Bruno Fernandes arrives to shoot it home! 6 mins: David De Gea taps a cross into Man Utd's box over the bar, giving Brentford second corner of the game Christian Eriksen swings into the box and the keeper comes out to take the ball. At the other end of the field, Anthony Elanga snaked his way into the box and collided with a defender. United's turn to worry Brentford's defence. Diogo Dalot plays a forward pass over the top and hits Cristiano Ronaldo perfectly in the penalty area. Ronaldo chests the ball down and tries to volley it but he slips on the wet turf at the last moment and the ball escapes safely for David Raya to pick it up. They start the game and feed the ball to Christian Eriksen, who hurls it over the Man Utd defence. Bryan Mbeumo runs after it but Alex Telles wraps it up as he controls the ball and his shot is blocked. Bruno Fernandes leads Manchester United for the last time at Old Trafford this season. It's raining lightly, can Man Utd end their campaign at Old Trafford with a win tonight? Can Manchester United get back to winning ways or will Brentford have another upset by beating them at Old Trafford? Cristiano Ronaldo has scored eight of Manchester United's last nine league goals, seven of those eight goals at Old Trafford. In his last 18 Premier League games against promoted teams, he was involved in 24 goals (18 goals and six assists). The Bees are unbeaten in all six games in which Christian Eriksen has started with five wins and one draw. Eriksen has created 13 chances since joining the club, more than any other Brentford player during that period. David de Gea has made 121 saves in the Premier League this season, one short of his highest total in a single season (2018-19). Ivan Toney's goals were worth nine points for Brentford this season in the Premier League – only Cristiano Ronaldo's strikes were more valuable to his side ahead of this weekend's games. One of the last questions Ralf Rangnick was asked at his unveiling in December related to the nature of his future advisory role. There was much more clarity on the issue after news of a bid to take over the Austria national team spread on Thursday night in the hours leading up to Manchester United's lucky 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Old Trafford. Rio Ferdinand believes fear of failure and the consequences must be instilled in the Manchester United dressing room if things are to turn around under new manager Erik ten Hag. After last season's Premier League and Europa League runners-up, the summer signings of Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho further fueled optimism around Old Trafford. But hopes of an increasingly hard fall for the 20-time league champions only allowed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to leave in November and interim successor Ralf Rangnick failed to pull a unified voice out of the squad. Brentford are aiming to win three top-flight away games in a row for the first time in their history. The Bees are unbeaten in their last 12 league games played on a Monday, with five wins and seven draws. Brentford have gained 16 points in the top flight since the beginning of March through five wins, a draw and a loss. But after keeping two of their first three away games in the Premier League without conceding, Brentford have conceded a goal in each of their last 14 away games. Manchester United have won four of their last 16 games in all competitions. They have not won their last four Premier League home games on a Monday (D2 L2), including a 1-0 defeat by Wolves in January, their only home defeat in the league under Ralf Rangnick. With his contract expiring at the end of the season, Juan Mata will almost certainly make his farewell appearance at Old Trafford for Manchester United tonight. He gets his first start of the season tonight after not starting a Premier League game since the final day of last season, when then-manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer rested his first pick ahead of the Europa League final. Thomas Frank wants his players to ignore Manchester United's big names and express themselves while Brentford look to secure a historic win at Old Trafford. Last season's Sky Bet Championship play-off winners will almost certainly beat relegation and secure another season of Premier League football after hitting the 40-point mark. Brentford has enjoyed some memorable moments during his first top-flight season since 1947 and will be hoping to enjoy another at United United on Monday night. The Bees have rarely faced the Red Devils over the decades, making the opportunity all the more exciting as they attempt to win at Old Trafford for the first time since 1938. Brentford head north unafraid as the Bees hope to stab Manchester United Ralf Rangnick makes a change to the Manchester United side who held a 1-1 draw with Chelsea last Thursday. Thomas Frank makes two changes to Brentford's starting XI. Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick spoke about tonight's opponents and how well they have played this season. Rangnick explained how tough United found the second leg and expects a similar game again tonight. They won 2-0 against Arsenal, they won 4-1 at Chelsea at Stamford Bridge two or three weeks ago.” He said: “We had our problems in the first game, in the first half. We could have been 2-0 down and it was only in the second half that we were able to switch and turn the game around. Manchester United host Brentford for the first time in competition since a 2-1 League Cup win in September 1975 and for the first time in the league since a 4-1 win in December 1946. Brentford are unbeaten in six meetings with Manchester United in in all competitions – drawing one and losing five – since winning the FA Cup 2-0 in February 1938. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believed in the magic, the mystique of Manchester United. De Gea can attest to Manchester United's plight. It was a way to preview United against Chelsea, a game that was a Champions League final 14 years ago and an FA Cup final four years ago. United's first and last point against Ralf Rangnick's top-four opponents owed more to the Spaniard's goalkeeping skills than his ability as a motivator. Much was due to the excellence of Cristiano Ronaldo and him, two with memories of happier days overall, in both penalty areas as United rode their luck to a draw. They can be liberated from the criticism that virtually everyone else at Old Trafford deserves, from their team-mates to the powerbrokers who have managed to put together the most expensive squad in football history only to pay for nearly half a billion pounds in signings than Ralf being unavailable Rangnick named a bench with four children, two goalkeepers, two injured defenders and an aging Juan Mata. That was Manchester United-style strength at depth, but a good goalkeeper can make up for a host of other mistakes. Manchester United have won just one game in their last six league games - a 3-2 win over Norwich on April 16. After defeats to Liverpool and Arsenal, they avoided losing three games in a row when Cristiano Ronaldo canceled out Marcos Alonso's goal against Chelsea last time out to give them a draw at Old Trafford. Brentford are unbeaten in four league games - a streak dating back to March 20. Thomas Franck's men are full of confidence and a first Premier League trip to Old Trafford won't bother them too much. Manchester United are sixth in the Premier League table. They are eight points behind Arsenal (4th) and six behind Tottenham (5th), having also played a game more than both London clubs. The Red Devils can salvage their season with a Europa League spot but they need to finish at least sixth and there is a real chance West Ham (7th) can catch and overtake them if the results don't go to their wishes. Brentford meanwhile go into the 14th game of tonight with 40 points. That should be enough to keep them in the Premier League for another season and if Thomas Franck's men can pick up another three points tonight they would move up to 11th with a view to a top-10 finish. Ralf Rangnick believes Manchester United need to find and develop "future top star players" as the interim manager prepares to transition into an advisory role. The 63-year-old is set to fall short of his goal of guiding the stuttering Red Devils to Champions League qualification but still hopes to leave a lasting legacy at Old Trafford. Rangnick will move from United's interim boss to an advisory role in the summer - a job that comes with his new position as coach of the Austria national team. Thomas Frank says his side go into every game "with a great belief that we can make something of it" and a trip to Old Trafford is no different. "When they came to us we played a great first half and should have taken the lead," he said. But going to Old Trafford is still a tall order. Ralf Rangnick will be in charge of Manchester United for the last time tonight at Old Trafford ahead of the season-ending arrival of Erik ten Hag. Asked if he felt the importance of the occasion, the interim boss replied: "Yes, but it's important for everyone at the club, not just the players who may not be here anymore. It's also important that we show top mentality and attitude and performance in the last game at home.” Manchester United are looking to get back on track tonight in the Premier League against Brentford FC. Thursday's 1-1 draw with Chelsea ensured United averted a third straight Premier League defeat under Ralf Rangnick, but they remain with just one win in six games. Their form has seemingly dashed any hope of the club catching either Arsenal or Tottenham Hotspur in the race for the top four, and United's season is threatening to fizzle out. In predicting how Manchester United will fare against Brentford tonight, Manchester United's Fred may be fit to feature against Brentford after missing four games with a muscle problem. Harry Maguire and Edinson Cavani will both be monitored ahead of kick-off to see if they can play and Jesse Lingard is expected to be available but Jadon Sancho will be sidelined with tonsillitis. Brentford boss Thomas Frank believes Christian Norgaard and Kristoffer Ajer should be available for Old Trafford but Ethan Pinnock, Sergi Canos, Frank Onyeka and Saman Ghoddos remain sidelined. There are just three games left for Manchester United this season but the club may need to finish without the help of Jadon Sancho. The 22-year-old missed United's last game against Chelsea with tonsillitis and interim boss Ralf Rangnick believes the illness will keep him on the sidelines for the rest of the season. "It seems Jadon will be out for the rest of the season with his tonsillitis so most likely he won't be available against Brentford," Rangnick told the media in his pre-game press conference. Welcome to The Independent's coverage of Monday night's Premier League action when Manchester United host Brentford at Old Trafford. United's hopes of finishing in the top four have all but been crushed as they lie eight points behind fourth-placed Arsenal after playing a game more than the Gunners. Ralf Rangnick's men are now playing for pride and a place in next season's Europa League. However, they are in poor form having won just one in their last six league games, although Cristiano Ronaldo's equalizer against Chelsea last time out prevented United from losing three games in a row. On the other hand, Thomas Frank's Brentford are four games unbeaten and have all but secured their survival status for next year, meaning they can enjoy their first Premier League visit at Old Trafford.

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Premier League result and final score after Ronaldo Goal Seal victory

Manchester United 3-0 Brentford: Follow the reaction of Old Trafford as Ralf Rangnick's side drove to victory (Author: Gardener)

TraffordFollow the reactions live as Manchester United wrap up their home game with a comfortable win and improved performance against Brentford in the Premier League at Old Trafford. Bruno Fernandes opened the scoring within 10 minutes when he completed Anthony Elanga's cross from the right before Cristiano Ronaldo saw a second ruled out after Juan Mata was ruled offside. Ronaldo would not be denied a second time, however, as he won and then converted a second-half penalty into United's double lead just after an hour with his 18th Premier League goal of the season. Raphael Varane added a third late as United drove to victory and Mata and Nemanja Matic said goodbye in their final appearances at Old Trafford. The result puts United four points ahead of West Ham in the battle for seventh place, although the Hammers have three games left compared to United's two. Follow all the action and updates as Manchester United meet Brentford: * FT: United end the home season on a high with biggest win under Rangnick Varane makes it third with United's first goal. It was an oddly loving farewell for Manchester United. A season that promised far more than it held, which began with Leeds 5-1 demolition, ended at least with Ralf Rangnick's biggest win in his last home game and was decorated by the outgoing Juan Mata. Bruno Fernandes, who scored a hat-trick against Leeds on that exhilarating August afternoon, booked the season at home with his 50th goal for United. Cristiano Ronaldo converted a penalty and at 37 has matched his league goals - 18 - from 2008-09 when Real Madrid paid £80million for him. Another exile from the Bernabeu, Raphael Varane, opened his United account and Brentford were clearly beaten. While disagreements erupted and supporters protested the Glazers' ownership, United were at least able to enjoy victory, just their third in 12 games, in an open, entertaining affair. A week in the Champions League semi-finals saw United instead move closer to booking a spot in next season's Europa League. Cristiano Ronaldo has scored nine of Manchester United's last 12 goals in the Premier League, eight of them at Old Trafford. Manchester United players take a lap around the pitch to applaud the fans who have come to see them every time they have played at Old Trafford this season. It was one of United's best performances of the year and they ended their home run on a high. 90+2 minutes: Ralf Rangnick's last game at Old Trafford ends in victory. Cristiano Ronaldo was named man of the match and there was even time for a few goodbyes. Juan Mata and Nemanja Matic were both applauded when they were substituted and Edinson Cavani also returned to the team. 90 mins: Two minutes of stoppage time for Old Trafford. It was a nice regular win for Manchester United. 84 mins: Christian Eriksen laces a ball into the box and tries to pick out Ivan Toney, but the striker can't touch the ball to turn it towards goal. 81 mins: Bruno Fernandes has a try from long range and his attempt is deflected wide of the left post. The corner swings into the box and jumps past Edinson Cavani and Phil Jones, who are waiting in the six-yard box to get the ball. Brentford recovers the loose ball and cleans up their lines. 78 mins: There were a couple of changes for Brentford too. 75 mins: Anthony Elanga and Juan Mata are replaced by Ralf Rangnick. Mata may also have played his final minutes for Man Utd here. He is replaced by Phil Jones and Edinson Cavani replaces Elanga. 72 minutes: Manchester United is heading for victory in the last home game of the season. Raphael Varane volleys a corner ball down and deflects it towards the goal. There is a deflection that confuses David Raya and sends the ball past him into the net. 70 mins: Nemanja Matic gets applause from the crowd at Old Trafford as he leaves the pitch for the last time as a Manchester United player. He leaves the team at the end of the season and played his last game at Old Trafford. 67 mins: Ivan Toney takes the ball from Alex Telles and drills the ball into the box where Raphael Varane corners it behind him. The corner is swung in by Eriksen but Ronaldo goes down and gives United a free kick. 64 mins: Cristiano Ronaldo scores his 18th Premier League goal of the season for Man Utd 61 mins: Ronaldo converts from the point, Man Utd back to two! 60 minutes: Diogo Dalot slides a through ball down the right side of the field. Cristiano Ronaldo sprints over and shoulders Rico Henry off the ball. Brentford wins a free kick about 25 yards from goal and it's Christian Eriksen who takes it. He smokes his effort around the wall, dragging David De Gea into a jump save to his left. The goalkeeper gets the shot with both hands and shoots it wide of the far post. Bruno Fernandes spots a gap in Brentford's defense when Kristoffer pushes Ajer too far forward. Juan Mata puts the ball down to Nemanja Matic, who flips it over the top and takes out Fernandes' diagonal run into the box. Diogo Dalot deflects the ball from Christian Eriksen and pushes it up to Cristiano Ronaldo. Dalot continues his run into the box and Ronaldo returns the ball to him. The ball bounces past the goalkeeper, hits the bar and bounces off! The offside flag then goes up as Ronaldo was just short of the Brentford defense but Raya was unaware and made a good save for the Bees. 48 mins: A training ground change from Brentford sees Ivan Toney running around the back of the Man Utd line as Christian Eriksen levitates a free-kick over to him. Kick off: Manchester United restart the game and send it to the right flank towards Bruno Fernandes. Mads Sorensen puts him on the ball and Brentford takes possession. Bruno Fernandes scored his first goal since February to give Manchester United the lead at Old Trafford. Cristiano Ronaldo later had an offside strike to send United a goal clear at the break. 45+1 mins: It was a good first half from Manchester United, who dominated possession and found several opportunities to bring Brentford down. They created a couple of half-chances and Christian Eriksen is looking for a fight. VAR come to the rescue of Brentford, ruling Cristiano Ronaldo was offside when Juan Mata's played came to him. 44 mins: It's comfortable for Man Utd now! United shoots the ball down the left wing and Mata chests it to Fernandes. He waits for Mata to spin from behind and loop the ball over to him. Ronaldo runs through the middle from the ball and Mata feeds it to him. He hits with a side shot and although Raya gets a hand on the ball he finds the back of the net! 39 minutes: Eriksen sends a short corner to Bryan Mbeumo, who returns the ball to him. He tries to cross but checks to Dalot's left to open up the center of the box before blasting his cross right out of play, letting out a scream of anger and frustration. 36 mins: Ronaldo makes another decent run to set up a through ball and wins United a corner after Ajer tackled and knocked him out of the game. The corner is brought in by Alex Telles, but Ivan Toney heads to the ball and nods it away. 33 mins: Manchester United deftly manipulate the ball down the field, looking for space on the wings, passing it back to the goalkeeper and sweeping through the middle. Brentford are trying to get forward in the press but United's pass is too smooth for them to get close. Juan Mata there is Bruno Fernandes fouled on the left side of the last third of the bees. He goes down and is awarded a free kick. Alex Telles swings into the box, but David Raya confidently comes off his line and snatches the ball out of the air. 30 mins: Dalot bats the ball into the box to pick Ronaldo out, but his pass is too high and goes over the striker's head. Raya cleans up for Brentford and Ronaldo praises Dalot for the effort. 27 mins: There's another Man Utd penalty They quickly pass between Elanga, McTominay and Mata before the latter slides the ball inside for Ronaldo. Ronaldo hits the deck and the bees clear their lines. 24 mins: Man Utd wins a free-kick down the inside of the left channel, well within striking distance of goal. Cristiano Ronaldo goes to take it, straps it on low and makes it bounce just before he reaches the goalkeeper, but David Raya comes up behind and grabs the ball. 21 mins: Anthony Elanga tries to break his way into the Brentford - Box to squeeze between Rico Henry and Mads Sorensen. He tussles with Henry and both players go down on the edge of the box, but the referee allows play to continue and the Bees clear their lines. They work the ball to the other end of the field and Eriksen swings a cross into the box. 18 mins: Bruno Fernandes runs down the left flank and comes in at the back and the ball comes over the top. Fernandes rolls the ball into the defender and he goes out of play. The referee gives a goal kick and Fernandes bursts out in frustration with the decision. 15 mins: Christian Eriksen gets the ball squarely in his own half and turns towards the Man Utd goal. He laces up a diagonal pass to the opposite wing where Mads Roerslev comes forward and into the box. However, Alex Telles tagged him and hit the ball in the air to head it away for the home side. 12 mins: There was a quick VAR check to make sure Elanga was on the side, he was and the goal was up. Christian Eriksen then tries to equalize with a long-range shot, but his shot goes straight to David De Gea. 9 minutes: There's the opener! Anthony Elanga times his run well, staying on the side before sprinting after the ball. He keeps it alive on the sidelines and slices it back into the box where Bruno Fernandes arrives to shoot it home! 6 mins: David De Gea taps a cross into Man Utd's box over the bar, giving Brentford second corner of the game Christian Eriksen swings into the box and the keeper comes out to take the ball. At the other end of the field, Anthony Elanga snaked his way into the box and collided with a defender. United's turn to worry Brentford's defence. Diogo Dalot plays a forward pass over the top and hits Cristiano Ronaldo perfectly in the penalty area. Ronaldo chests the ball down and tries to volley it but he slips on the wet turf at the last moment and the ball escapes safely for David Raya to pick it up. They start the game and feed the ball to Christian Eriksen, who hurls it over the Man Utd defence. Bryan Mbeumo runs after it but Alex Telles wraps it up as he controls the ball and his shot is blocked. Bruno Fernandes leads Manchester United for the last time at Old Trafford this season. It's raining lightly, can Man Utd end their campaign at Old Trafford with a win tonight? Can Manchester United get back to winning ways or will Brentford have another upset by beating them at Old Trafford? Cristiano Ronaldo has scored eight of Manchester United's last nine league goals, seven of those eight goals at Old Trafford. In his last 18 Premier League games against promoted teams, he was involved in 24 goals (18 goals and six assists). The Bees are unbeaten in all six games in which Christian Eriksen has started with five wins and one draw. Eriksen has created 13 chances since joining the club, more than any other Brentford player during that period. David de Gea has made 121 saves in the Premier League this season, one short of his highest total in a single season (2018-19). Ivan Toney's goals were worth nine points for Brentford this season in the Premier League – only Cristiano Ronaldo's strikes were more valuable to his side ahead of this weekend's games. One of the last questions Ralf Rangnick was asked at his unveiling in December related to the nature of his future advisory role. There was much more clarity on the issue after news of a bid to take over the Austria national team spread on Thursday night in the hours leading up to Manchester United's lucky 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Old Trafford. Rio Ferdinand believes fear of failure and the consequences must be instilled in the Manchester United dressing room if things are to turn around under new manager Erik ten Hag. After last season's Premier League and Europa League runners-up, the summer signings of Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho further fueled optimism around Old Trafford. But hopes of an increasingly hard fall for the 20-time league champions only allowed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to leave in November and interim successor Ralf Rangnick failed to pull a unified voice out of the squad. Brentford are aiming to win three top-flight away games in a row for the first time in their history. The Bees are unbeaten in their last 12 league games played on a Monday, with five wins and seven draws. Brentford have gained 16 points in the top flight since the beginning of March through five wins, a draw and a loss. But after keeping two of their first three away games in the Premier League without conceding, Brentford have conceded a goal in each of their last 14 away games. Manchester United have won four of their last 16 games in all competitions. They have not won their last four Premier League home games on a Monday (D2 L2), including a 1-0 defeat by Wolves in January, their only home defeat in the league under Ralf Rangnick. With his contract expiring at the end of the season, Juan Mata will almost certainly make his farewell appearance at Old Trafford for Manchester United tonight. He gets his first start of the season tonight after not starting a Premier League game since the final day of last season, when then-manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer rested his first pick ahead of the Europa League final. Thomas Frank wants his players to ignore Manchester United's big names and express themselves while Brentford look to secure a historic win at Old Trafford. Last season's Sky Bet Championship play-off winners will almost certainly beat relegation and secure another season of Premier League football after hitting the 40-point mark. Brentford has enjoyed some memorable moments during his first top-flight season since 1947 and will be hoping to enjoy another at United United on Monday night. The Bees have rarely faced the Red Devils over the decades, making the opportunity all the more exciting as they attempt to win at Old Trafford for the first time since 1938. Brentford head north unafraid as the Bees hope to stab Manchester United Ralf Rangnick makes a change to the Manchester United side who held a 1-1 draw with Chelsea last Thursday. Thomas Frank makes two changes to Brentford's starting XI. Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick spoke about tonight's opponents and how well they have played this season. Rangnick explained how tough United found the second leg and expects a similar game again tonight. They won 2-0 against Arsenal, they won 4-1 at Chelsea at Stamford Bridge two or three weeks ago.” He said: “We had our problems in the first game, in the first half. We could have been 2-0 down and it was only in the second half that we were able to switch and turn the game around. Manchester United host Brentford for the first time in competition since a 2-1 League Cup win in September 1975 and for the first time in the league since a 4-1 win in December 1946. Brentford are unbeaten in six meetings with Manchester United in in all competitions – drawing one and losing five – since winning the FA Cup 2-0 in February 1938. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believed in the magic, the mystique of Manchester United. De Gea can attest to Manchester United's plight. It was a way to preview United against Chelsea, a game that was a Champions League final 14 years ago and an FA Cup final four years ago. United's first and last point against Ralf Rangnick's top-four opponents owed more to the Spaniard's goalkeeping skills than his ability as a motivator. Much was due to the excellence of Cristiano Ronaldo and him, two with memories of happier days overall, in both penalty areas as United rode their luck to a draw. They can be liberated from the criticism that virtually everyone else at Old Trafford deserves, from their team-mates to the powerbrokers who have managed to put together the most expensive squad in football history only to pay for nearly half a billion pounds in signings than Ralf being unavailable Rangnick named a bench with four children, two goalkeepers, two injured defenders and an aging Juan Mata. That was Manchester United-style strength at depth, but a good goalkeeper can make up for a host of other mistakes. Manchester United have won just one game in their last six league games - a 3-2 win over Norwich on April 16. After defeats to Liverpool and Arsenal, they avoided losing three games in a row when Cristiano Ronaldo canceled out Marcos Alonso's goal against Chelsea last time out to give them a draw at Old Trafford. Brentford are unbeaten in four league games - a streak dating back to March 20. Thomas Franck's men are full of confidence and a first Premier League trip to Old Trafford won't bother them too much. Manchester United are sixth in the Premier League table. They are eight points behind Arsenal (4th) and six behind Tottenham (5th), having also played a game more than both London clubs. The Red Devils can salvage their season with a Europa League spot but they need to finish at least sixth and there is a real chance West Ham (7th) can catch and overtake them if the results don't go to their wishes. Brentford meanwhile go into the 14th game of tonight with 40 points. That should be enough to keep them in the Premier League for another season and if Thomas Franck's men can pick up another three points tonight they would move up to 11th with a view to a top-10 finish. Ralf Rangnick believes Manchester United need to find and develop "future top star players" as the interim manager prepares to transition into an advisory role. The 63-year-old is set to fall short of his goal of guiding the stuttering Red Devils to Champions League qualification but still hopes to leave a lasting legacy at Old Trafford. Rangnick will move from United's interim boss to an advisory role in the summer - a job that comes with his new position as coach of the Austria national team. Thomas Frank says his side go into every game "with a great belief that we can make something of it" and a trip to Old Trafford is no different. "When they came to us we played a great first half and should have taken the lead," he said. But going to Old Trafford is still a tall order. Ralf Rangnick will be in charge of Manchester United for the last time tonight at Old Trafford ahead of the season-ending arrival of Erik ten Hag. Asked if he felt the importance of the occasion, the interim boss replied: "Yes, but it's important for everyone at the club, not just the players who may not be here anymore. It's also important that we show top mentality and attitude and performance in the last game at home.” Manchester United are looking to get back on track tonight in the Premier League against Brentford FC. Thursday's 1-1 draw with Chelsea ensured United averted a third straight Premier League defeat under Ralf Rangnick, but they remain with just one win in six games. Their form has seemingly dashed any hope of the club catching either Arsenal or Tottenham Hotspur in the race for the top four, and United's season is threatening to fizzle out. In predicting how Manchester United will fare against Brentford tonight, Manchester United's Fred may be fit to feature against Brentford after missing four games with a muscle problem. Harry Maguire and Edinson Cavani will both be monitored ahead of kick-off to see if they can play and Jesse Lingard is expected to be available but Jadon Sancho will be sidelined with tonsillitis. Brentford boss Thomas Frank believes Christian Norgaard and Kristoffer Ajer should be available for Old Trafford but Ethan Pinnock, Sergi Canos, Frank Onyeka and Saman Ghoddos remain sidelined. There are just three games left for Manchester United this season but the club may need to finish without the help of Jadon Sancho. The 22-year-old missed United's last game against Chelsea with tonsillitis and interim boss Ralf Rangnick believes the illness will keep him on the sidelines for the rest of the season. "It seems Jadon will be out for the rest of the season with his tonsillitis so most likely he won't be available against Brentford," Rangnick told the media in his pre-game press conference. Welcome to The Independent's coverage of Monday night's Premier League action when Manchester United host Brentford at Old Trafford. United's hopes of finishing in the top four have all but been crushed as they lie eight points behind fourth-placed Arsenal after playing a game more than the Gunners. Ralf Rangnick's men are now playing for pride and a place in next season's Europa League. However, they are in poor form having won just one in their last six league games, although Cristiano Ronaldo's equalizer against Chelsea last time out prevented United from losing three games in a row. On the other hand, Thomas Frank's Brentford are four games unbeaten and have all but secured their survival status for next year, meaning they can enjoy their first Premier League visit at Old Trafford.

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TraffordFollow the reactions live as Manchester United wrap up their home game with a comfortable win and improved performance against Brentford in the Premier League at Old Trafford. Bruno Fernandes opened the scoring within 10 minutes when he completed Anthony Elanga's cross from the right before Cristiano Ronaldo saw a second ruled out after Juan Mata was ruled offside. Ronaldo would not be denied a second time, however, as he won and then converted a second-half penalty into United's double lead just after an hour with his 18th Premier League goal of the season. Raphael Varane added a third late as United drove to victory and Mata and Nemanja Matic said goodbye in their final appearances at Old Trafford. The result puts United four points ahead of West Ham in the battle for seventh place, although the Hammers have three games left compared to United's two. Follow all the action and updates as Manchester United meet Brentford: * FT: United end the home season on a high with biggest win under Rangnick Varane makes it third with United's first goal. It was an oddly loving farewell for Manchester United. A season that promised far more than it held, which began with Leeds 5-1 demolition, ended at least with Ralf Rangnick's biggest win in his last home game and was decorated by the outgoing Juan Mata. Bruno Fernandes, who scored a hat-trick against Leeds on that exhilarating August afternoon, booked the season at home with his 50th goal for United. Cristiano Ronaldo converted a penalty and at 37 has matched his league goals - 18 - from 2008-09 when Real Madrid paid £80million for him. Another exile from the Bernabeu, Raphael Varane, opened his United account and Brentford were clearly beaten. While disagreements erupted and supporters protested the Glazers' ownership, United were at least able to enjoy victory, just their third in 12 games, in an open, entertaining affair. A week in the Champions League semi-finals saw United instead move closer to booking a spot in next season's Europa League. Cristiano Ronaldo has scored nine of Manchester United's last 12 goals in the Premier League, eight of them at Old Trafford. Manchester United players take a lap around the pitch to applaud the fans who have come to see them every time they have played at Old Trafford this season. It was one of United's best performances of the year and they ended their home run on a high. 90+2 minutes: Ralf Rangnick's last game at Old Trafford ends in victory. Cristiano Ronaldo was named man of the match and there was even time for a few goodbyes. Juan Mata and Nemanja Matic were both applauded when they were substituted and Edinson Cavani also returned to the team. 90 mins: Two minutes of stoppage time for Old Trafford. It was a nice regular win for Manchester United. 84 mins: Christian Eriksen laces a ball into the box and tries to pick out Ivan Toney, but the striker can't touch the ball to turn it towards goal. 81 mins: Bruno Fernandes has a try from long range and his attempt is deflected wide of the left post. The corner swings into the box and jumps past Edinson Cavani and Phil Jones, who are waiting in the six-yard box to get the ball. Brentford recovers the loose ball and cleans up their lines. 78 mins: There were a couple of changes for Brentford too. 75 mins: Anthony Elanga and Juan Mata are replaced by Ralf Rangnick. Mata may also have played his final minutes for Man Utd here. He is replaced by Phil Jones and Edinson Cavani replaces Elanga. 72 minutes: Manchester United is heading for victory in the last home game of the season. Raphael Varane volleys a corner ball down and deflects it towards the goal. There is a deflection that confuses David Raya and sends the ball past him into the net. 70 mins: Nemanja Matic gets applause from the crowd at Old Trafford as he leaves the pitch for the last time as a Manchester United player. He leaves the team at the end of the season and played his last game at Old Trafford. 67 mins: Ivan Toney takes the ball from Alex Telles and drills the ball into the box where Raphael Varane corners it behind him. The corner is swung in by Eriksen but Ronaldo goes down and gives United a free kick. 64 mins: Cristiano Ronaldo scores his 18th Premier League goal of the season for Man Utd 61 mins: Ronaldo converts from the point, Man Utd back to two! 60 minutes: Diogo Dalot slides a through ball down the right side of the field. Cristiano Ronaldo sprints over and shoulders Rico Henry off the ball. Brentford wins a free kick about 25 yards from goal and it's Christian Eriksen who takes it. He smokes his effort around the wall, dragging David De Gea into a jump save to his left. The goalkeeper gets the shot with both hands and shoots it wide of the far post. Bruno Fernandes spots a gap in Brentford's defense when Kristoffer pushes Ajer too far forward. Juan Mata puts the ball down to Nemanja Matic, who flips it over the top and takes out Fernandes' diagonal run into the box. Diogo Dalot deflects the ball from Christian Eriksen and pushes it up to Cristiano Ronaldo. Dalot continues his run into the box and Ronaldo returns the ball to him. The ball bounces past the goalkeeper, hits the bar and bounces off! The offside flag then goes up as Ronaldo was just short of the Brentford defense but Raya was unaware and made a good save for the Bees. 48 mins: A training ground change from Brentford sees Ivan Toney running around the back of the Man Utd line as Christian Eriksen levitates a free-kick over to him. Kick off: Manchester United restart the game and send it to the right flank towards Bruno Fernandes. Mads Sorensen puts him on the ball and Brentford takes possession. Bruno Fernandes scored his first goal since February to give Manchester United the lead at Old Trafford. Cristiano Ronaldo later had an offside strike to send United a goal clear at the break. 45+1 mins: It was a good first half from Manchester United, who dominated possession and found several opportunities to bring Brentford down. They created a couple of half-chances and Christian Eriksen is looking for a fight. VAR come to the rescue of Brentford, ruling Cristiano Ronaldo was offside when Juan Mata's played came to him. 44 mins: It's comfortable for Man Utd now! United shoots the ball down the left wing and Mata chests it to Fernandes. He waits for Mata to spin from behind and loop the ball over to him. Ronaldo runs through the middle from the ball and Mata feeds it to him. He hits with a side shot and although Raya gets a hand on the ball he finds the back of the net! 39 minutes: Eriksen sends a short corner to Bryan Mbeumo, who returns the ball to him. He tries to cross but checks to Dalot's left to open up the center of the box before blasting his cross right out of play, letting out a scream of anger and frustration. 36 mins: Ronaldo makes another decent run to set up a through ball and wins United a corner after Ajer tackled and knocked him out of the game. The corner is brought in by Alex Telles, but Ivan Toney heads to the ball and nods it away. 33 mins: Manchester United deftly manipulate the ball down the field, looking for space on the wings, passing it back to the goalkeeper and sweeping through the middle. Brentford are trying to get forward in the press but United's pass is too smooth for them to get close. Juan Mata there is Bruno Fernandes fouled on the left side of the last third of the bees. He goes down and is awarded a free kick. Alex Telles swings into the box, but David Raya confidently comes off his line and snatches the ball out of the air. 30 mins: Dalot bats the ball into the box to pick Ronaldo out, but his pass is too high and goes over the striker's head. Raya cleans up for Brentford and Ronaldo praises Dalot for the effort. 27 mins: There's another Man Utd penalty They quickly pass between Elanga, McTominay and Mata before the latter slides the ball inside for Ronaldo. Ronaldo hits the deck and the bees clear their lines. 24 mins: Man Utd wins a free-kick down the inside of the left channel, well within striking distance of goal. Cristiano Ronaldo goes to take it, straps it on low and makes it bounce just before he reaches the goalkeeper, but David Raya comes up behind and grabs the ball. 21 mins: Anthony Elanga tries to break his way into the Brentford - Box to squeeze between Rico Henry and Mads Sorensen. He tussles with Henry and both players go down on the edge of the box, but the referee allows play to continue and the Bees clear their lines. They work the ball to the other end of the field and Eriksen swings a cross into the box. 18 mins: Bruno Fernandes runs down the left flank and comes in at the back and the ball comes over the top. Fernandes rolls the ball into the defender and he goes out of play. The referee gives a goal kick and Fernandes bursts out in frustration with the decision. 15 mins: Christian Eriksen gets the ball squarely in his own half and turns towards the Man Utd goal. He laces up a diagonal pass to the opposite wing where Mads Roerslev comes forward and into the box. However, Alex Telles tagged him and hit the ball in the air to head it away for the home side. 12 mins: There was a quick VAR check to make sure Elanga was on the side, he was and the goal was up. Christian Eriksen then tries to equalize with a long-range shot, but his shot goes straight to David De Gea. 9 minutes: There's the opener! Anthony Elanga times his run well, staying on the side before sprinting after the ball. He keeps it alive on the sidelines and slices it back into the box where Bruno Fernandes arrives to shoot it home! 6 mins: David De Gea taps a cross into Man Utd's box over the bar, giving Brentford second corner of the game Christian Eriksen swings into the box and the keeper comes out to take the ball. At the other end of the field, Anthony Elanga snaked his way into the box and collided with a defender. United's turn to worry Brentford's defence. Diogo Dalot plays a forward pass over the top and hits Cristiano Ronaldo perfectly in the penalty area. Ronaldo chests the ball down and tries to volley it but he slips on the wet turf at the last moment and the ball escapes safely for David Raya to pick it up. They start the game and feed the ball to Christian Eriksen, who hurls it over the Man Utd defence. Bryan Mbeumo runs after it but Alex Telles wraps it up as he controls the ball and his shot is blocked. Bruno Fernandes leads Manchester United for the last time at Old Trafford this season. It's raining lightly, can Man Utd end their campaign at Old Trafford with a win tonight? Can Manchester United get back to winning ways or will Brentford have another upset by beating them at Old Trafford? Cristiano Ronaldo has scored eight of Manchester United's last nine league goals, seven of those eight goals at Old Trafford. In his last 18 Premier League games against promoted teams, he was involved in 24 goals (18 goals and six assists). The Bees are unbeaten in all six games in which Christian Eriksen has started with five wins and one draw. Eriksen has created 13 chances since joining the club, more than any other Brentford player during that period. David de Gea has made 121 saves in the Premier League this season, one short of his highest total in a single season (2018-19). Ivan Toney's goals were worth nine points for Brentford this season in the Premier League – only Cristiano Ronaldo's strikes were more valuable to his side ahead of this weekend's games. One of the last questions Ralf Rangnick was asked at his unveiling in December related to the nature of his future advisory role. There was much more clarity on the issue after news of a bid to take over the Austria national team spread on Thursday night in the hours leading up to Manchester United's lucky 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Old Trafford. Rio Ferdinand believes fear of failure and the consequences must be instilled in the Manchester United dressing room if things are to turn around under new manager Erik ten Hag. After last season's Premier League and Europa League runners-up, the summer signings of Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho further fueled optimism around Old Trafford. But hopes of an increasingly hard fall for the 20-time league champions only allowed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to leave in November and interim successor Ralf Rangnick failed to pull a unified voice out of the squad. Brentford are aiming to win three top-flight away games in a row for the first time in their history. The Bees are unbeaten in their last 12 league games played on a Monday, with five wins and seven draws. Brentford have gained 16 points in the top flight since the beginning of March through five wins, a draw and a loss. But after keeping two of their first three away games in the Premier League without conceding, Brentford have conceded a goal in each of their last 14 away games. Manchester United have won four of their last 16 games in all competitions. They have not won their last four Premier League home games on a Monday (D2 L2), including a 1-0 defeat by Wolves in January, their only home defeat in the league under Ralf Rangnick. With his contract expiring at the end of the season, Juan Mata will almost certainly make his farewell appearance at Old Trafford for Manchester United tonight. He gets his first start of the season tonight after not starting a Premier League game since the final day of last season, when then-manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer rested his first pick ahead of the Europa League final. Thomas Frank wants his players to ignore Manchester United's big names and express themselves while Brentford look to secure a historic win at Old Trafford. Last season's Sky Bet Championship play-off winners will almost certainly beat relegation and secure another season of Premier League football after hitting the 40-point mark. Brentford has enjoyed some memorable moments during his first top-flight season since 1947 and will be hoping to enjoy another at United United on Monday night. The Bees have rarely faced the Red Devils over the decades, making the opportunity all the more exciting as they attempt to win at Old Trafford for the first time since 1938. Brentford head north unafraid as the Bees hope to stab Manchester United Ralf Rangnick makes a change to the Manchester United side who held a 1-1 draw with Chelsea last Thursday. Thomas Frank makes two changes to Brentford's starting XI. Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick spoke about tonight's opponents and how well they have played this season. Rangnick explained how tough United found the second leg and expects a similar game again tonight. They won 2-0 against Arsenal, they won 4-1 at Chelsea at Stamford Bridge two or three weeks ago.” He said: “We had our problems in the first game, in the first half. We could have been 2-0 down and it was only in the second half that we were able to switch and turn the game around. Manchester United host Brentford for the first time in competition since a 2-1 League Cup win in September 1975 and for the first time in the league since a 4-1 win in December 1946. Brentford are unbeaten in six meetings with Manchester United in in all competitions – drawing one and losing five – since winning the FA Cup 2-0 in February 1938. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believed in the magic, the mystique of Manchester United. De Gea can attest to Manchester United's plight. It was a way to preview United against Chelsea, a game that was a Champions League final 14 years ago and an FA Cup final four years ago. United's first and last point against Ralf Rangnick's top-four opponents owed more to the Spaniard's goalkeeping skills than his ability as a motivator. Much was due to the excellence of Cristiano Ronaldo and him, two with memories of happier days overall, in both penalty areas as United rode their luck to a draw. They can be liberated from the criticism that virtually everyone else at Old Trafford deserves, from their team-mates to the powerbrokers who have managed to put together the most expensive squad in football history only to pay for nearly half a billion pounds in signings than Ralf being unavailable Rangnick named a bench with four children, two goalkeepers, two injured defenders and an aging Juan Mata. That was Manchester United-style strength at depth, but a good goalkeeper can make up for a host of other mistakes. Manchester United have won just one game in their last six league games - a 3-2 win over Norwich on April 16. After defeats to Liverpool and Arsenal, they avoided losing three games in a row when Cristiano Ronaldo canceled out Marcos Alonso's goal against Chelsea last time out to give them a draw at Old Trafford. Brentford are unbeaten in four league games - a streak dating back to March 20. Thomas Franck's men are full of confidence and a first Premier League trip to Old Trafford won't bother them too much. Manchester United are sixth in the Premier League table. They are eight points behind Arsenal (4th) and six behind Tottenham (5th), having also played a game more than both London clubs. The Red Devils can salvage their season with a Europa League spot but they need to finish at least sixth and there is a real chance West Ham (7th) can catch and overtake them if the results don't go to their wishes. Brentford meanwhile go into the 14th game of tonight with 40 points. That should be enough to keep them in the Premier League for another season and if Thomas Franck's men can pick up another three points tonight they would move up to 11th with a view to a top-10 finish. Ralf Rangnick believes Manchester United need to find and develop "future top star players" as the interim manager prepares to transition into an advisory role. The 63-year-old is set to fall short of his goal of guiding the stuttering Red Devils to Champions League qualification but still hopes to leave a lasting legacy at Old Trafford. Rangnick will move from United's interim boss to an advisory role in the summer - a job that comes with his new position as coach of the Austria national team. Thomas Frank says his side go into every game "with a great belief that we can make something of it" and a trip to Old Trafford is no different. "When they came to us we played a great first half and should have taken the lead," he said. But going to Old Trafford is still a tall order. Ralf Rangnick will be in charge of Manchester United for the last time tonight at Old Trafford ahead of the season-ending arrival of Erik ten Hag. Asked if he felt the importance of the occasion, the interim boss replied: "Yes, but it's important for everyone at the club, not just the players who may not be here anymore. It's also important that we show top mentality and attitude and performance in the last game at home.” Manchester United are looking to get back on track tonight in the Premier League against Brentford FC. Thursday's 1-1 draw with Chelsea ensured United averted a third straight Premier League defeat under Ralf Rangnick, but they remain with just one win in six games. Their form has seemingly dashed any hope of the club catching either Arsenal or Tottenham Hotspur in the race for the top four, and United's season is threatening to fizzle out. In predicting how Manchester United will fare against Brentford tonight, Manchester United's Fred may be fit to feature against Brentford after missing four games with a muscle problem. Harry Maguire and Edinson Cavani will both be monitored ahead of kick-off to see if they can play and Jesse Lingard is expected to be available but Jadon Sancho will be sidelined with tonsillitis. Brentford boss Thomas Frank believes Christian Norgaard and Kristoffer Ajer should be available for Old Trafford but Ethan Pinnock, Sergi Canos, Frank Onyeka and Saman Ghoddos remain sidelined. There are just three games left for Manchester United this season but the club may need to finish without the help of Jadon Sancho. The 22-year-old missed United's last game against Chelsea with tonsillitis and interim boss Ralf Rangnick believes the illness will keep him on the sidelines for the rest of the season. "It seems Jadon will be out for the rest of the season with his tonsillitis so most likely he won't be available against Brentford," Rangnick told the media in his pre-game press conference. Welcome to The Independent's coverage of Monday night's Premier League action when Manchester United host Brentford at Old Trafford. United's hopes of finishing in the top four have all but been crushed as they lie eight points behind fourth-placed Arsenal after playing a game more than the Gunners. Ralf Rangnick's men are now playing for pride and a place in next season's Europa League. However, they are in poor form having won just one in their last six league games, although Cristiano Ronaldo's equalizer against Chelsea last time out prevented United from losing three games in a row. On the other hand, Thomas Frank's Brentford are four games unbeaten and have all but secured their survival status for next year, meaning they can enjoy their first Premier League visit at Old Trafford.

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Boston Celtics try to adjust to Bucks defensive creases after sluggish Game 1 offense

BOSTON — The Celtics couldn't have asked for much more when it came to their half-court defense. The Bucks shot just 41.1% from the field and were limited to 101 points on Sunday. Boston's problems came from his offense - and that spread to his defense. (Author: Gardener)

BucksBOSTON — The Celtics couldn't have asked for much more when it came to their half-court defense. The Bucks shot just 41.1% from the field and were limited to 101 points on Sunday. All the Celtics can do now is adapt, which is what Monday's practice was meant for before Game 2, which will start at 7 p.m. Tuesday at TD Garden. Boston coach Ime Udoka and the team dove into film sessions and highlighted some of their shortcomings that resulted in just 89 points. "We know we can take these shots at any time and open wide, so our point today was open 3s," Udoka said Monday. "You don't have to force anything because you get those based on how they guard but also don't shy away from attacking the basket, especially against certain staff on their part when they close our drivers." The Bucks are forcing opponents to take droves of 3-pointers, but Udoka said there are still ways to go to the bucket. He said the Celtics missed a few chances to get relegated right near the bucket and those misses resulted in turnovers and eventually fast break points for the Bucks. While many of the Celtics' 50 3-point attempts on Sunday were open looks, Udoka also pointed out that some of them were still contentious. There he said they can attack the big men of the Bucks who close with 3 pointers for bucket chances. The Celtics also need to generate easier shots in general. While the Bucks and C's both have impressive defenses, Milwaukee earned 28 fastbreak points while Boston was limited to just six. It was a similar game on half-court Sunday, but the Bucks made fewer mistakes and limited the Celtics' transition chances. "Making the right plays is key because that's how they defend," Udoka said. The C's will also look to use Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum differently after they both struggled in Game 1. As expected, the Bucks didn't want to let the Celtics' best players beat them, but Udoka said they can still make some adjustments to make their lives easier. Tatum picked apart the final series of nets as they loaded against him, but he was eventually able to get his. Tatum knocked down a couple of 3-pointers on Sunday to punish the Bucks, but it wasn't enough as he couldn't get clean looks near the rim. Udoka said Brown didn't feel any limitations because of the tightness in his hamstrings he's been feeling for the past week. Brown got some open looks, but they didn't go down, and when he tried to get to the bucket, his seven turnovers were costly mistakes for the Cs. "What we saw in the half-court, the attention these two would attract is nothing new this year," Udoka said. Sunday was just the first step in what could be a long streak between the Celtics and Bucks, so there will be more adjustments over the coming days and weeks. Such is life in the postseason, as each team knows the opposing sets and staff intimately at the end of a grueling seven games. Udoka wouldn't reveal Boston's game plan, of course, but the Cs will have some shifts and differences compared to Game 1. Execution was a problem for the Celtics, but they can also clean up as they attack the Bucks and a jam-packed suit. "I had a lot of opportunities to attack the basket and get in some easy baskets, some color points and settled for too many contested threes," said Udoka. "I liked a lot of the looks we got, wide open but ways to penetrate and kick and draw some guys. And so you shouldn't have to do contested threes on the series because of her vigilance.

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C's Smart (Quad) probably questionable for Game 2

Marcus Smart is dealing with a right quadriceps bruise and is expected to be questionable for Game 2, Celtics coach Ime Udoka said. (Author: Gardener)

Game 2Brian Windhorst explains why the Celtics weren't ready to defend the Bucks after their previous run against Windhorst the Celtics for the Bucks (1:07) Windhorst: The Nets did nothing to prepare the Celtics for the Bucks (1:07 ) BOSTON — Celtics coach Ime Udoka said he expects Marcus Smart to be listed as a questionable for Tuesday's Game 2 against the Milwaukee Bucks. Smart, the 2021-22 NBA Defensive Player of the Year, dealt with a bruised right quadriceps and then fired two shots to the quadriceps in the third quarter. "He's a tough guy who will try to play things through," said Udoka. "We're going to get him treated today and see how he feels tomorrow." Exiting the game in the third quarter, Smart had to hit the exercise bike before checking back in in the fourth quarter with 8:37 left. He played until Udoka got his starters out by 1:59 to go into the 101-89 loss. Udoka said it was more than just a tolerance issue with Smart, who also missed six games in January with a quad problem. He was hit twice there,” said Udoka. “He's obviously had that in the past where he's missed games this year. "We're going to spend today getting treatment and get another treatment tomorrow morning and see how he feels during the game." Smart also had to leave the game at 1:12 in the second quarter on Sunday, for walking off for a stinger while dangling his right arm. Udoka said that was not an issue for him on Tuesday. In 33 minutes, Smart finished with 10 points and six assists. Jaylen Brown competed Sunday with an ongoing hamstring problem, but Udoka said he doesn't think Brown is limited despite his 4-of-13 shooting performance. "I think it was more a product of how they guarded us," Udoka said. “We had some good looks from 3, some wide open looks he got there. He felt good coming out of the game.”

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