Man United draw with Brentford after amazing goals from Anthony Elanga and Andres Pereira in the first preseason game at Old Trafford.
It was the first time in 16 months that Old Trafford was this crowded for a game and it felt slightly more than a pre-season game, almost like a League Cup game.
United faced a more stern opponent compared to dysfunctional Derby and mid-table Championship side QPR, who were victorious against a youthful United side on Saturday, Brentford were promoted from the Championship after defeating Swansea in the Playoff Final.
Donny van de Beek, Dan James and Diogo Dalot all returned to the squad and started on the bench. More opportunities for youth players to feature and fight for first team opportunities at United or elsewhere.
Man United Use Fast Start To Grab Early Lead
The energy levels compared to other games were a lot higher for the youthful Red Devils. A few half chances and some great passing overwhelmed the Brentford defenders early on.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka found some space after a good minute or two of great possession and passing for United, his cross found Anthony Elanga who finished it cooly off the volley.
David Raya could do nothing in goal and United got the early and well deserved lead.
Brentford found themselves level after a set-piece, United did not clear the danger well and the ball fell to Shandon Baptiste, his left footed shot brilliantly found the back of the net.
The energy levels never really dipped after the opening goals but the quality in the final third lacked for the remainder of the half, Brentford defended well and the Man United defense looked shaky defending set-pieces.
Two fantastic goals cancelled each other out and both sides were even at the half.
Man United and Brentford Swap Goals Again in the Second Half
Diogo Dalot came on for Brandon Williams to begin the second half, he lost possession within the first minute that lead to a half chance for Brentford. The Bees pressed early and Man United finally broke it, leading to a Jesse Lingard shot.
The shot was parried away and cleared to Andres Periera who struck a brilliant shot from way outside the box, nothing Raya could do again and it was another fabulous goal in the game.
James, Pellestri and Garner came on at the hour mark for Man United. Before that United enjoyed a spell of possession with good passing and movement. Brentford still defended well at times and if it was not for the amazing Man United goals, they defended well.
Van de Beek entered the game with Hannibal and Shoretire for the last fifteen minutes of the match.
Brentford leveled again after Bryan Mbeumo got behind the United defense after a nice touch sprung him free, his left footed shot was well placed and easily beat Tom Heaton.
It was a terrific game considering it was preseason for both clubs, needed minutes for players returning, great youth energy and sensational strikes made it a pleasing game. Both sides should come away happy with the result.
Man United will next face Brentford on Saturday at Deep Dale.