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DECISION STANDS! Brentford 0-0 Man United

As I said, it was very tight but VAR rightly rules it offside.

That would have been a perfect start from Mbuemo, it was a brilliant lofted ball.

DISALLOWED GOAL! Brentford 0-0 Man United

Nearly the perfect return to the GTech by Bryan Mbuemo.

He lofts over a beautiful ball and Ivan Toney fires home with aplomb first time, but the flag is up.

They are checking it though…it’s very tight!

SUBSTITUTE: Brentford 0-0 Man United

Once again there is an acrobatic effort from a Brentford player, this time it’s Keane Lewis-Potter.

His overhead kick flies just over the bar from close range.

Straight away Thomas Frank makes the change Brentford fans have been waiting for.

Bryan Mbuemo is on for Yoane Wissa, while Mikel Damsgaard also comes off the bench.

SUBSTITUTE: Brentford 0-0 Man United

Another defensive casualty for Manchester United.

Victor Lindelof can’t continue and it doesn’t look good – he is holding his hamstring. Lisandro Martinez comes on in his place, a welcome return from injury for the Argentinian.

His first job is to defend a couple of corners… what else would you expect?

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Scot McTominay fires over and then Brentford fans clock that Bryan Mbuemo is getting stripped and ready.

It brings a brilliant reaction.

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That would have been spectacular.

Mathias Jensen pings over a teasing ball for Ivan Toney who hits it first time and it flies narrowly over the bar.

That would have been one of the goals of the season.

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Keane Lewis-Potter heads wide following another fiery attack from Brentford.

I reckon this is destined to be 0-0. It would be one of the best stalemates I have ever watched if so.

HIT THE POST! Brentford 0-0 Man United

Yoane Wissa hits the post this time with an acrobatic effort, he seems to do so many of them to great effect.

That’s the third time the host have hit the woodwork in this game.

Following the effort Alejandro Garnacho is hooked for Antony.

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DOUBLE SAVE! Brentford 0-0 Man United

The United goalkeeper makes a fantastic stop from Yehor Yarmoliuk’s strike from distance that looked destined for the bottom corner, before before getting up to deny Keane Lewis-Potter.

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HUGE SAVE! Brentford 0-0 Man United

What a save from Mark Flekken.

I said I hadn’t heard Hojlund’s name, well, he has just forced a brilliant save from Flekken to deny a certain goal.

The Dane gets on the end of Bruno Fernandes’ pass with a first-time shot, but once again I have to say that is an incredible reaction stop.

United’s best chance of the night so far.

BRENTFORD, ENGLAND - MARCH 30: Rasmus Hojlund of Manchester United shoots whilst under pressure from Vitaly Janelt and Mathias Zanka Jorgensen of Brentford during the Premier League match between Brentford FC and Manchester United at Gtech Community Stadium on March 30, 2024 in Brentford, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

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Another chance goes begging for the hosts.

Yoane Wissa breaks from his own half but does not feed the ball to Ivan Toney and goes alone.

His effort is tame and dribbles wide. He should have passed.

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I think I have just heard Rasmus Hojlund’s name for the first time tonight, it has been hard for him to get a kick.

Anyway, United get the ball to Diogo Dalot who has another shot from outside the box which dips just wide of the post.

The visitors are starting to have more of the ball.

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That’s a bit better from the visitors.

Their captain Bruno Fernandes has a pop from distance, which is held by Mark Flekken.

It was a decent effort to be fair to Fernandes, he can hit them well at times.

BRENTFORD, ENGLAND - MARCH 30: Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes (right) shoots at goal during the Premier League match between Brentford FC and Manchester United at Gtech Community Stadium on March 30, 2024 in Brentford, England.(Photo by Andrew Kearns - CameraSport via Getty Images)

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Brentford fans and players alike all believe they should have a penalty as Alejandro Garnacho takes out Vitaly Janelt on the edge of the area.

VAR quickly says no and we get on with it – the right decision.

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Brentford have carried on where they left off, winning another corner.

You guessed it, the corner came to nothing. The Bees need to start making the most of these set pieces – they are having so many.

SECOND HALF: Brentford 0-0 Man United

Man United have made a change, but it’s not Mason Mount, it’s Harry Maguire who comes on.

The Englishman comes on for Raphael Varane, surely this is a change due to injury.

No other changes to report, and the ball is back rolling again.

Time for Mason Mount?

Maybe Mount can be the man to change the game for United?

Look, I know he hasn’t been the best this season, but on his day he can really make an impact.

Man United need to change something, maybe they should turn to Mount.

Mason Mount of Manchester United warming up in the first half during the Premier League match Brentford vs Manchester United at The Gtech Community Stadium, London, United Kingdom, 30th March 2024(Photo by Cody Froggatt/News Images)

United not with it

They might be level, but boy have Manchester United been poor.

After their storming win over Liverpool two weeks ago, I expected them to come out firing and full of confidence. They have been the opposite.

They have looked at 50%, not making a game of it whatsoever.

What can Erik ten Hag change at half-time?

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WATCH: Toney hits the post

This was the best chance of the lot from Brentford.

When Ivan Toney goes through like he did here, you’d expect him to score, but this time around that wasn’t the case.

Will Brentford rue their missed chances

Brentford have been the better side by some margin.

However, they go into the break wondering how they haven’t scored in this match.

They have hit the woodwork twice, and Ivan Toney has been causing all sorts of problems for the United defence. You have to wonder though, will they regret their many misses.

United won’t be that poor in the second half, you’d expect.

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HALF-TIME: Brentford 0-0 Man United

For a match with no goals at half-time, it has had a lot of action.

Most of that action has been in and around the Manchester United goal, they have done a lot of defending.

Brentford have hit both the post and the bar through Ivan Toney and Mathias Jorgensen.

However, despite having all the ball and the chances, the Bees have not made the pressure count.

United will need to change a lot after the interval if they are going to get anything out of this match.

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ONE added minute

There is just the one added minute before the break.

The free-kick came to nothing for Man united, by the way.

YELLOW CARD: Brentford 0-0 Man United (Wissa)

Yoane Wissa is late on Bruno Fernandes as he dashes across him, but is there even any contact?

Anyway, Manchester United have a great set-piece opportunity here.

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Ring the alarm, Manchester United have had an effort on goal.

Marcus Rashford tries to rec-create that thunderbolt he scored against Manchester City, but it doesn’t come off and bounces easily through to mark Flekken.

At least they have finally had an attack though.

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Another last-ditch challenge by Raphael Varane to stop Ivan Toney from getting an effort off on goal.

This time he hurts himself from the tackle, but he gets up and dusts himself off for the incoming corner, which comes to nothing.

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YELLOW CARD: Brentford 0-0 Man United (Wan-Bissaka)

Our first yellow card of the game goes to Aaron Wan Bissaka.

The full-back wipes out Mads Roerslev, it was always going to be a booking.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka of Manchester United receives a yellow card from Referee Simon Hooper for a foul on Mads Roerslev of Brentford during the Premier League match between Brentford and Manchester United at Gtech Community Stadium, London, England on 30 March 2024. Photo by Ken Sparks.Editorial use only, license required for commercial use. No use in betting, games or a single club/league/player publications.

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Is a goal ever going to come for Brentford?

It’s more brilliant play from the Bees as Vitaly Janelt feeds Mads Roerslev in the area.

Roerslev flicks it onto Yoane Wissa who tries the spectacular but it doesn’t come off and goes over.

Chelsea know that he can get them right though.

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Another chance goes begging for Brentford and Ivan Toney.

The England striker goes close again but can’t keep his strike on target. Janelt then fires over after another attack.

Man United are hanging on at the moment.

BRENTFORD, ENGLAND - MARCH 30: Brentford's Ivan Toney shoots at goal during the Premier League match between Brentford FC and Manchester United at Gtech Community Stadium on March 30, 2024 in Brentford, England.(Photo by Andrew Kearns - CameraSport via Getty Images)

HIT THE BAR! Brentford 0-0 Man United

Brentford hit the woodwork for a second time.

This time a corner does bring a chance as Mathias Jensen is played the ball and crosses in delightfully for Mathias Jorgensen who heads onto the bar and over.

I thought he was about to score in truth! Will the Bees regret these misses?

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Keane Lewis-Potter is causing United problems.

He puts in another fantastic cross which Raphael Varane has to put behind. It was a big touch as Ivan Toney was lurking.

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Brentford are giving this a real go.

Ivan Toney brings out the so-called ‘twinkle toes’ to get around a couple of players before trying to find Yehor Yarmoliuk.

The Ukranian can’t get on the end of the pass though as Diogo Dalot puts in a great tackle to deny him.

HIT THE POST! Brentford 0-0 Man United

So close to an opener from Ivan Toney.

It’s brilliant build-up by Brentford and Yoane Wissa squeezes through a first-time pass to send Toney on his way.

You’d expect Toney to slot it away one-on-one, but it comes back off the inside of the post before being cleared for a corner.

Wissa then has a go himself but it flies wide.

The best chance of the game so far!

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Brentford 0-0 Man United

It’s all Brentford at the minute.

Ivan Toney has the ball down for a free-kick in a good position and he fires it straight into the wall. It does go for a corner though, which again comes to nothing.

Man United are struggling to get out.

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It’s corners galore for Brentford, but none of them are coming to anything.

After a third in succession, Mathias Jensen fires a cross in at speed which is punched away by Andre Onana.

The Bees are applying pressure and the crowd is responding to that.

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Brilliant defending from Victor Lindelof.

Yoane Wissa looks like a live wire today and he somehow comes out with the ball on the byline.

He then fires in a low cross towards Ivan Toney, but Lindelof vitally puts it behind for a corner, which is put behind for another one.

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They had no need to worry, it’s cleared easily.

I would watch out for set pieces in this game. They could be the key to goals.

Brentford have only kept one clean sheet at home all season…

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Manchester United are starting to push Brentford deep.

They work the ball to Diogo Dalot who has a crack that is deflected wide for a corner.

Brentford fans hold their breath, they aren’t so good at defending corners.

London, England, 30th March 2024. Diogo Dalot of Manchester United has a shot on goal but fails to score during the Premier League match at Gtech Community Stadium, London. Picture credit should read: Paul Terry / Sportimage

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There’s been a lot of build-up play around both boxes, but neither side have really created chances as of yet.

Whenever United have the ball you can hear a pin drop, but when Brentford launch an attack the atmosphere springs into life.

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Toney then shows no signs of any soreness to rise highest from the corner. However, he heads wide.

Brentford have shown some good signs of attacking intent in the early stages.

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Keane Lewis-Potter lofts in a tantalising ball for Ivan Toney to attack, but Aaron Wan-Bissaka gets their first to put it behind for a corner.

Toney goes down with a sore one but is ok to continue.

BRENTFORD, ENGLAND - MARCH 30: Brentford's Ivan Toney (centre) looks on as Manchester United's Aaron Wan-Bissaka heads clear during the Premier League match between Brentford FC and Manchester United at Gtech Community Stadium on March 30, 2024 in Brentford, England.(Photo by Andrew Kearns - CameraSport via Getty Images)

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A fast-paced start from both.

Brentford go forward in their numbers after Ivan Toney sets them on their way, but Mathias Jensen can’t finish off the move.

Man United then fly forward on the counterattack, which ends in Bruno Fernandes firing wide.

KICK-OFF: Brentford 0-0 Man United

Our 8pm Saturday night game is underway. Manchester United will be after a quick start.

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Fan Prediction: ‘4-0 Brentford’

Anonymous: Rooting for a re-run of the 4-0. Come on Brentford!

An optimistic Brentford fan I suspect…

Moments away from kick-off

The brilliant music is interrupted by the rather mundane Premier League tune.

Kick-off is moments away and I for one can’t wait.

As I moan about the music they bring out ‘Hey Jude’ by the Beatles, what a song.

Under the lights…show

Light shows seem to be such a big thing in modern football.

Brentford have got theirs underway, which means the teams will be out very soon.

But, for now, I am going to enjoy the spectacle!

Predictions?

We are closing in on kick-off.

So, you know what time it is, we want to hear your predictions.

I’m going to go 3-1 to Manchester United, they will have taken so much confidence from that win over Liverpool.

Comment down below your thoughts!

BRENTFORD, ENGLAND - MARCH 30: Scott McTominay of Manchester United warms up ahead of the Premier League match between Brentford FC and Manchester United at Gtech Community Stadium on March 30, 2024 in Brentford, England. (Photo by Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Yarmoliuk gets his chance

Yehor Yarmoliuk gets his shot in the centre of midfield.

The Ukranian has found opportunities hard to come by, but tonight he has the chance to put a marker down.

He will be up against it, facing a strong United midfield. Let’s see what he can do.

Yehor Yarmolyuk of Brentford in the pregame warmup session during the Premier League match Brentford vs Manchester United at The Gtech Community Stadium, London, United Kingdom, 30th March 2024(Photo by Cody Froggatt/News Images)

Thomas Frank: ‘I think their front four are very very good’

Thomas Frank, Brentford manager, speaking to Sky Sports:

Big challenge. I said before the game that I think their front four are very very good.

Plus they are in form, Hojlund was on fire, Garnacho on fire, Rashford is picking up and Fernandes is the best attacking player in terms of creating chances.

Hojlund back in PL action

Man United will be happy to have this man back.

Rasmus Hojlund was on an absolute tear before injury stopped him in his tracks, but after 3 Premier League games out, he starts again.

Can he get back to the form he was before?

BRENTFORD, ENGLAND - MARCH 30: Rasmus Hojlund of Manchester United arrives ahead of the Premier League match between Brentford FC and Manchester United at Gtech Community Stadium on March 30, 2024 in Brentford, England. (Photo by Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Manchester United’s forgotten man

Remember when Mason Mount was lighting up the Premier League with Chelsea?

Well, it feels like a very long time ago now.

Mount has only appeared in a United shirt 13 times since his arrival in the Summer and is yet to score for the club.

When he signed for the Red Devils I was sure he was going to be a success, but so far it has not gone too well.

There is still time for that to change though. Mount is on the bench tonight and will be looking to make an impact if called upon.

When on form, Mount is a brilliant player to have on your team.

BRENTFORD, ENGLAND - MARCH 30: Mason Mount of Manchester United arrives at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Brentford FC and Manchester United at Gtech Community Stadium on March 30, 2024 in Brentford, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

More McTominay magic?

United fans will know what this post is just by the headline… and so will Brentford.

Back in October, Manchester United somehow found a way to beat Brentford 2-1 at Old Trafford. It was all because of one man.

With 92 minutes on the clock, Brentford were one goal to the good and looked like securing a massive win at the ‘Theatre of Dreams’. Up step Scott McTominay.

The Scottish international netted in both the 93rd and the 97th minute to turn the tide spectacularly. It was a repeat of United’s 99′ heroics against Bayern.

They won’t want to leave that late today – I think that would break Brentford if it did.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 7: Scott McTominay of Manchester United celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 2-1 during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Brentford FC at Old Trafford on October 7, 2023 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 7: Manchester United's winning goal scorer Scott McTominay smiles with team mate Harry Maguire after the Premier League match between Manchester United and Brentford FC at Old Trafford on October 7, 2023 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Joe Prior/Visionhaus via Getty Images)

United’s regular joy over Brentford

Manchester United’s humbling at the hands of Brentford last season has been well documented.

However, if you look at their history against the Bees, they boast a rather strong record.

United have won eight out of their last 10 meetings with Brentford, not a bad record.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 02: Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United scores their side's second goal from a penalty during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Brentford at Old Trafford on May 02, 2022 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

How many minutes for Mbuemo?

Bryan Mbuemo made his long-awaited return from injury before the international break against Brentford.

Bees fans would have wanted to see him start today, but he is named among the substitutes once again.

It will be interesting to see how long he gets today. He has the ability to cause United real problems.

Mbuemo can be electrifying at times.

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‘Any repeat of the 4-0 hammering would be catastrophic’

Chris Wheeler, Mail Sport, at the GTech Community Stadium:

With Spurs coming from behind to beat Luton earlier and Villa two up against Wolves, the pressure is really on United to win here. They face Chelsea on Thursday and Liverpool on Sunday so, with all respect to Brentford, they really have to pick up three points tonight.

Of course, Ten Hag knows from painful experience that’s easier said than done. But any repeat of the 4-0 hammering at the hands of Brentford in only his second game in charge last season would be catastrophic.

Brentford Starting XI – Mbuemo remains on bench

Thomas Frank makes two changes to the side that lost 2-1 away at Burnley.

Bryan Mbuemo makes the bench again, I wonder how many minutes he will get today?

Man United Team News – Mainoo STARTS

The big news is that Kobbie Mainoo is fit to start despite missing training due to illness.

There are more returns to the squad too, as Casemiro, Lisandro Martinez, and Harry Maguire all make the bench.

United fans, are you happy?

Team news minutes away

The anticipation is killing me!

We are just moments away from finding out the line-ups. Will Mainoo be fit to start? How will Thomas Frank set up?

Those questions will be answered very soon.

BRENTFORD, ENGLAND - MARCH 30: Kobbie Mainoo of Manchester United arrives at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Brentford FC and Manchester United at Gtech Community Stadium on March 30, 2024 in Brentford, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
BRENTFORD, ENGLAND - MARCH 30: Ivan Toney of Brentford arrives at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Brentford FC and Manchester United at Gtech Community Stadium on March 30, 2024 in Brentford, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Mainoo on team bus!

Well, just as I say that, Chris Wheeler, Mail Sport, has some details for us.

Kobbie Mainoo is in the building alongside both Harry Maguire and Lisandro Martinez.

Will they be fit though? We will find out very soon!

Mainoo the maestro a DOUBT

From one international debutant to the other, but this one may not be fit to play today.

Kobbie Mainoo bagged his first two caps for England during the international break, and all I can say is wow.

Well, that’s not all I am going to say because I want to eulogise about him so more.

Mainoo was simply brilliant for England and has potentially now nailed down a spot at Euro 2024 at just 18 years of age.

However, will he be back in club colours today?

Mainoo has been out of training due to illness and we await to see if he will be fit enough to make the trip to west London.

If he misses out it will be a huge blow for United.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 26: Kobbie Mainoo of England looks on during the international friendly match between England and Belgium at Wembley Stadium on March 26, 2024 in London, England. (Photo by Eddie Keogh - The FA/The FA via Getty Images)

Toney to bring international form to club level?

Ivan Toney has had a good couple of weeks if you ask me.

He netted his first goal for England in his first start and is now looking likely to be on the plane to the Euros.

Can he bring that confidence back to Brentford?

At club level of late, he has struggled a little bit. He has not found the back of the net in his last five Premier League matches.

Before that, he bagged four in five. He needs to refind that form.

Today he has the perfect opportunity to do that.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 26: England's Ivan Toney scores his side's first goal from the penalty spot during the international friendly match between England and Belgium at Wembley Stadium on March 26, 2024 in London, England.(Photo by Rob Newell - CameraSport via Getty Images)

Villa lead Wolves at Villa Park

While we await the players to arrive here in West London, there is a game ongoing in Birmingham.

I love a derby, and so do Aston Villa it seems as they lead Wolves 1-0 at Villa Park.

Moussa Diaby’s goal was sensational by the way, you could watch it over and over again.

The second half has just gotten underway, so why not go check it out?

The scene is set

The GTech Community stadium is ready.

The sun may be going down now, but it was very lovely today in London. I’ve quite enjoyed the weather recently!

As the sky descends into darkness though, both sets of players will begin to trickle into the stadium.

It’s set to be a cracker.

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Blast from the past: Brentford 4-0 Man United

Man United fans, you may want to look away from this post.

The last time the Red Devils visited Brentford, it was not such a happy time for them – they have probably blocked it from their memory.

Brentford wept United aside with relative ease in August 2023, shipping four goals past them in the first half.

It was Erik ten Hag’s second league match in charge, it wasn’t the best of starts.

However, they did beat Liverpool in their next game and went on a strong run of form.

Surely we won’t see another result like this today.

Brentford's players celebrate on the pitch after the English Premier League football match between Brentford and Manchester United at Gtech Community Stadium in London on August 13, 2022. - Bentford won the game 4-0. (Photo by Ian Kington / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. /  (Photo by IAN KINGTON/AFP via Getty Images)
Manchester United fans react to their players after the English Premier League football match between Brentford and Manchester United at Gtech Community Stadium in London on August 13, 2022. - Bentford won the game 4-0. (Photo by Ian Kington / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. /  (Photo by IAN KINGTON/AFP via Getty Images)

Brentford’s torrid run of form

Not many people would have predicted Brentford would be in the predicament that they are currently in.

The Bees have taken just 10 points from their last 18 matches and sit just four points above the drop zone.

their loss to Burnley before the international break was perhaps their worst of the season.

Thomas Frank has to find a way to turn it around, but today they have a tough task ahead of them.

BURNLEY, ENGLAND - MARCH 16:  Brentford's Manager Thomas Frank during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Brentford FC at Turf Moor on March 16, 2024 in Burnley, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dave Howarth - CameraSport via Getty Images)

United to build on LFC triumph?

Manchester United fans will still be beaming from seeing the sight of Amad Diallo wheeling away in celebration.

The 4-3 win over Liverpool in the FA Cup will live long in the memory of United fans, but tonight their team has a job to do.

Before the start of the day, United were nine points off the Champions League spots, so their chances of making a late push for them are slim.

Nevertheless, a win over Brentford today would be just what they need to build on their recent momentum.

Thomas Frank will not want that to happen though.

epa11226543 Harry Maguire of Manchester United celebrates the 4-3 goal scored by teammate Amad Diallo during the FA Cup quarter-final soccer match between Manchester United and Liverpool in Manchester, Britain, 17 March 2024.  EPA/ADAM VAUGHAN EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos, 'live' services or NFTs. Online in-match use limited to 120 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.

Welcome!

I’m looking forward to this one tonight. Can Manchester United build on their magnificent win over Liverpool in the FA Cup, or will Brentford stop them in their tracks?

They have a tough act to follow, today’s games so far have been spectacular, and goals flew in all over the place.

So, will there be more coming our way? I hope so, I love a goal-fest!

BRENTFORD, ENGLAND - MARCH 30: Brentford-themed match scarves are seen outside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Brentford FC and Manchester United at Gtech Community Stadium on March 30, 2024 in Brentford, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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  • HALF-TIME: Brentford 0-0 Man United

  • KICK-OFF: Brentford 0-0 Man United

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