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Participant scores as Ajer equaliser denies Mount winner


Manchester United have been denied a smash-and-grab victory after Mason Mount scored his first aim for the membership in second-half stoppage time as Kristoffer Ajer netted a 99th-minute equaliser in a dramatic finale on Saturday evening.

The Bees could not open the scoring regardless of dominating the primary half and out-shot the Purple Devils by 31 photographs to 10 in complete however no breakthrough got here till two targets arrived within the house of 4 minutes.

The consequence sees Man Utd lose extra floor on top-four rivals Aston Villa and Tottenham, whereas Brentford stay with out a win since February and are solely 5 factors above the Premier League relegation zone.

How the sport unfolded

Brentford headed into Saturday evening’s fixture with out a victory since February, whereas Man Utd have been in want of three extra factors having seen Tottenham and Aston Villa each earlier win within the race for Champions League qualification.

The 2 sides traded jabs within the opening phases however the Bees quickly began having fun with possibilities of higher high quality. Yoane Wissa squeezed a ball by for the onrushing Ivan Toney, whose shot beat Andre Onana however bounced again off the woodwork.

The body of Man Utd‘s aim was rattled as soon as once more shortly after the half-hour mark. A brief nook was finally floated to the again publish the place Mathias Jorgensen headed an effort onto the highest of the bar.

Toney threatened once more from a protracted ball excessive and skipped in direction of the realm on the counter, however the England ahead’s shot soared over the goal.

It was powerful looking ahead to Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag, together with his aspect’s solely shot on track within the first half coming from a hopeful Marcus Rashford pop from distance. The visiting defence was carved open frequently, with one event seeing Vitaly Janelt play in Mads Roerslev. His ball discovered Wissa, however his acrobatic effort was wayward.

Brentford lastly hit the goal when Keane Lewis-Potter met a cross, although it was gathered simply sufficient by Onana.

The Purple Devils may need nicked an undeserved lead at the beginning of the second half shortly after Wissa dragged a shot large. Bruno Fernandes threaded in Rasmus Hojlund, however the Danish striker noticed his drive in direction of aim brilliantly flicked previous the publish by Mark Flekken.

Onana responded with two saves as Brentford pressed once more in quest of an opener. Yegor Yarmolyuk examined the Cameroonian shot-stopper with a low effort earlier than he rapidly denied Lewis-Potter’s comply with up.

He was crushed when Wissa’s volley careered in direction of aim, nevertheless it as an alternative shaved the woodwork as soon as once more. Toney then thought he’d volleyed Brentford into the lead however the offside flag went up rapidly and the choice was upheld by VAR.

A free-kick punted ahead by Flekken prompted Man Utd’s backline all types of hassle as substitute Bryan Mbeumo almost took benefit of the commotion, solely to see his strike hit the bar.

Brentford’s winless run has seen them slip down the desk and nearer to the relegation zone they usually had solely themselves in charge as the sport ticked in direction of full-time with out a breakthrough. It appeared like they have been to be punished for his or her wastefulness as substitute Mount made his first main contribution in a Man Utd shirt.

The previous Chelsea midfielder, who has struggled with harm all through his debut marketing campaign at Previous Trafford, arrived onto Casemiro’s cross and fired his shot past Flekken into the far nook.

That aim appeared to have stolen Man Utd all three factors within the 96th minute, however as an alternative Brentford have been degree moments later. Toney introduced down a protracted ball and squared it throughout the field for Ajer, who slammed dwelling to lastly break United’s resistance.

After 14 minutes of second-half stoppage time, the full-time whistle blew to cap an entertaining sport that ended with a consequence that suited neither workforce.

Scott McTominay, Harry Maguire, Mason Mount, Kristoffer Ajer

Ajer lastly broke by for Brentford / Clive Rose/GettyImages

GK: Mark Flekken – 7/10 – Reacted brilliantly to divert Hojlund’s strike away from aim.

CB: Mathias Jorgensen – 7/10 – Almost opened the scoring with a header. Strong on the again, profitable ten aerial duels.

CB: Kristoffer Ajer – 8/10 – Not given a lot of an examination by Man Utd’s attackers and stored his composure to earn his aspect some extent together with his aim.

CB: Nathan Collins – 6/10 – Made some first rate recoveries however wasted possession once in a while.

RWB: Mads Roerslev – 6/10 – Received behind Wan-Bissaka typically sufficient however could not at all times discover any significant finish product.

CM: Yegor Yarmolyuk – 6/10 – Received three photographs away throughout his 71 minutes on the pitch. Unfastened with the ball.

CM: Mathias Jensen – 7/10 – Carved out some great openings however his aspect could not take benefit.

CM: Vitaly Janelt – 8/10 – Stored profitable duels towards Man Utd midfielders, breaking apart play and setting Brentford on their manner in assault.

LWB: Keane Lewis-Potter – 6/10 – May need netted on one other day with some extra environment friendly ending.

ST: Ivan Toney – 7/10 – Took shot after shot – 9 in complete – with out a lot success earlier than lastly teeing up Ajer for the equaliser.

ST: Yoane Wissa – 6/10 – Like Toney, hit the woodwork and could not capitalise on the hosts’ dominance on the evening.


Bryan Mbeumo (71′ for Wissa) – 6/10 – One other Brentford participant to hit the woodwork.

Mikkel Damsgaard (71′ for Yarmolyuk) – 6/10

Neal Maupay (87′ for Roerslev) – N/A

Saman Ghoddos (87′ for Lewis-Potter) – N/A

Subs not used: Frank Onyeka, Kim Ji-soo, Ryan Trevitt, Shandon Baptiste, Thomas Strakosha (GK)


Thomas Frank – 6/10 – Brentford did greater than sufficient to say all three factors however could not capitalise on their huge spells of superiority.

Mason Mount

Mount’s aim wasn’t sufficient for victory / Justin Setterfield/GettyImages

GK: Andre Onana – 7/10 – Made various saves all through proceedings to maintain Man Utd degree.

RB: Diogo Dalot – 7/10 – Had some powerful moments towards Lewis-Potter but in addition confirmed some class in possession.

CB: Victor Lindelof – 7/10 – Was typically the United participant clearing hazard nevertheless it was all a bit hectic on the again.

CB: Raphael Varane – 5/10 – Did not look too sharp and finally got here off at half-time.

LB: Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 7/10 – His defensive qualities have been useful out large, although Man Utd stored conceding possibilities by the center.

CM: Scott McTominay – 5/10 – Did not get the possibility to indicate off his goalscoring instincts and was given lots of grief by Janelt and Jensen.

CM: Kobbie Mainoo – 6/10 – Dribbled previous a bit too simply however stays cool as something on the ball and drifted previous opposing midfielders when given the possibility.

RW: Alejandro Garnacho – 5/10 – Needed to do extra monitoring again than attacking and got here off with out making a lot of an impression.

AM: Bruno Fernandes – 7/10 – Picked out some good passes and was on the coronary heart of something optimistic United managed going ahead.

LW: Marcus Rashford – 6/10 – Wasn’t as direct as in current weeks and needed to undergo massive spells with out the ball as Brentford dominated.

ST: Rasmus Hojlund – 6/10 – Had one effort effectively saved by Flekken however in any other case was left chasing scraps.


Harry Maguire (46′ for Varane) – 6/10 – Made loads of clearances on the again after changing Varane.

Antony (59′ for Garnacho) – 6/10 – Received some photographs away and appeared extra threatening than common on the break.

Lisandro Martinez (69′ for Lindelof) – 5/10

Mason Mount (80′ for Rashford) – 7/10 – Bagged his first Man Utd aim however in some way his aspect could not maintain on to take the factors.

Casemiro (80′ for Mainoo) – 7/10 – Offered the help for Mount with a exact cross.

Subs not used: Christian Eriksen, Sofyan Amrabat, Tom Heaton (GK), Willy Kambwala


Erik ten Hag – 4/10 – Man Utd haemorrhaged possibilities all through their journey to Brentford and have been past lucky to go forward by Mount. However they could not even hold that lead, as an alternative letting in a late equaliser.

Participant of the match: Vitaly Janelt (Brentford)