Manchester United move up to fourth place after a Rashford goal defeats Brentford.

Manchester United defeated Brentford at Old Trafford to reclaim fourth place in the Premier League.

Marcus Rashford’s 15th Premier League goal of the season, and his club’s 28th in all competitions, secured the victory.

It pushed United back above Tottenham in the race for Champions League qualification, and it was exactly what manager Erik ten Hag needed after Sunday’s defeat at Newcastle.

Brentford, who are chasing European qualification, suffered their second Premier League defeat in 17 games.

After the Bees failed to deal with a corner properly, Scott McTominay and Antony went close before Rashford finished from close range with a headed assist from Marcel Sabitzer.

Brentford, who were flat for much of the first half, improved significantly after halftime, and United were relieved to hear the final whistle.

After making a crucial save to keep substitute Kevin Schade out, home goalkeeper David de Gea required treatment.

United are tied for third place with Newcastle on 53 points, and three points ahead of fifth-placed Tottenham, who have played one more game than their rivals.

Brentford remain ninth, three points behind sixth-placed Brighton, despite having played two more games.



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