Manchester United secured an important 1-0 victory over Brentford as Erik Ten Hag’s facet moved again into the highest 4 of the desk.
United hosted Brentford at Previous Trafford on Wednesday, April fifth, 2023, the hosts have been trying to bounce again from a slew of disappointing outcomes which they’ve suffered within the Premier League in latest weeks.
United got here into this Brentford fixture on the again of two defeats and 1 draw of their final 3 Premier League video games, the defeat to Newcastle of their final recreation meant that the Crimson Devils discovered themselves outdoors the highest 4 locations and subsequently choosing up 3 factors towards Brentford turned all of the extra essential for Erik Ten Hag’s males.
United have spent nearly all of this season inside the highest 4 and dropping out on Champions League qualification within the last phases of the season can be a giant blow for them and the Rebuilding venture which is underway at Manchester United underneath the management of Erik Ten Hag.
Brentford have proved themselves to be a formidable opponent as they’ve a knack for selecting up factors towards the large sides, United particularly have been effectively acquainted with this reality because the Crimson Devils had suffered an embarrassing 4-0 defeat early on within the season within the second match-day within the away fixture towards Brentford.
Yesterday’s recreation was in full distinction to the reverse fixture between these two sides as regardless of the slim 1-0 scoreline United largely managed the sport.
How The Groups Lined Up:
The house staff began with 10 of the 11 beginning gamers who suffered defeat at Newcastle, the exception being Weghorst who was relegated to the bench on this recreation.
United on paper lined up in a common 4-2-3-1 formation which regularly adjustments when the staff is in possession and out of possession, underneath Ten Hag United are adapting to play in a much more fluid fashion of soccer and positional interchanges are a key characteristic of this method.
Jadon Sancho began on the left of the United’s assault which implied that Rashford was moved to the No. 9 place within the absence of Weghorst within the beginning line-up, whereas Antony retained his place on the appropriate wing.
United have been with out a number of of their key gamers for this recreation which included the likes of – Eriksen, Casemiro, Garnacho and Van de Beek.
Brentford then again has a really particular approach of taking part in once they line up in a again 3 system with two wing-backs: they defend effectively in a compact form and look to hit out on the counter by utilising the runners within the channels.
Brentford lined up in a well-known 5-3-2 system the place they appear to interrupt on the counter by utilising the hold-up play of Ivan Toney and the operating potential of Mbeumo.
How The Sport Panned Out
United was the dominant facet for many of the recreation, particularly within the first half the place they utterly managed the tempo of the match and pinned Brentford again of their half for many of the first half. On paper United lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation however more often than not when the staff was within the build-up section they took up extra of a fluid 3-2-5 formation.
United repeatedly regarded to interact 5 gamers in assault, that they had a entrance 4 of Sancho, Rashford, Sabitzer and Antony but it surely was the right-back Diogo Dalot who was giving quite a lot of complications to the Brentford defence as he was making inverted runs and taking-up inside positions between the Brentford left centre-back and left wing-back to kind a entrance 5 for United within the assault.
Bruno Fernandes was one other participant who was occupying totally different positions as opposed to his typical quantity 10 place, Fernandes began the sport as a No. 8 however quite a lot of instances in the course of the build-up section he was dropping deep, even deeper than the No. 6 McTominay, McTominay then again in such conditions was given the liberty to make ahead runs as he’s a strong runner and possesses ball carrying traits.
Having Fernandes deeper allowed United to construct up extra successfully and transfer the ball round with better guile, as Fernandes is much better on the ball as in comparison with McTominay and McTominay does are inclined to wrestle when he’s given the build-up obligations and that was clearly seen in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s final season.
United’s stress and persistence within the first-half did repay with a Marcus Rashford opener within the twenty seventh minute which additionally turned out to be the successful objective because the in-form United talisman netted his twenty eighth objective of the season.
Within the second-half, United did look to complete off the sport by scoring the second objective, nonetheless, they have been unable to search out the again of the Brentford internet within the second-half.
Finally, Brentford did develop into the sport however they did not create clear-cut possibilities aside from one alternative that got here the best way of Kevin Schade which was bravely met by the United Goalkeeper.
United have clawed their approach again into the highest 4 and sit within the 4th place 3 factors above Tottenham and with a recreation in hand. They nonetheless must play Spurs on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, a recreation that might be essential for his or her high 4 ambitions.