Preview: Brentford v Manchester United


Sports Mole previews Wednesday’s Premier League clash between Brentford and Manchester United, including predictions, team news and possible line-ups.

Manchester United will be looking to give their top four Premier League hopefuls a boost when they travel to west London to face Brentford Wednesday night.

The Red Devils are currently seventh in the table, five points behind fourth-placed West Ham United, while Brentford sit 14th, 10 points from the relegation zone.


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Brentford have won five, drawn nine and lost 10 of their 21 Premier League games this season to pick up 23 points, which puts them 14th in the table, 10 points clear of 18th-placed Norwich City on the same number of matches.

The Bees won back-to-back games against Aston Villa and Port Vale in the league and FA Cup earlier this month but lost their last two against Southampton and Liverpool in the English top flight, conceding seven times in the process and not scoring only once.

Brentford Community Stadium is set to rebound on Wednesday, as Thomas FrankThe team are looking for their seventh Premier League win of the season, and they have already recorded four wins in front of their own fans in the league this season, including three in their last four home wins.

Brentford haven’t beaten Man United since 1938, but Wednesday’s game will be their first league meeting since 1947, when the two sides played to a goalless draw.

The Bees have shown they are more than capable of competing at this level, and Frank’s side are just two points behind 10th-placed Leicester City, despite the Foxes having made just 18 appearances in the Premier League. League this season.

Bruno Fernandes of Manchester United celebrates his second goal with his teammates on January 15, 2022© Reuters

Man United, meanwhile, enter the contest after a 2-2 draw with Aston Villa on Saturday night; the Red Devils took a two-goal lead at Villa Park with a brace from Bruno Fernandes but conceded twice in the closing stages to share the points with Steven Gerardfrom the side.

The performance was arguably the team’s best since Ralf Rannick‘s as caretaker head coach, but it was a further indication of their shortcomings, having been unable to hold off pressure from the home side, with the former Liverpool striker Philippe Coutinho come with the equalizer in the 81st minute.

The Red Devils have collected 32 points from 20 appearances, which puts them seventh in the table, five points behind fourth-placed West Ham by two games less.

Tottenham Hotspur are just four points behind West Ham with four games less Moyes DavidHowever, it is difficult to look too closely at the positions between fourth and seventh place, while eighth-placed Wolverhampton Wanderers are now only a point behind Man United.

The Red Devils have won just four of their 10 away league games this season but have been unbeaten in their trips to the English top flight since the 4-1 defeat at Watford on November 20 which led to at Ole Gunnar Solskjaerhis departure as head coach.

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Team News

Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United applauds the fans after the match, January 3, 2022© Reuters

Brentford will once again be deprived of the services of Julien Jeanvier, David Raya, Charlie Goode and Josh Dasilva for this match on injury, while Mathias Jorgensen remains a doubt.

Bees are also missing Frank Onyeka because of his participation in the African Cup of Nations, but Rico Henry returned from injury to feature in the 3-0 loss to Liverpool.

Frank will be wary of overplaying Henry, so Sergi Canos could get into the starting XI, while Mathias Jensen push to replace Shandon Baptist in the middle of the park. However, there will be no changes in the last third of the peloton, with Ivan Toney again joined by Bryan Mbeumo.

As for Man United, Paul Pogba stays away with a thigh problem, while Eric Bailly is unavailable due to his participation in the Africa Cup of Nations.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka also remains a doubt by the disease, but Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to recover from a hip injury to return to the starting XI, while Marcus Rashford could be involved after missing the weekend with a dead leg.

Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay are both available after one-match suspensions and are expected to return, while Harry Maguire is in line to feature in the starting XI, having been on the bench on Saturday.

Anthony Elanga could keep his place, however, with the impressive 19-year-old against Villa, with Victor Lindeloff, Alex Telles, Nemanja Mátic and Edinson Cavani potentially fall sideways.

Possible starting line-up from Brentford:
Fernandez; Ajer, Jansson, Pinnock; Rasmussen, Janelt, Norgaard, Jensen, Canos; Toney, Mbuemo

Possible Manchester United starting line-up:
De Gea; Dalot, Varane, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, McTominay; Elanga, Fernandes, Greenwood; Ronaldo


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We say: Brentford 1-2 Manchester United

It has all the makings of a brilliant game as Brentford will attack Man United in search of three points. The Red Devils will need to improve to triumph, and we’re backing the 20-time English champions to secure an important victory ahead of their home game against West Ham on Saturday.


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