Things we noticed against Brentford

DEFENSIVE RESILIENCE

Despite Luke Shaw’s withdrawal early in the first half, Ten Hag will be largely pleased with his backline, as we recorded yet another impressive shut-out on home soil. Tyrell Malacia was brought on to replace our no.23 and provided strong support for Jadon Sancho down the left flank, and, elsewhere, Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane stood firm on an evening where their defensive acumen was tested to the max. Ivan Toney, Bryan Mbeumo and Josh Dasilva all impressed in their own respects and David De Gea’s huge save to deny Kevin Schade proved pivotal, with the Spaniard taking his domestic clean sheet tally to 12 for the season. 

SOLID SANCHO

Having spent most of the season out of the side, it was once again nice to see Sancho impressing during his 71-minute cameo at Old Trafford against the Bees. Registering 54 touches and finishing with a superb 89 per cent pass completion rate, Sancho was a particular bright spark and linked up well with the likes of Shaw, Rashford and Sabitzer, as we attempted to break down Brentford’s well-regimented defence time and time again. Having to track back and support our defence, much like Ten Hag expects of his wide players, Jadon’s input will no doubt be called upon across a busy April schedule and he can hold his head high, after playing a huge part in our triumph this evening.

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