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28 July 2021 Venue Old Trafford Attendance

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Manchester United
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Brentford

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Match Preview: Manchester United vs Brentford

All the info ahead of tonight's trip to Old Trafford

28 July 2021

Our pre-season preparations take a step up tonight as we head to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United, kick-off 8pm. A crowd of around 30,000 is expected as we face The Red Devils in our latest warm-up game ahead of the Premier League season. All the pre-match information can be found below as we prepare to take on United for only the second time in 74 years.

THE OPPOSITION

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Last term was only the second time Manchester United have finished in the Premier League's top two since Sir Alex Ferguson left in 2013. In the league, they ended a solid 12 points behind rivals Man City despite losing the same amount of games (six) all season.

Both domestic cup campaigns lasted four matches. In the Carabao Cup, they got past Luton, Brighton and Everton on the way to a Semi-Final clash with Man City. John Stones and Fernandinho scored the goals as United were beaten 2-0. They overcame Liverpool, West Ham and Watford in the Emirates FA Cup but once again they were beaten by the eventual winners as Leicester City cruised past them 3-1 in the Quarter-Finals.

Their time in the UEFA Champions League was one to forget, United finishing third in the group stage that included Paris Saint-Germain, RB Leipzig and İstanbul Başakşehir. Dropping into the Europa League, they made it all the way to the Final. Real Sociedad, AC Milan, Granada and AS Roma all fell to The Red Devils along the way. The Final itself, held in Gdansk, went to penalties after a 1-1 finish in normal time. Villarreal emerged victorious as goalkeeper David de Gea missed his spot-kick, the final score 11-10 in the shootout.

United have been Europe's big spenders this summer with Jadon Sancho arriving from Borussia Dortmund while an agreement has been reached for Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane. 

TEAM NEWS

Pontus Jansson, Christian Norgaard, and Mathias Jensen are still not with the Brentford group yet following this summer's European Championships. 

It's a similar story for Manchester United with a host of stars, including the likes of Bruno Fernandes, Harry Maguire, Alex Shaw, Jadon Sancho, and Paul Pogba, all set to miss out tonight following their involvement in the summer. Diego Dalot, Donny van de Beek, and Scott McTominay may get minutes tonight but Alex Telles, Marcus Rashford, and Anthony Martial are out injured. Jesse Lingard, Daniel James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Nemanja Matic, and Mason Greenwood are likely to feature after playing against QPR on Saturday. 

THE MANAGER

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer started his playing career in his native Norway, beginning at Clausenengen and later Molde. He moved to Manchester United in 1996 and, under Ferguson's guidance, won six Premier League titles, two FA Cups and the UEFA Champions League in 1999. He famously scored a last-minute winner in the 99 Final against Bayern Munich, flicking a Teddy Sheringham header into the net beyond Oliver Kahn.

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A serious knee injury forced him to retire in 2007. He had accumulated 67 international caps for Norway, scoring 23 times. He played at both the 1998 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2000.

He remained at United in a coaching role, managing the reserve team in 2008. He returned to Norway in 2011 to manage former club Molde. He led them to their first ever Tippeligaen titles, going back-to-back in his first two seasons. They also won the 2013 Norwegian Cup before he moved to Cardiff City.

Relegated from the Premier League, he left after just a few months in charge and returned to Molde for three years. In 2018, he was appointed caretaker Manager at Manchester United, taking over from Jose Mourinho. In 2019, having won 14 of his first 19 games, he was given a three-year contract as permanent boss which was extended for a further three-years last Saturday. 

THE KIT

The Bees will be wearing our new 2021/22 away shirt for the first time tonight.

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MATCHDAY INFO

Tickets for tonight's game are now off sale 

HOW TO FOLLOW

The only way to watch tonight's game is via MUTV

There will be live social media updates on our channels but there will be no iFollow coverage or Brentford stream. 

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Match Reports

Manchester United 2 Brentford 2

All square in friendly at Old Trafford

28 July 2021

Brentford came from behind twice to draw a pre-season friendly against Manchester United at Old Trafford. Shandon Baptiste scored Brentford’s first goal after United had taken a deserved early lead. The home side scored the third goal of the game, but Bryan Mbeumo came off the substitute’s bench to grab the fourth and final goal of the evening.

It was a well-contested game, that was lit up with four superb goals. The hosts had the better of the first half, particularly the opening exchanges, but Brentford responded well. They were well worth their second equaliser and probably did enough overall to claim a draw.

The home side took control of the early stages. Nemanja Matić and Andreas Pereira in the centre of midfield dictated the pace of play and provided enough defensive cover to allow full backs Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Brandon Williams to push forward. David Raya had to make an early save from a Jesse Lingard effort and most of the opening exchanges were played in Brentford territory.

Sergi Canós made an important defensive intervention to prevent Wan-Bissaka heading home at the far post and Ethan Pinnock blocked a Lingard shot. Raya was forced to save again after a loose pass from Vitaly Janelt enabled Lingard and Juan Mata to set up Mason Greenwood. The home side were dictating the tempo of the game and a goal was coming.

United eventually took the lead 12 minutes in. Anthony Elanga found a fraction of space in the penalty area to meet a Wan-Bissaka cross on the volley. He swivelled and shot in one motion and the ball fizzed past Raya and in to the net. Raya had no chance as the ball whistled in to the net and the home side had a deserved lead.

But that lead did not last that long. The hosts gave away a needless corner with a loose pass and failed to clear the cross from Canós after it was played short. Ivan Toney won the aerial challenge and Baptiste stepped on to the bouncing ball to lash a shot past Tom Heaton and in off the underside of the crossbar.

A damp Manchester evening had been lit up by two superb goals, Baptiste’s even better than the one it followed, and the game was all square 20 minutes in, even if it probably shouldn’t have been. United almost went back in front immediately. A Mata free kick was cleared by Charlie Goode but only as far as Greenwood. The shot whistled back towards the net, but Dominic Thompson made a vital block.

The second half of the first period was more even than the opening exchanges. The home probably still had the better of the contest but created fewer chances and failed to test Raya. Williams shot over the bar and a Lingard effort deflected wide.

The Bees also had chances of their own. United failed to properly deal with a Canós free kick and Haygarth tried to get on to the loose ball. He was crowded out and a Pinnock shot was blocked. Brentford went closer still towards the end of the half when Baptiste released Tariqe Fosu on the right, his ball fizzed across a wet surface and just eluded Toney, arriving unmarked.

The game was level at the break but not for long after the restart as the trend of each goal being better than the one before it continued. United broke and Lingard found space on the left, he cut inside and tested Raya with a low shot. The ball bounced up and Pinnock headed it away. That, however, only set up Pereira, who stepped on to the dropping ball and volleyed it powerfully back the way it back. The ball flew past Raya, smashed the underside of the crossbar and bounced in to the net. It was another wonderful goal in a game full of them and restored United’s lead.

Brentford probably had the upper hand at the start of the second half, despite conceding. Janelt and Baptiste saw more of the ball and The Bees were a little further forward out of possession, which made it tougher for United to play out. Brentford could have scored at the start of the half when Fosu won possession and released Toney in the inside right channel. Toney drilled a ball across and Canós was unable to convert it. The cross was just a bit too high and firm, otherwise Canós was heading in from close range.

There were fewer chances in the second half than the first and it was a more even contest. Brentford arguably, were better in possession than their hosts, moving the ball up the pitch quickly when they could and generally efficiently. They almost handed United a third goal when Raya and Mads Bech Sørensen played themselves in to trouble. Raya passed it straight to Lingard, but he could only shoot over from the inside right channel.

Canós had a shot saved before Mbeumo levelled it with 12 minutes remaining. Fin Stevens played a ball down the right and Mbeumo skipped away from Diogo Dalot. The attacker cut in off the right and bent a shot with his left foot out of the reach of Heaton and in to the far corner.

That goal came just after a full suite of substitutions and by the time the game came to a close, Brentford had changed all ten outfield players while United had used seven from their bench. The game ended with Brentford in control, stroking the ball around on a slick surface and looking like the team most likely to win the game. Mbeumo lined up a free kick from the edge of the penalty area but saw it deflect wide and the game finished level.

Manchester United: Heaton; Wan-Bissaka, Mengi, Tuanzebe, Williams (sub Dalot h/t); Matić (sub Van de Beek 75 mins), Pereira (sub Garner 61 mins); Greenwood (sub Hannibal 75 mins), Mata (sub Pellestri 61 mins), Lingard (sub Shoretire 75 mins); Elanga (sub James 61 mins)

Brentford: Raya; Roerslev (sub Stevens 75 mins), Goode (sub Racic 75 mins), Pinnock (sub Sørensen 61 mins), Thompson (sub Gordon 75 mins); Baptiste (sub Peart-Harris 75 mins), Janelt (sub Valencia 75 mins); Fosu (sub Mbeumo 61 mins), Haygarth (sub Onyeka 61 mins), Canós (sub Dervişoğlu 75 mins); Toney (sub Forss 75 mins)

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Ticket News

Manchester United ticket pricing update

Incorrect information released earlier

19 July 2021

Tickets for Brentford’s pre-season friendly against Manchester United will cost less than originally advertised. Ticket pricing information released earlier today was incorrect and will cost £20 for adults. There will be concession prices for those 65 and over and under 18 with children able to attend for free.

Ticket prices are as follows:

Block

Adults 

Seniors
(over 65) 

Young Persons
(18-20)

Juniors
(16-17)

Juniors
(under 16)

Southeast Quadrant, Tier 1

£20

£10

£10

£10

FREE

The ticket information for the match, which can be seen here, has been updated. All information is now correct.

Some fans have already purchased tickets for this match. Brentford FC will run a refund process to return money to supporters. This will take a couple of days and the Club will contact individual fans if difficulties arise.

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