It’s been really enjoyable so far, with two teams who have little to lose. Manchester United have the lead through a well-worked goal, but Brentford have offered just as much themselves.
Elanga does not like running backwards but he is often effective running forwards and everything about that goal was exceptional: the timing of his run, the promptness to ping the ball across and find a teammate. Fernandes read it very well and celebrated selflessly.
Elanga scored against Brentford in the pre-season friendly and he has made another impression against them tonight. On a personal note, he can be pleased with his breakthrough season.
Thousands are chanting ‘Stand up if you hate the Glazers’ and thousands more are staying sat down. They may get up in the 73rd minute but the flaw in this protest is it started in April. Momentum was always going to fizzle out quickly because it’s the end of the season.
Manchester United have had trouble with teams playing wing-backs for most of this calendar year and there’s been a few occasions already when Brentford have looked dangerous from the flanks.
The turbo-charged Rico Henry is playing right in front of us and he sets off on a spring every time Brentford pass it along the back, often cruising past Anthony Elanga and giving his teammates a very dangerous out ball.
Cristiano Ronaldo fires past the ‘keeper after a fine counter-attacking move.
— Troll Football (@UKTrollFootball) May 2, 2022
Cristiano Ronaldo and Mata all playing better in this game than Rashford has all season.
— ALAN (@WooTyyt) May 2, 2022