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Preview: Brentford vs. Manchester United

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Premier League football resumes following the international break as Manchester United travel to London to face Brentford.

Manchester United confirmed their berth in the F.A. Cup semi-finals after a thrilling 4-3 victory over rivals Liverpool in the quarter-final. Scott McTominay gave the hosts an early lead but Jurgen Klopp’s men responded on the brink of half-time with two successive goals from Alexis Mac Allister and Mohamed Salah. Goals from Antony, Marcus Rashford and Harvey Eliott made the scores level. It took the heroics of United’s Amad Diallo who netted the winner in the last minute of extra time.

Erik Ten Hag will aim to carry on the positive momentum from their previous two outings as they managed to get back in form following the 3-1 defeat to Manchester City. Currently, United have a six-point gap to sixth-place Tottenham in the league standings and they need to start winning matches to attain their hopes of playing Champions League football next season.

The Red Devils have a line of crucial and challenging games coming up next month as they are set to face Chelsea, Liverpool, Newcastle United and Coventry City in the F.A. Cup semis.

Man United lost 4-0 last August at the Gtech Stadium but they have undergone a massive rebuilding job since then. The visitors are the favourites for this match as they will aim to post a statement result.

Meanwhile, Brentford have failed to match the heights of last season due to a series of underwhelming performances throughout this campaign.

The Bees are winless in their previous six matches and have only managed to register two victories since the start of the new year. 26 points from 29 matches is below par as per their standards and they now find themselves on the verge of a relegation battle as there is just a five-point gap between them and 18th-placed Nottingham Forest.

Thomas Frank’s men had the opportunity to return to winning ways during their match against Burnley. However, they failed terribly as Jacob Bruun Larsen’s penalty strike and David Datro Fofana’s goal mustered a two-goal for the hosts. Kristoffer Ajer’s 83rd-minute goal was the consolation for Brentford as they collapsed again after the narrow defeat to Arsenal.

A point against Man United would prove to be incredible for Brentford as a loss would put them face-to-face with the dropzone fight.

Results from their last five matches across all competitions

Brentford:

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Manchester United:

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Team News

Brentford are set to miss Spurs-loanee Sergio Reguilon as he will serve a suspension picked up from the Burnley game. Keane Lewis-Potter will deputize the Spaniard in the left-back.

Kevin Schade, Ben Mee, Rico Henry, Josh Dasilva and Aaron Hickey will miss the clash due to long-term injuries.

Bryan Mbeumo is ready to start the match after a cameo against The Clarets following a severe ankle injury. The availabilities of Christian Norgaard and Ethan Pinnock are in question.

As for United, Amad Diallo squandered his chances of being rewarded with a start for the next match after causing raucous celebrations which led to his sending-off.

Harry Maguire, Casemiro and Lisandro Martinez can be benched. Kobbie Mainoo could start the match after a convincing showing with England this international break.

Predicted Line-ups

Brentford (3-5-2): Flekken; Zanka, Collins, Ajer; Roerslev, Janelt, Onyeka, Jensen, Lewis-Potter; Mbeumo, Toney.

Manchester United (4-2-3-1): Onana; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Varane, Dalot; Mainoo, McTominay; Garnacho, Fernandes, Rashford; Hojlund.

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