After three away games in eight days, Brentford are back on their own patch this week, welcoming the most successful team in Premier League history. Manchester United will visit our new stadium on Wednesday, 19 January. The match will kick-off at 8pm.
Brentford will go in to the game on the back of a defeat away to Liverpool. Yesterday's loss was the second in a row for The Bees. Brentford did, however, win the two before that, a Premier League win over Aston Villa in West London and an Emirates FA Cup win at Port Vale.
The loss leaves Brentford 14th in the table. They are level on points with Aston Villa, but below the Birmingham side on goal difference. Leeds United are a point behind after winning at West Ham United yesterday. Brentford are currently towards the bottom of a group of six teams separated by three points.
Manchester United are nine points and seven places ahead of Brentford. They drew 2-2 with Villa on Saturday evening, but it could have been better for the 20-time English champions. United had a 2-0 lead with 15 minutes remaining, but were pegged back. They are 24 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City, albeit with two games in hand, and will not be able to add to their 13 Premier League titles.
The draw with Villa did give United their first point of 2022. They started the year with defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers but did beat Villa in an Emirates FA Cup Third Round tie. They have one win in their last four Premier League games but did end 2021 unbeaten in six league games, winning four of them. They also reached the knock-out stages of the UEFA Champions League, topping Group F.
The teams met in an entertaining pre-season friendly in July. The game finished 2-2 with The Bees coming from behind twice thanks to goals from Shandon Baptiste and Bryan Mbeumo. The sides have not met in a competitive game since United won a League Cup tie in 1975.
The last league matches between the teams were in Division One in 1946/47. United won at Old Trafford and drew at Griffin Park and have been victorious in four of the last five games between the teams. Brentford did win five of the six matches between the sides before that.
This match was rearranged after it was postponed in December by the Premier League Board due to a COVID-19 outbreak within the Manchester United squad. Original tickets for the game are valid. Full information can be seen here and here.
The last tickets for the game went on sale at 3pm. Season Ticket Holders who are unable to attend can list their tickets on the Ticket Exchange by logging into their ticketing account. My Bees Members will have the chance to purchase any listed tickets on the Ticket Exchange on a first-come, first-served basis. Full ticket information can be seen here.
The match will be live on BT Sport in the UK and Brentford fans can also listen live on Bees Player. Full information on the service can be seen here. Bees fans living overseas should check this page to see if they can watch the game live.