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Premier League Match Report & Player Ratings | Marcus Rashford ties goalscoring record as Red Devils secure 1-0 win over Brentford

The England star scored his 15th Premier League goal of the season as his superb 2023 calendar year in front of goal continues for Erik ten Hag’s United, who are now back in the Champions League places

Pre-Match Social Media Commentary

The Red Devils were relentless from the word go in front of home support in Old Trafford, with Brentford’s 4-0 win earlier in the season serving up all the motivation that was needed for Ten Hag’s men to set the record straight on a night where a result would see them climb back into the top four and ahead of Tottenham after United had endured a three-match winless run of late.

United had carved out a number of opportunities while dominating possession against a Brentford side under Thomas Frank that are happy to surrender the ball in order to hit bigger sides on the counter, but it was Ten Hag’s side that would eventually strike first in the 27th minute through none other than Marcus Rashford, whose close-range effort flew into the top of the net past Spanish keeper David Raya to give the English giants a justified 1-0 lead.

Rashford’s 31st goal of the season in all competitions saw the England star equal Wayne Rooney’s record of 19 goals at home during a single season as the United academy product continues to enjoy a renaissance season under Ten Hag.

Matters would remain at that same scoreline when both sides entered their respective changing rooms during the half-time interval, with the data at the time showing utter dominance perpetrated by United, who managed to keep the Bees to just three touches in their 18-yard-box while at the other end carving out 12 chances of various types.

Brentford tried to work itself back into proceedings in the second half but very much remained second-best to their illustrious hosts, who perhaps were unlucky to not find a second goal on the night regardless of their continued dominance.

In the end, it would be all that the Red Devils needed to climb back into the top four, along with Newcastle after the Magpies resounding 5-1 win away at West Ham United, which now sees both sides pull ahead of managerless Tottenham Hotspur.

Key Stats & Performers

Manchester United Player Ratings

  • GK: David de Gea – 7
  • RB: Diogo Dalot – 7
  • RCB: Raphaël Varane – 7.5
  • LCB: Lisandro Martínez – 7.5
  • LB: Luke Shaw – 6.5
  • RCM: Scott McTominay – 7
  • LCM: Marcel Sabitzer – 7.5
  • CAM: Bruno Fernandes – 7
  • RW: Antony – 6.5
  • LW: Jadon Sancho – 7
  • CF: Marcus Rashford – 8
  • Sub: Tyrell Malacia – 7
  • Sub: Fred – 6
  • Sub: Anthony Martial – 6
  • Sub: Victor Lindelöf – 6

Brentford Player Ratings

  • GK: David Raya – 6.5
  • RCB: Pontus Jansson – 6.5
  • CB: Ethan Pinnock – 7
  • LCB: Ben Mee – 7
  • RWB: Mads Roerslev – 6.5
  • LWB: Rico Henry – 6.5
  • RCM: Mattias Jensen – 6.5
  • CM: Christian Nørgaard – 6
  • LCM: Mikkel Damsgaard – 6
  • RF: Bryan Mbeumo – 6
  • LF: Ivan Toney – 6.5
  • Sub: Shandon Baptise – 6.5
  • Sub: Josh Dasilva – 6
  • Sub: Kevin Schade – 6
  • Sub: Yoann Wisse – 6
  • Sub: Aaron Hickey – 6

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Andrew Thompson

US-based Football writer. German football guru with a wealth of experience in youth development and analysis. Data aficionado. Happily championing the notion that Americans have a knowledgeable voice in the beautiful game.

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