Manchester United drew 2-2 with Brentford on Wednesday night. Anthony Elanga and Andreas Pereira were both on target for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, who failed to bounce back from a chastening defeat against QPR. So Express Sport will now take a look at four things we learned from the match at Old Trafford.
United find the next Greenwood
United are a special club, one who tap into their academy more than most.
Mason Greenwood was the last young gun to burst into Solskjaer’s side and become a regular in the Norwegian’s team.
And Elanga could be next, with the 19-year-old scoring a stunning volley to open the scoring at Old Trafford.
This came after he’d scored against QPR last time out, while he also notched against Wolves on the final day of last season.
Out of all the players Solskjaer has at his disposal, it’s the Swede who looks like he may be the next talent off the production line.
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Andreas Pereira loves a stunner
Another player who may leave United this summer is Pereira.
But, if this is one of his last matches for the club, then the Brazil international can bow out on a positive note.
Pereira has scored some stunners throughout his career, from a free kick against Leicester on his debut to a belter against Sunderland during the early stages of Solskjaer’s reign.
And this was another one.
Pereira may have scored the goal of the season already – and it’s not even under way yet.
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Mason Greenwood is maturing
Greenwood ended last season in fine form, scoring six goals from his final eight matches.
And though the England international was unable to notch against Brentford, the forward still looked bright.
MUTV pundits noted how he appeared to have been learning from Edinson Cavani, using his movement to pose a threat.
And, on the ball, he got those inside Old Trafford excited.
Greenwood has admitted this must be the biggest season of his career and the signs in pre-season are certainly positive.
Manchester United: The first five fixtures of the 2021/2022 campaign
August 14 – Leeds United – Old Trafford
August 22 – Southampton – St Mary’s Stadium
August 29 – Wolves – Molineux
September 11 – Newcastle United – Old Trafford
September 18 – West Ham United – London Stadium.