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Manchester United ride luck to seal important win at Brentford

Manchester United rode their luck prior to burying luckless Brentford with a second-half goal blitz to take a 3-1 away win on Wednesday (January 19) and lift their challenge for a top-four finish in the Premier League. A United victory didn’t look likely as Brentford dominated the first half however the visitors were clinical after the break with goals by Anthony Elanga, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford sealing a win.

Brentford should have been comfortably ahead by halftime however failed to deliver many chances and were made to pay for their profligacy when Elanga nodded United in front in the 55th moment. Greenwood tapped in from a counter-attack seven minutes later and substitute Rashford rifled in his side’s third in the 77th moment to leave Brentford stunned.

Ivan Toney pulled a goal back from close range with five minutes left yet it was scant consolation for the hosts who slumped to a third successive defeat. United stayed in the seventh spot however moved level on 35 points with 6th place Arsenal and are just two behind West Ham United who occupy fourth. Brentford are 14th, 10 points above the bottom three.

Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick slammed his side’s shoddy first-half performance after a co-flattering 3-1 win away to Brentford in the Premier League on Wednesday. The manager also had to deal with a Cristiano Ronaldo tantrum in the wake of substituting the Portuguese forward in the second half.