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Brentford FC vs Manchester United FC, Premier League 2022-2023, Today Match Prediction

Brentford, Brentford Community Stadium




Manchester United searching for a positive performance over Brentford

  • Manchester United were poor in defeat to Brighton
  • The club has been criticised for lack of strategy in the transfer market
  • Brentford fought back to earn draw at Leicester

Manchester United to win 3-1

Tournament: Premier League 2022-2023 | Venue: Brentford, Brentford Community Stadium

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Erik ten Hag would have hoped his era at Manchester United would have gotten off to a positive start.

Instead, his side were poor against a Brighton team who looked better in every area of the pitch. By halftime, they were 2-0 down. Although United came out the better side in the second half, they didn’t deserve anything from the contest.

In the week that has followed, a number of players have been linked with the club, signifying United’s lack of transfer strategy that fans hoped had improved.

Brentford showed a stirring response to come back from 2-0 down against Leicester, earning a point. 

They will present another tricky opponent for United, especially at their home stadium. Their fans have been brilliant since they earned promotion to the Premier League two seasons ago.

Don’t expect this to be easy for United.

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Reasons to be cheerful:

     Did well to earn draw at Leicester last weekend

     Toney will always present a threat up front

Reasons to be fearful:

     Lost both games to United last season

     United will expect a response after poor first game

One positive for Brentford is that their organised, hard-working style of football is likely to cause United some problems this weekend.

As we’ve seen since the start of last season, United struggle against sides who are hard to break down and play a high-pressing style of football.

In Toney, they have a top striker who can score goals against any opposition and he is backed up by the likes of Dasilva and Wissa who can also hit the target.

They will need to be wary of a response from United, who will be under immense pressure to perform.

Star Man – Ivan Toney

Fresh after scoring 14 goals in his first season in the Premier League, Toney scored Brentford’s first last weekend. He’s key to Brentford’s hopes this season.

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Reasons to be cheerful

     Can only be better than last weekend

     Ronaldo should be fit to lead the line

Reasons to be fearful

     Clearly more work for ten Hag than he realised

     Midfield is far too easy to play against

It could be a long road ahead for United and their fans this season.

If last weekend is anything to go by, we could be seeing many of the same problems from last season continuing to haunt them during this campaign.

Erik ten Hag will be convinced that he can turn things around, otherwise he wouldn’t have taken on the job. However, it’s going to take more than a few weeks of training sessions and more recruits will be needed.

Although they beat Brentford twice last season, the performances weren’t as convincing as the 3-1 and 3-0 scorelines suggest.

This won’t be easy for them.

Star Man – Cristiano Ronaldo

If he is fit, he will start for sure. They missed a focal point during the first half last weekend, and will need his goals going forward.

     Ronaldo to start

     United should dominate possession

     Brentford will have chances of their own

United are unlikely to go from dreadful one week, to incredible the next.

One week of training won’t be enough to make such a significant difference.

However, their fans will expect an improvement, as will the manager. It’ll be down to Ronaldo, Rashford, Fernandes and co. to bring some confidence back to the team.

Brentford will have chances of their own, for sure. United are too open to deny them opportunities across 90 minutes.

Manchester United to win 3-1

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Author: Ross B.