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Mason Greenwood impresses as Victor Lindelof fails in Harry Maguire’s absence at Brentford

MANCHESTER UNITED beat Brentford 3-1 in West London and tied on points with Arsenal.

David De Gea is world-class while Victor Lindelof is struggling in Harry Maguire’s absence.

Man Utd beat Brentford 3-1 in West London

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Man Utd beat Brentford 3-1 in West LondonCredit: Getty
The Red Devils had Cristiano Ronaldo back but he was hooked early on

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The Red Devils had Cristiano Ronaldo back but he was hooked early onCredit: PA

The teams played well in the first half with Brentford missing a lot of opportunities – many of which were saved by the brilliant David De Gea.

And they were poised to lead them just 10 minutes into the second half when Anthony Elanga gave United a 1-0 lead with his first Premier League goal.

The Reds doubled the lead thanks to Mason Greenwood seven minutes later before Marcus Rashford came on from the bench to score in the 77th minute.

Ivan Toney took consolation for Thomas Frank’s team with the usual five minutes remaining but United picked up three points.

Here’s what SunSport’s Jordan Davies thinks of the Reds’ individual performance.

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DAVID DE GEA – 9/10

It is no exaggeration to say that United should have been leading three of the four goals conceded in the first half but because of the intervention of their goalkeeper.

One of the few world-class players left in the squad.

De Gea has excelled among the sticks

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De Gea has excelled among the sticksCredit: Richard Pelham / The Sun

DIOGO DALOT – 7

Became a steady and solid performer under Ralf Rangnick.

Didn’t do much wrong again and worked hard to provide width.

Diogo Dalot plays at right back again against Aaron Wan-Bissaka

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Diogo Dalot plays at right back again against Aaron Wan-BissakaCredit: Richard Pelham / The Sun

VICTOR LINDELOF – 5

Let’s hope Harry Maguire is back in the starting lineup, for the sake of United fans.

The Swede was torn apart by Brentford’s menacing tackles and struggled to keep up.

RAPHAEL VARANE – 6

Survived a wobble in the first half but at least added a missing pass from behind.

His form over the next few weeks will be crucial.

ALEX TELLES – 7

Like Dalot, this is a steady performer who can convince Rangnick to stick with him after presenting a good attacking threat.

FRED – 7

Make a lovely cross to kick the ball open and move forward well, perhaps sometimes a bit too much for Rangnick’s liking.

The present is quite unforgivable.

Fred plays an assist for Anthony Elanga .'s opener

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Fred plays an assist for Anthony Elanga .’s openerCredit: Richard Pelham / The Sun

SCOTT MCTOMINAY – 7

Moving forward brilliantly on the ball, being the only United player to do so effectively in all this time.

Huge improvements in his game are being seen right now.

MASON GREENWOOD – 8

Finally some good news for a young player with a lot of potential.

He provided good assist to get a tap-in, but his lackluster first-half performance will still be of interest.

Mason Greenwood is a shining light for United

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Mason Greenwood is a shining light for UnitedCredit: AP

BRUNO FERNANDES – 7

There were still odd tackles with team-mates but he continued to do it on this occasion and gave Greenwood the chance to get back on the scoresheet after bursting into action.

ANTHONY ELANGA – 7

Fairly unknown in the first half but used his best and only chance to give United an unwarranted lead.

One to watch for the future, if not the end of this season.

CRISTIANO RONALDO – 6

Looked disinterested in the first half with lots of swings and not much to do.

Then, shame yourself by mopping the yard after being sidelined.

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MARCUS RASHFORD (replaces Greenwood, 71 minutes) – 7

There’s not much to do but when given the chance, he’s done well to show last year’s glimmers of light.

HARRY MAGUIRE (replacing Ronaldo, 71 minutes) – 6

Powered up the defense with a nice opener, but part of the mess caused Brentford to get one back.

Can’t deal with that cross.

NEMANJA MATIC (replacing McTominay, 85 min – N/A

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