After beginning the Erik ten Hag era on the wrong foot after losing against Brighton on the road, will Manchester United rebound with a win over Brentford? It’s more difficult to achieve with Thomas Frank’s team after their comeback draw against Leicester City in Week 1. With a well-balanced team, Brentford can cause Manchester United similar problems as they did against Brighton when it came to Ivan Toney and Bryan Memo.
Ten Hag is expected to make to make a huge decision on whether he’ll start Cristiano Ronaldo, as well as what his midfield configuration will appear. Former Brentford player Christian Eriksen looked lost playing as a centre-forward during the first week of the season, but Manchester United doesn’t have a suitable defensive midfielder to move him to a midfield three at the start of the match that’s one of the main reasons why they’re looking to sign Adrien Rabiot of Juventus.
Rabiot isn’t a typical midfielder, but it can provide an alternative that Fred or Scott McTominay could at least offer 10 Hag alternative options in the event of a need.
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Date Saturday, August 13. Time 12:30 p.m. The location: Gtech Community Stadium -Brentford, Middlesexex Brentford, Middlesex TVNBC -- Live streaming: fuboTV (try for no cost) odds:Brentford +280; Draw +240; Manchester United +102 (via Caesars Sportsbook)
Brentford: The Bees will likely play a back four since Kristoffer Ajer as well as Ethan Pinnock will miss the game with injuries however Ben Mee was solid on his debut against Leicester City. With the addition of new signing Mikkel Damsgaard joining the squad, the formation may the game for longer, even if they return to full fitness. Damsgaard only played in twelve games with Sampdoria during the season last year because of issues with arthritis however, after a gap of five months the player was able to come back towards the final game of the season prior to making the move to Brentford.
Manchester United: Anthony Martial will still be absent with his pesky hip injury, which could allow one of Cristiano Ronaldo or Anthony Elanga to deputize as the centre forward. Ten Hag is a possibility to play Eriksen in the same position, however against a tough Brentford team, Manchester United would be better off playing him at a lower level. In the event that Luke Shaw and Diogo Dalot struggle in what is supposed to be an open game, the starting positions could be in doubt, which is something to keep an eye on.
It seems that the Manchester United defence doesn’t seem sufficient to stop Brentford at the moment, because Ivan Toney will find joy during the game. Select: Brentford 2, Manchester United 2