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"They are one of the biggest clubs in the world with unbelievable players"

Thomas Frank looks ahead to tonight's visit from Manchester United

19 January 2022

Latest team news …

Everyone available for Liverpool is available again. We are all a tiny bit disappointed; we thought there was a chance to create a surprise at Anfield, but we didn’t take it. It is what it is; we will go again tomorrow.

Transfer latest …

I love to speak about players who are in house and who were running around a minute ago on our training pitch. I think it is a little bit more fun to talk about things other than rumours, let’s speak about reality.

Manchester United …

Manchester United have done fine under Ralf Rangnick. We know his philosophy from his time with Red Bull Leipzig. He is trying to implement it with them and make them a more aggressive team. I don’t think they have hit their highest level when it comes to that to be fair.

They are one of the biggest clubs in the world with unbelievable players. They could have Ronaldo and [Edinson] Cavani, two of the best strikers in the world, [Bruno] Fernandes, who has been one of the best offensive players in the Premier League over the last 18 months, [Marcus] Rashford, [Mason] Greenwood, and [Jaden] Sancho, who are three young promising players for England. I could name the whole team. They then have [Harry] Maguire and [Raphael] Varane, who, when he was in La Liga, was one of the best centre-backs. It is an unbelievable team we are going to face.

On their day they can produce magic out of nothing. Against Aston Villa, Fernandes created two chances out of nothing. When Ronaldo has played, he has produced chances and goals. I don’t know if there’s a good time to play them. I am aware that they are not performing as high as the top three but, on their day, they have all the quality to do so.

I expect us to come out with a performance. I will do my best to have a team that comes out aggressive and plays with intensity. Our fans need to be bang on it; I hope we can create another magic moment in Brentford’s history. That’s our aim.

Set pieces …

It’s an area where it is more even ground. Player by player Manchester United are, on paper, a way better team than us. They have world class players but set-pieces is the area where we need to 100 per cent compete better. It is disappointing we’ve conceded too many goals on set-pieces; we are working very hard on it. In Brian Riemer on the defensive set-pieces, we have an unbelievably knowledgeable coach with a top plan. Sometimes it is the margins and sometimes it is a few mistakes, but I am sure that we will solve it. I am sure we will concede a minimum of set-piece goals over the games we have left.

Tightening up at the back …

It still irritates me massively that we conceded four against Southampton. They were unbelievably efficient. There was good play for the first goal, a freak second, a big individual mistake for the third, and a team mistake for the fourth. Liverpool’s set-piece goal killed us; we should never concede that goal. Ethan Pinnock needs to do better for the 2-0 goal, but it was a world-class cross from [Andy] Robertson. Then there was a big mistake for the third. It is these things that we need to cut out of our game. We did that for 60 minutes against Liverpool but if can we do it for 90 against any team then we will have a good opportunity to get points.  

Josh Dasilva …

It’s such good news to have him playing 45 minutes. It made me smile. He’s been a vital player for us in both seasons we tried to get promoted. Hopefully he will come up to speed. I can’t see why not as he has got past the worst bit in terms of getting back from that injury. Now it is just about loading him correctly with the right amount and the right pace. He has some qualities that will be very, very good for us and help us a lot. You don’t see many players like him, with his finishing and his ability to go past players, even in the Premier League.  

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