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Match Preview: Brentford vs Manchester United

The build up to tonight's game against The Red Devils

19 January 2022

THE OPPOSITION

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Manchester United head to TW8 tonight seventh in the Premier League, a full 24 points behind rivals and league leaders Manchester City. More pressingly for United, they need to make up a five point gap to the Champions League places over the second half of the season.

The Red Devils parted company with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in mid-November on the back of a 4-1 defeat to Watford. Since then, United have won five of their nine games in all competitions under interim boss Ralf Rangnick, losing just once. They do, however, come into tonight's game off the back of a disappointing draw against Aston Villa on Saturday which saw them concede twice in the final 13 minutes. 

Cristiano Ronaldo's sensational return in the summer has borne fruit on the goalscoring front. The Portuguese striker has 19 goals in 26 games for club and country this term, which is ten more than any of his teammates. His brace in United's 3-2 victory over Arsenal back in November took him past 800 top-level career goals. 

Defensively, United have been pretty porous, conceding 29 times in their 20 Premier League outings. Only West Ham, who've played two games more, have conceded more in the top nine with United keeping just six clean sheets in all competitions this term.

TEAM NEWS

It's as you were from Sunday's trip to Liverpool meaning David Raya, Julian Jeanvier (both knee), Tariqe Fosu, Zanka, Charlie Goode, (all hamstring), Frank Onyeka (international duty), and Josh Dasilva (hip) will be the absentees. 

Manchester United welcome back Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay from suspension, while Marcus Rashford and Cristiano Ronaldo may be in contention for starting spots after injury issues. Aaron Wan-Bissaka (illness) and Paul Pogba (thigh) are definitely out while Jesse Lingard (ankle) and Anthony Martial are gametime decisions.

THE GAMEPLAN

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Writing for Hot Off The Press, United journalist Tom McDermott expects: "Rangnick has often used the unusual 4-2-2-2 formation that is rarely seen in the Premier League, but which he believes is ideal to exploit the ‘red zones’. The obvious issue with this formation is the lack of width during certain passages of play, which is essential when you have a player like Ronaldo (pictured above) in the middle who feeds on teasing deliveries from wide areas."

MATCH FACTS

  • This is the first league meeting between Brentford and Manchester United since April 1947, a goalless draw at Griffin Park in the top flight.
  • Man Utd are unbeaten in their last 12 Premier League away matches against London sides since a 2-0 loss at Arsenal in January 2020. It's their longest league run without defeat in the capital since a streak of 13 between December 2011 and December 2013.
  • Brentford have won three of their last four Premier League home matches (L1), and have taken seven points from their four fixtures played against the ever-present Premier League sides at the Brentford Community Stadium so far (wins against Arsenal and Everton, draw against Liverpool, loss against Chelsea.)
  • Man Utd have scored in all 10 of their Premier League away matches this season, the best such 100 per cent record in the competition this term. However, three of the last four times they have failed to find the net on the road in the league have been in matches in London (all last season v Arsenal in January, Chelsea in February and Crystal Palace in March).

THE MANAGER

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Ralf Rangnick is regarded as the "godfather" of modern German football and is credited with developing Gegenpressing.

After an uneventful career as a player, Rangnick began his coaching career in 1983, aged 25. Following a decade-and-a-half in youth and lower league football, Ragnick was hired by former club Ulm 1846 in 1997. He won the Regionalliga Süd in his debut season, the first of seven titles he would win with four different clubs. 

At VfB Stuttgart he won the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 2000 and followed that up with the 2. Bundesliga title at Hannover 96 in 2001/02. He took 1899 Hoffenheim from the Regionalliga Süd to the top flight with back-to-back promotions in 2006/07 and 2007/08. He departed the club in 2011 and returned to Schalke 04, where he won the 2011 DFB-Pokal and reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League. He later served as head coach at RB Leipzig across two periods between 2015 and 2019. The first spell ended with promotion to the top flight and the second saw a trip to the DFB-Pokal final. 

In 2019, Rangnick was promoted to head of sport and development for Red Bull GmbH, overseeing global football initiatives, including New York Red Bulls and their takeover of Red Bull Bragantino. In July 2021, he signed a three-year contract as manager of sports and development for Russian Premier League club Lokomotiv Moscow, a post he left last November to take over at Old Trafford. 

THE OPPOSITION VIEW

Speaking to manutd.com, Ralf Rangnick said: "I think they've had some good results at home against top teams. It will not be an easy game, nobody will expect this to be an easy game but the same was true before we played Aston Villa at Villa Park. We showed we're up to that kind of standard and level and, as I said, we should have taken those three points. I think at the end, we ran a little bit out of steam in the last 20 minutes, but in the first 70 minutes I was really pleased with the performance"

THOMAS' THOUGHTS

LAST TIME OUT

THE OFFICIALS

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Referee: Andre Marriner

Assistant Referees: Simon Long and Scott Ledger

Fourth Official: Andrew Madley

Video Assistant Referee: Paul Tierney

Additional Video Assistant Referee: Neil Davies

Manchester United 21/22

212 fouls - Eighth-most in Premier League

43 yellow cards - Third-most in Premier League

2 red cards - Joint-most in Premier League

MATCHDAY INFO

All adult supporters must fill in a Covid-19 Self Declaration form before coming tomorrow and be able to show proof of an NHS COVID Pass or negative test result within the 48 hours up to kick-off.

Get yourself match ready here

MATCH COVERAGE

Wednesday's game is live on BT Sport and around the world through the Premier League's broadcast partners.

Supporters can also listen to live Bees Player commentary with Jonathan Douglas and Charlie MacDonald joining Mark Burridge. 

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Match Reports

Brentford 1 Manchester United 3

Bees beaten by three second half goals

19 January 2022

Brentford conceded two goals in seven second half minutes as they were beaten by Manchester United. The Bees were dominant in the first half and created enough chances to have been well ahead at the break. But United got to half time level, responded after the interval, and scored two quickfire goals that proved to be the difference. Ivan Toney pulled one back for Brentford after United had added a third, but Brentford were unable to get any closer.

The 3-1 final score was harsh on Brentford, who had done enough to be ahead before they conceded. Chances came and went in the first period and United were clinical after the break. The visitors took what they created and did enough to get the win.

Brentford flew out of the blocks, on the front foot from the first whistle. It was a high energy start from The Bees, working incredibly hard when they did not have the ball and playing up the pitch quickly when they did. Brentford look to crowd United in the centre of the midfield and created some good openings in the first 15 minutes, particularly from set pieces.

The Bees could have scored inside two minutes when United failed to deal with a Mads Bech long throw. Bryan Mbeumo got to the loose ball and his cross was cleared as far as Mathias Jensen. The shot from the edge of the penalty bounced wide.

Jensen saw a lot of the ball in the early stages and had the best chance of the first quarter of the contest. It came when Brentford won the ball in United territory. Mbeumo was tackled by Victor Lindelöf, but the ball broke to Christian Nørgaard, and his pass put Jensen through with only David de Gea to beat. Jensen placed a shot low to de Gea’s left and seemed to have sent him the wrong way, but the United goalkeeper stuck out a leg to save. Nørgaard recovered the loose ball and Jensen crossed again, the ball broke to Vitaly Janelt, but his shot deflected wide.

United dealt with the first corner but Jensen was able to deliver another that United could not clear. The ball broke to Bech, and his shot deflected inches wide. The next corner was cleared as far as Janelt, his chipped pass was played back in to the middle by Jensen, but Nørgaard fired over from ten yards.

Mason Greenwood had a shot blocked for the visitors and Diogo Dalot faded an effort wide from further out but United mostly played in front of Brentford’s well-drilled defence in the first half hour. They had a lot of the ball but failed to really trouble The Bees. A half cleared corner caused Brentford most difficulty when Dalot played it back in to the danger area. Anthony Elanga looped a header towards goal that neither Jonas Lössl nor Pontus Jansson dealt with. Fortunately for Brentford, Sergi Canós was well placed to clear.

Fred had a shot blocked later in the half for the visitors, but by that point Brentford should have been ahead. The Bees cleared a corner as Janelt, who made the header, raced up the pitch to get on to a pass from Mbeumo. Janelt’s pass was played in to the path of Jensen by Toney and the Brentford man only had de Gea to beat. Once again, de Gea came out on top, making the save. Toney’s follow-up shot deflected wide.

An Ethan Pinnock header from the resulting corner was saved before a Jensen free kick was half cleared, Janelt lifted it back in, Jansson challenged de Gea and United were fortunate the ball was scrambled away. That ensured the game was level at the break. Brentford would definitely have been the happier at that stage but aware that they should probably have been ahead.

There was an increase in tempo from the visitors after the interval. They pressed Brentford back from kick-off and almost scored immediately. Cristiano Ronaldo saw a shot deflected wide before United played the resulting corner short and created an opening. Bruno Fernanes delivered a cross, and Ronaldo looped a header over Lössl and against the crossbar.

The next corner was cleared by Brentford, and they broke quickly. Mbeumo released Jensen in the inside right channel, but his shot was again saved by de Gea. Toney saw a header from a Mads Roerslev cross blocked and saved before Jensen tried to catch de Gea out of position from 55 yards and the goalkeeper had to scramble back to gather.

The first of United’s quick goals came ten minutes in to the second half, pretty much out of nothing. Fred had space to pick a pass in midfield and saw the run of Elanga, in off the right wing. Elanga’s first touch took him away from the defence and the ball bounced up for him to head past Lössl and in to the corner.

Lössl then had to make a save from a drilled, dipping effort from Scott McTominay and Ronaldo saw a shot blocked. But Brentford could have levelled between the goals. Canós stepped in off the left and combined with Nørgaard to release Jensen. Jensen found the overlapping Roerslev to deliver a cross. The ball dropped to Janelt on the edge of the penalty area, but his hot was miss-hit and bounced in to the arms of de Gea.

Moments later, it was 2-0. Ronaldo cleverly chested the ball in to the path of Fernandes and he raced in to space and away from the defence. Lössl came out to narrow the angle and Fernandes unselfishly squared for Greenwood to tap in.

Brentford tried to respond and made three substitutions as they looked to find a way back in to the game. They could have reduced the arrears with 15 minutes to go when Shandon Baptiste worked his way in to the penalty area on the left. His pass was fired towards goal by Toney, but Raphaël Varane blocked on the line. The ball was recycled and Bech’s cross reached Roerslev at the far post, but he sliced wide.

A few minutes later, United added a third. McTominay played a key role with a burst through Brentford’s reshaped midfield. Fernandes was able to release Marcus Rashford in the inside right channel and he lashed high past Lössl to his left to effectively kill off the contest.

But Brentford refused to give in and kept pushing. It took a fine header from Dalot to stop Rico Henry nodding in a Yoane Wissa cross before The Bees got their goal with five minutes left. United could not deal with a long throw and it dropped to Pinnock. His shot was blocked, bounced around the area before Nørgaard set up Toney to fire in.

Brentford continued to attack, looking to put United under pressure and a Pinnock header was saved in the dying moments. But the visitors also could have added to their tally. Fernandes saw a shot blocked and then tried to lob Lössl when he got on to a Fred pass. Lössl was able to gather and ensure the final score line was not more unjust, but he couldn’t prevent United getting the win.

Brentford: Lössl; Pinnock, Jansson, Bech; Roerslev, Jensen (sub Wissa 67 mins), Nørgaard, Janelt (sub Baptiste 64 mins), Canós (sub Henry 64 mins); Toney, Mbeumo

Subs (not used): Fernández, Stevens, Ajer, Bidstrup, Ghoddos, Forss

Manchester United: de Gea; Telles, Lindelöf, Varane, Dalot; Fred, McTominay (sub Matić 84 mins); Greenwood (sub Rashford 71 mins), Fernandes, Elanga; Ronaldo (sub Maguire 71 mins)

Subs (not used): Heaton, Henderson, Jones, Mata, Martial, van de Beek

Attendance: 17,094 (1,725 away fans)

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Ticket News

Very few remaining tickets available at 3pm

Members yet to purchase their tickets for Manchester United are now able to get theirs on our Ticket Exchange

13 January 2022

Next Wednesday, January 19, we welcome Manchester United to the Brentford Community Stadium for the very first time and our ground will be packed despite the postponement of the original fixture.  

In case you missed it, Season Ticket Holders will be able to use their Brentford Card to gain entry to the ground on matchday (unless of course they had transferred their ticket or sold it on the Ticket Exchange). All Match Tickets from the initial postponed fixture remain valid for the rescheduled date. Read more here. 

Season Ticket Holders who can’t attend the rearranged fixture can list their tickets for this match on the Ticket Exchange. Read more about listing your ticket here. 

Log in to your ticketing account now to list your ticket

The few seats that have already been returned by Season Ticket Holders will be made available to Members yet to secure their place from 3pm today. As always, they will be sold at adult rates.  

Check availability from 3pm here

Despite the change of date, we’ve not received many refund requests so these will only be made available to Season Ticket Holders who sold their seat on exchange.brentfordfc.com for the first fixture at 3pm (subject to availability). These tickets will be available online here. More information will be sent by email – if you don’t receive an email, you can login to your ticketing account to check if you are eligible.  

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