Marcus Rashford explains the strategic change that enabled Manchester United to defeat Brentford.

For the majority of Wednesday’s victory at Old Trafford, Man United kept a direct Brentford side at bay. 

Brentford was defeated by Manchester United thanks to a goal from Marcus Rashford.
Manchester United defeated Brentford thanks to a lone goal from Marcus Rashford.
Marcus Rashford has discussed the tactical adjustments Manchester United made after their loss to Newcastle that enabled the Reds to defeat a tenacious Brentford team at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.

With a spirited 1-0 victory over the Bees, United reclaimed their spot in the top four. After Marcel Sabitzer’s foul, Rashford scored the game’s lone goal from close range. With Scott McTominay and Antony both coming close to scoring a second, the Reds had the better of the first 45 minutes.

After the break, Brentford began to exert more control over the match, but they rarely posed a threat to David De Gea’s goal. Kevin Schade, a substitute, broke through on goal but David De Gea blocked his shot. Ivan Toney, who was in fine form, was appropriately kept quiet while the Bees’ typical direct threat was expertly handled.

In addition, Rashford elaborated on how United managed the threat by making a deliberate effort to cut off supply and be patient in their press, adding that picking up results even when they are not at their best will be essential in the race for Champions League football.

What Marcus Rashford said

“Every game is important and every game counts at this point in the season, so we are happy to win and hopefully we can get back to where we were a few weeks ago,” Rashford said on BBC’s Match of the Day.

Manchester united vs Brentford

“Winning the next game is always important. Everyone understands that we won’t play at our best every week, but we must continue to push one another every week and never let our standards slip.

“We were a bit more patient out of possession, we waited for the right conditions to press rather than pressing every ball. We were calm and kept communicating to try and stop the supplies to their forward men.”

The United forward also said the players are now fully focused on securing Champions League qualification for next season.


He added: “[Finishing in the top four] is the aim, we want to get as many points as we possibly can and we will try and win every game. We just have to keep playing well and give our best, keep recovering well and move on to the next fixture.”

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