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Naomi Baker

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Cristiano Ronaldo is available for United’s trip to Brentford

Naomi Baker

Free soccer tips, best bets and analysis for Brentford v Manchester United in the Premier League on Wednesday.

where to watch

BT Sport 1, 8 p.m. Wednesday

Best bet

Manchester United winner of the first half
1pt 7-5 general

Team News

Mathias Jorgensen is not ready to return after a thigh injury and Frank Onyeka is out for the Africa Cup of Nations.

Manchester United
Cristiano Ronaldo is fit again after a thigh injury and Scott McTominay and Luke Shaw are available after serving suspensions. Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Aaron Wan-Bissaka are doubts, while the match comes too soon for Paul Pogba.

Match preview

Ralf Rangnick’s Manchester United restoration project has been slow to get off the ground but his side can give a nod to a potentially brighter future when they visit struggling Brentford.

United are five points clear of the top four after blowing a two-goal lead at Aston Villa at the weekend and don’t have much appeal to secure their 300th Premier League away win at Brentford after taking five points from his last four. Games.

All is clearly still not well in the dressing room too, with Rangnick and Anthony Martial having engaged in a public row over the German’s claims that the French forward didn’t want to be on the Villa bench.

And yet, there were signs in this match that Rangnick was beginning to get to grips with the chaotic situation he inherited at Old Trafford, and with Premier League training in general.

The United boss simplified his tactics, mastering the gegenpress after realizing he might not have the staff to execute that game plan.

What followed in the first half at Villa was what Rangnick described as the best 30 minutes of his tenure as United took an early lead and controlled the game. They lost that control in the second half partly due to a lack of quality central midfield, but Scott McTominay’s return from suspension will help close that gap against Brentford.

Cristiano Ronaldo is also likely to be back in the line-up and should pose a serious threat to a Brentford side without a clean sheet in ten games, with the striker having his ego massaged at Monday’s Fifa Best Awards .

United are one of only two sides to score in every away game this season and should have too much individual quality for a Bees side lacking in pizzazz.

A first league encounter with Manchester United since 1947 is a big occasion in the context of Brentford’s season and will be treated as such by home fans. However, that might not be enough to shake the hosts out of their current funk.

After a brilliant start to the campaign, Thomas Frank’s men have lost nine of their last 14 Premier League games, constantly being punished for slow starts.

They were much better in the first half of Sunday’s 3-0 defeat at Liverpool and yet they still trailed at the interval for an 11th time this season.

No team have conceded more goals in the first 45 minutes of games than Brentford this season (21) and it is this inability to light up from the start, coupled with United’s ability to get off to a quick start, which is what makes the visitors worth a decent chance to lead at halftime.

Key stat

Brentford have been behind at half-time in seven of their last eight league games.

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Penalty taker Ivan Toney
Free kick assistant Sergi Canos/Bryan Mbeumo
Aerial threat on set piece Ethan Pinnock/Pontus Jansson
card magnet Christian Norgard

Manchester United

Penalty taker Cristiano Ronaldo/Bruno Fernandes
Free kick assistant Cristiano Ronaldo/Bruno Fernandes
Aerial threat on set piece Harry Maguire
card magnet Bruno Fernandes

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