Manchester United snapped a three-match winless run in the Premier League with a 3-0 victory over Brentford on Monday evening.
Juan Mata came in for Marcus Rashford on the back of last Thursday’s 1-1 draw against Chelsea, as United played their final home game of the season.
Smart early in-roads from United culminated in the opener when Bruno Fernandes came charging from left of the area on nine minutes to finish off Anthony Elanga’s cross and earned his 50th goal for the club.
Thomas Frank’s boys maintained belief despite trailing the Red Devils and almost had a way back a little at the midway period from a header in the centre of the six-yard area by forward Ivan Toney.
United, however, were very close to double their advantage 31 minutes in after a cleverly worked one-two involving Cristiano Ronaldo saw Mata slam wide of the near corner.
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Ronaldo seemed to have given United a second in the final minute to halftime with a first-time effort from close-range, but it was chalked following a review from the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).
The Red Devils remained lively seven minutes in the second half and could’ve nabbed a second from a one-on-one by Fernandes off Mata’s dink over the top, but the Portuguese dragged wide.
It got better for United, who doubled their lead from the penalty-spot when Ronaldo went tumbling in the box and stepped up to execute the resultant spot-kick during the final quarter.
United extended their tally within the last 10 minutes after Raphael Varane finished off a corner-kick from Alex Telles following a run-in at the near post, whilst Fred replaced Nemanja Matic who was playing his final game at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils applied a sense of calmness in the final few minutes of the match and were able to hold out for clean sheet as well.