Things we learned from Man Utd 2-2 draw with Brentford

Manchester United player their third pre-season friendly of the summer against newly promoted Premier League side Brentford at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.

The clash ended as a 2-2 draw after the recent defeat to QPR and victory over Derby as United work towards the opening game of the Premier League season against Leeds on 14 August.

Here’s a look at a few takeaways from the match…

Fans back at an upgraded Old Trafford

30,000 fans were able to watch the match at Old Trafford | Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

The easing of coronavirus restrictions meant that 10,000 fans were allowed to attend the final home game of last season against Fulham, only a fraction of full capacity.

But Old Trafford looked a little more normal on Wednesday night as 30,000 eager fans watched the game live, the highest attendance figure since March 2020.

Since fans have been absent there have a number of changes and upgrades to Old Trafford, with new safe standing rail seating installed, new LED floodlights, a freshly re-laid pitch.

Following major criticism for years of underinvestment on the stadium, on social media it was even observed that the outside of Old Trafford looks like it has had a lick of paint as well.