Manchester United travel to Brentford on Wednesday night looking to bounce back following a string of disappointing results and performances in the Premier League.
Last time out, United let a two-goal lead slip against Aston Villa and before that they were shocked by Wolves, falling to a 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford. Even their FA Cup win over Villa, sandwiched between these two fixtures, has done little to raise spirits with Ralf Rangnick’s Red Devils still looking disjointed.
They face a Brentford side who have won just once in their last four Premier League games, though they still sit ten points clear of the relegation zone.
Here is everything to know ahead of the game…
When is kick off? Wednesday 19 January, 20:00 (GMT)
Where is it being played? Brentford Community Stadium, London
What TV channel is it on? BT Sport 1 (US), fuboTV (US)
Highlights? BT Sport YouTube channel
Who’s the referee? Andre Marriner
Who’s the VAR? Neil Davies
Brentford’s recent injury woes are set to continue in midweek with Julian Jeanvier, David Raya, Charlie Goode and Josh Dasilva all still missing.
Frank Onyeka is away at AFCON and seems unlikely to return for some time with Nigeria set to progress to the knockout stages.
Read Brentford’s predicted lineup here
Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s recent illness will continue to sideline him against the Bees. Paul Pogba is also out, despite returning to training this week.
Elsewhere, Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcus Rashford could both be available after missing the draw with Villa.
United are also boosted by the returns of Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay from suspensions. Harry Maguire, who was on the bench against Villa, could return to the starting lineup.
Read Man Utd’s predicted lineup here
These two clubs haven’t met each other all too often over the years, playing out just 13 competitive encounters. Their record is almost identical, with United winning six times and Brentford coming out on top five times.
The Bees had a period of domination in the 1930s, winning five of six meetings (drawing the other) from January 1934 to February 1938 although the Red Devils have won four of the last five fixtures between the two sides – most recently winning a League Cup tie 2-1 back in 1975.
The two clubs also met in a pre-season friendly this summer, playing out an exciting 2-2 draw before the start of the campaign.
This is a big game for Rangnick and United with the atmosphere around the club bordering on toxic once again.
They will be emboldened by the Bees’ recent struggles though, as well as by the return of several first-team players including (hopefully) Ronaldo.
With that in mind, United should be capable of overcoming their hosts in the capital, but do not expect them to turn on the style in what is bound to be a tough test.
Prediction: Brentford 0-1 Manchester United