Manchester United beat Brentford to bolster spot in Europa League
Manchester United beat Brentford 3-0 on a rainy Monday night at Old Trafford with Portugal internationals Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo scoring to keep their team in sixth place in the Premier League.
Juan Mata and Nemanja Matic were given starts by departing coach Ralf Rangnick in what is likely their final season with the club, while Edinson Cavani, who is also expected to leave, came off the bench.
The hosts took the lead in the ninth minute when Bruno Fernandes swept home in the centre of the area from Anthony Elanga's cross as United looked to solidify their spot in the table and a place in next season's Europa League.
Fernandes snapped an eight-match Premier League goalless streak with the opener for United, who were playing their last match of the 2021-22 season at Old Trafford.