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Match Preview: Manchester United vs Brentford

All the build-up to tonight's trip to Old Trafford

2 May 2022

We've got a Monday night in Manchester to look forward to tonight as we head to Old Trafford. Anything less than a win for the hosts would end their faint top four hopes while a first league win for us over United since 1937 would send us into the Premier League's top-half. Below you'll find all the build-up to the big game. 

THE OPPOSITION

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It's going to be all-change once again this summer at Manchester United with Eric ten Hag the latest manager brought in as United look to end their barren run in the post-Alex Ferguson years. 

The current Ajax boss will be the eighth man to take charge at Old Trafford since Ferguson's retirement in 2013. In those nine years, United have added just an FA Cup, EFL Cup, and Europa League to their trophy cabinet and look set to miss out on Champions League football again next term, heading into tonight's game eight points off fourth with just three to play. 

Since their win in TW8 back in mid-January, United, under interim-boss Ralf Rangnick, have just five victories to their name in all competitions, going out of the FA Cup and Champions League, and slipping away from the top four, in the process. 

At the age of 37, Cristiano Ronaldo continues to be United's talisman with 23 goals this term, 14 more than anyone else in the Red Devils' squad. The Portuguese attacker has scored eight of United's last nine Premier League goals, stretching back to their derby defeat to Manchester City in early March. 

United have scored the fourth-most Premier League goals from open play this season (41) and third-most from counter-attacks (four), but are third-from-bottom when it comes to goals from set-pieces (six). On the flip side, they've got the fourth-best record when it comes to conceding set-piece goals (six) but the fifth-worst record for open play goals conceded (37).

THE GAMEPLAN

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When asked for Hot Off The Press about United's set-up, journalist Tom McDermott, said: "[Ralf Rangnick] likes a 4-2-2-2 but there’s been signs in recent weeks that he’s tried to introduce more width. United lack tempo in the final third and if you can keep Ronaldo (above) quiet, you’ve got a chance"

TEAM NEWS

Kristoffer Ajer (concussion) and Christian Nørgaard (shin) could return but Thomas Frank has ruled out Zanka (adductor) for the rest of the season while Ethan Pinnock, Sergi Canos (both hamstring), Saman Ghoddos, and Frank Onyeka (both ankle) will also miss out this evening. 

The situation is equally complicated for Manchester United. Jadon Sancho (tonsillitis) is likely to miss the rest of the season but Edinson Cavani should be fit enough to play some part. Paul Pogba (calf) won't play again before his contract ends in the summer while there are concerns over Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Fred, and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

MATCH STATS

  • Brentford are unbeaten in their last 12 league matches played on a Monday (W5 D7), with these coming between April 2014 (2-2 v MK Dons in League One) and October 2019 (3-1 at QPR in the Championship). Manchester United have won just one of their last seven PL matches on this day (D4 L2).
  • Man Utd’s Cristiano Ronaldo has been involved in 24 goals in his last 18 Premier League matches against promoted sides (18 goals, six assists), netting a hat-trick in a 3-2 win against Norwich City in his last such outing. He has failed to either score or assist a goal in just two of those 18 matches, with one of those being in the reverse fixture against Brentford.
  • After keeping a clean sheet in two of their first three Premier League away matches, Brentford have conceded in each of their last 14 on the road. No side is on a longer run without an away clean sheet in the competition than the Bees.
  • Ivan Toney’s goals have been worth nine points to Brentford in the Premier League this season – coming into this weekend’s matches, only Ronaldo’s strikes have been more valuable to his side.

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. 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. 

With his United contract up in the summer, Rangnick is set to fulfil a two-year consultancy contract with The Red Devils while also serving as Austria National Team coach.

THOMAS THOUGHTS

LAST TIME OUT

THE OFFICIALS

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Referee: Chris Kavanagh

Assistant Referees: Simon Bennett and Harry Lennard

Fourth Official: David Coote

VAR: Paul Tierney

Additional VAR: Sian Massey-Ellis

Manchester United 2021/22

361 fouls – 4th in Premier League

68 yellow cards – 6th in Premier League

2 red cards – 4th in Premier League

MATCHDAY INFO

In recent fixtures at Old Trafford, away fans have experienced congestion and delays around the turnstiles. To avoid this, please arrive and enter the stadium as early as possible

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Fans are also reminded that they should sit in their allocated seats and anyone not doing so will be asked to move.

HOW TO FOLLOW

Tonight's game is live on Sky Sports and around the world via the Premier League's broadcast partners. Click here to see if it is on where you are

Ben Burgess will also be joining Mark Burridge for live commentary on BeesPlayer.

Wherever you are around the globe, you can always keep across the action on our Twitter and Instagram feeds.

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Match Reports

Manchester United 3 Brentford 0

Defeat at Old Trafford for Bees

2 May 2022

Brentford’s four-game unbeaten run came to end as they were beaten by Manchester United at Old Trafford. The Bees started very brightly but conceded the first goal and were never able to work their way back in to the game. The home side scored two more in the second half to secure a 3-0 win that was probably a fraction harsh on The Bees.

There was little doubt Manchester United deserved their victory, clinically taking advantage of any Brentford defensive lapse. Their first came when they broke the offside trap and the second was from the penalty spot. The third came from a corner soon after the second and the game was well up at that point.

Brentford went on the attack straight from kick-off. A pass from Christian Eriksen looked like it had released Bryan Mbeumo in behind the home defence, but Alex Telles got back to make a tackle before the Brentford man could get a shot away. A long throw was cleared for a corner and Brentford pushed Manchester United back. Respite for the hosts came when Rico Henry smashed a shot well over the bar.

It was an end-to-end first 15 minutes with a goal for the home side and a series of openings. A Kristoffer Ajer cross from the right was tipped over the crossbar by David De Gea. It dipped late and may have fallen in to the net or at the feet of Mbeumo but for the intervention of De Gea.

Brentford started brightly and had a lot of the ball, much of it in Manchester United territory. Eriksen found pockets of space and was able to pick out Henry and Mads Roerslev pushing forward from wing back. But the home side had the best two chances and got the opening goal.

They could have scored inside the first three minutes, albeit after Brentford’s bright start, when a pass from Anthony Elanga released Cristiano Ronaldo in behind the Brentford defence. Ronaldo was able to control on his chest but slipped as he tried to apply the finish. Ronaldo may have been offside from the original pass but a check by Video Assistant Referee Paul Tierney was not required.

Mr Tierney was, however, in the action when the home side went ahead. The ball was played down the right for Elanga to dash on to and he managed to get to it just before it ran out of play, digging out a cross. Bruno Fernandes arrived to steer the ball past David Raya and in to the net. Mr Tierney had to check Elanga was not offside, noting he had managed to stay the right side of the line by millimetres, and that he had kept the ball in. With both checks going the way of the hosts, they had the lead.

Brentford tried to respond and a shot from Eriksen, set up by Mbeumo, was saved by De Gea, albeit a little unconvincingly. Mbeumo then headed a cross wide before Ivan Toney met another, this time from Eriksen from the left. Toney was ten yards out and nodded just over the crossbar. Raya saved a long range free kick from Ronaldo, who threw himself down as he ran across Roerslev a few moments later. Referee Christopher Kavanagh waved away appeals and Mr Tierney did not intervene.

The pace of the game fluctuated throughout the first half with spells of end-to-end play interspersed with some deliberate possession, particularly from the hosts. Manchester United took chances in possession as they tried to move the ball up the pitch, but Brentford were unable to make a vital interception and create a chance. When The Bees tried to build, the home side pushed high up the pitch. It made it difficult for Brentford to play through but as the half wore on, The Bees were having slightly the better of an open contest.

Juan Mata fired in to the side netting for the hosts after an exchange with Ronaldo and Mbeumo did likewise at the other end as Brentford broke quickly. Ajer started the charge and Vitaly Janelt found Mbeumo, his low shot whistled past De Gea, but in to the side netting. Eriksen then got free from a short corner but drilled a shot high over the crossbar from a tight angle.

Despite Brentford’s positive position in the game, it looked like they would be two down at the break. Mata managed to stay onside and get on to a ball on the left, being just inside his own half when the pass was played. He broke in to space and crossed for Ronaldo, who fired low first-time past Raya, who got a hand to it but could not keep it out. This time Mr Tierney did come to Brentford’s aid. He saw that Ronaldo was just in front of Henry when the cross came in, so was therefore offside. The goal was ruled out and the home side only had a one-goal lead at the interval.

There had been chances at both ends in the first half and Brentford were happy for the game to be even more open after the break. The Bees continued to attack, getting as many bodies forward as they could and in to Manchester United territory. The home side were able to counter-attack at pace at times and they got their second goal from such a break.

The ball was played in to space on the right and Ronaldo was able to ease Henry out of way to get on to it. Henry chased back and ran in to the back of Ronaldo. Mr Kavanagh pointed to the penalty spot and Ronaldo stepped up to smash it to Raya’s right as the Brentford goalkeeper dived in the opposite direction.

That goal came on the hour mark and the first 15 minutes of the second period had seen both sides go close. Toney lashed a volley wide when he met a deep free kick, and he had a better chance just before Ronaldo’s penalty. The home side failed to clear a corner and the ball dropped to Christian Nørgaard on the edge of the penalty area. He found Toney to his right and a low shot was saved by De Gea with his feet.

Diogo Dalot went close for the hosts after exchanging passes with Ronaldo, his low shot was pushed on to the crossbar by Raya, albeit the offside flag may have ruled the goal out. Fernandes shot narrowly wide for the home side before an Eriksen free kick was pushed out by De Gea. Ronaldo scored his penalty soon after and Manchester United had breathing space.

A header from Mbeumo was blocked, and gathered by De Gea, before The Bees had penalty appeals waved away by Mr Kavanagh. Roerslev tried to head a cross back in to the danger zone and it hit the arm of Telles, but no penalty was awarded. There was almost another at the other end as Ronaldo raced in to the penalty area, but Ajer nipped the ball away.

Ronaldo almost created a third for Manchester United with a delicate cross that hit Pontus Jansson and was bouncing in to the net before Raya pushed it for a corner. But that just delayed the matter. Mata took the corner, Raphaël Varane held off the Brentford defenders to meet it on the volley and the ball, via a deflection, whistled past Raya and in to the net.

Raya saved from Scott McTominay as Manchester United tried to add a fourth. Fernandes had an effort deflect wide and then smashed over from distance while Brentford continued to attack, looking for a goal, at least, for their efforts. They introduced Josh Dasilva, Mathias Jensen and Yoane Wissa as they looked for that goal.

Dasilva almost created one with a run down the right. His pass did not fall for Wissa and Varane made a superb tackle to prevent Dasilva finishing it off. Jensen had another go, but his shot was blocked by Phil Jones. Jensen got back in to ball, and his pass set Toney in behind. But Toney slipped as he prepared to shoot, and Brentford’s last chance had gone.

Manchester United: De Gea; Dalot, Lindelöf, Varane, Telles; Matić (sub Fred 71 mins), McTominay; Elanga (sub Cavani 75 mins), Mata (sub Jones 75 mins), Fernandes; Ronaldo

Subs (not used): Henderson, Bailly, Rashford, Lingard, Fernández, Garnacho

Bookings: Matić (54 mins)

Brentford: Raya; Ajer, Jansson, Bech; Roerslev, Janelt (sub Dasilva 71 mins), Nørgaard (sub Jensen 71 mins), Eriksen, Henry; Toney, Mbeumo (sub Wissa 76 mins)

Subs (not used): Fernández, Stevens, Jeanvier, Young-Coombes, Baptiste, Fosu

Attendance: 73,482

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Ticket News

Watch The Bees at Old Trafford next month

All My Bees Members will be able to purchase Manchester United away tickets at 2pm today

12 April 2022

Thomas Frank and The Bees head to Old Trafford to face Manchester United on Monday 2 May (8pm kick-off). All My Bees Members will be able to buy tickets for this fixture by logging in to their ticketing account from 2pm. Tickets are non-guaranteed and subject to availability.

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Please note: to get priority access to your Match Tickets you will need to log in to your ticketing account before purchasing.

ON SALE DATES

  • Season Ticket Holders inc. Premium Seat Holders with 3,500+TAPs: Tuesday 5 April, 2pm (guaranteed opportunity, one per person)
    Tickets will go off sale at 9am on Thursday 7 April

  • A selection of My Bees Members: Tuesday 5 April, 2pm (guaranteed opportunity, one per person)
    Tickets will go off sale at 9am on Thursday 7 April
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    My Bees Members with the highest TAPs that have registered an interest for this away game and will give them the opportunity to buy their ticket. Members can check if they’re successful by logging into their ticketing account hereRegister your interest to the away games

  • Season Ticket Holders inc. Premium Seat Holders with 2,100+ TAPs: Thursday 7 April at 2pm (one per person, subject to availability)
    Tickets will go off sale at 9am on Friday 8 April

  • Season Ticket Holders inc. Premium Seat Holders with 800+ TAPs: Friday 8 April at 2pm (one per person, subject to availability)
    Tickets will go off sale at 9am on Monday 11 April

  • All Season Ticket Holders inc. Premium Seat Holders: Monday 11 April at 2pm (one per person, subject to availability)

  • All My Bees Members (subject to availability): Tuesday 12 April, 2pm (one per person, subject to availability)

TICKET ACCESS POINTS:

  • 40 TAPS
  • What are TAPs?
  • If you purchase a Match Ticket and do not attend this fixture you will not be awarded any Ticket Access Points.

PRICES

  Adults
20-64
Seniors
Over 65

Young Persons
18-20

Juniors
16-17

Juniors
Under 16

Seating £30 £15 £22.50 £15 £10
Safe Standing £30 £15 £22.50 £15 NA*

All wheelchair users/Ambulant Disabled tickets may have a free ticket for their personal assistant. All disabled/ambulant pricing is to be charged at their relevant rates. 

Admin fee of £1 per transaction (not per ticket) will apply when booking online and over the phone.

*Those under the age of 14 will NOT be permitted entry to the Ground unless accompanied by a person over 16 years. Under 14s are not permitted in the safe standing areas in any circumstance. 

TRAVEL INFO

Coaches will depart from Ealing Road, Brentford TW8 0LN (near the Novotel Brentford).

Departure time: 1pm - please arrive promptly as we are not able to wait for late arrivals

No alcohol will be permitted on the coaches.

  Adults Seniors and Juniors
Prices £40 £30

Away coach bookings must be made by 5pm on Tuesday 26 April.

Terms and Conditions apply.

HOW TO BOOK TICKETS AND COACH TRAVEL

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  • By phone 0333 005 8521, Monday to Friday, 10am – 5pm
  • In person from the Box Office
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    • Closed on Wednesday
    • Thursday: 10am to 7pm
    • Saturday/Sunday - closed non-matchdays.
    • Open 2 hours 30 minutes prior to kick-off on matchdays until half time, then open for 30 minutes after full time (subject to fixture)
Note: overseas ticket buyers - tickets will not be sent in the post. Choose ‘Print at Home’ or they will be held for collection on matchday.

ACCESSIBILITY

Carers Tickets - Disabled supporters who are in receipt of a Middle to Higher rate of DLA and/or receipt of enhanced PIP should purchase the relevant ticket (i.e. Adult, Senior, Young Person or under 18), and then contact accessibility@brentfordfc.com to organise a complimentary carer’s ticket. This must be done in the relevant sales window. Please also let us know if you require ambulant or accessible seating and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Wheelchair Spaces – we have limited spaces available so please contact accessibility@brentfordfc.com and we will look allocate you a space along with a carer if required. For away games, the spaces we are allocated are subject to availability with a limited number given to us. Again this must be done in the relevant sales window.

If you have any queries or questions relating to accessibility, please email accessibility@brentfordfc.com

MATCHDAY INFORMATION   

Proof of age may be required at the turnstiles.

SUPPORTER CHARTER   

More information can be found online here.

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