Team news, stats and predictions ahead of Brentford-Man Utd in the Premier League on Tuesday (kick-off 19:30).
Ivan Toney could return for Brentford’s Premier League match against Manchester United after Covid-19.
The Bees top scorer should come out of isolation in time for the game but his physical condition is to be assessed, while winger Sergi Canos has just returned from disqualification. However, defender Ethan Pinnock is expected to lose again to the virus.
Brentford provisional team: Fernandez, Henry, Jansson, Sorensen, Norgaard, Jensen, Mbeumo, Janelt, Cox, Thompson, Goode, Roerslev, Stevens, Onyeka, Bidstrup, Forss, Ghoddos, Baptiste, Wissa, Toney, Canos.
Manchester United he will have to evaluate center-back Victor Lindelof and address any potential Covid-19 fallout before heading south.
The Swedish defender was replaced in the second half of Saturday’s win against Norwich after complaining of respiratory problems, but was judged “OK” by interim manager Ralf Rangnick after the match. The next day the Red Devils were hit with a small number of Covid-19 positive lateral flow tests in the team.
Raphael Varane (hamstring), Paul Pogba (thigh) and Anthony Martial (knee) should have missed the London trip anyway while Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Nemanja Matic and Edinson Cavani have to be evaluated.
Manchester United provisional squad: Henderson, Heaton, De Gea, Kovar, Dalot, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Bailly, Maguire, Mengi, Shaw, Telles, Matic, McTominay, Fred, Van de Beek, Mejbri, Mata, Lingard, Fernandes, Sancho, Amad, Elanga , Ronaldo, Rashford, Greenwood, Cavani.
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- This is the first league match between Brentford and Manchester United since April 1947, a goalless draw at Griffin Park in the top flight.
- Manchester United won the last time they faced Brentford in a competition, winning a 2-1 League Cup draw at Old Trafford in September 1975 thanks to goals from Lou Macari and Sammy McIlroy.
- Only Liverpool (57) have won a Premier League match in more different stadiums than Manchester United (54), with Brentford Community Stadium the 60th different pitch the Red Devils will have played in the competition.
- Brentford are unbeaten in their last 11 league games played on Tuesday (W5, D6) since a 2-1 defeat at Luton in February 2020.
- Manchester United are unbeaten in their last 12 Premier League away games against London sides since a 2-0 defeat at Arsenal in January 2020. It is the longest unbeaten league streak in the capital since the streak of 13 between December 2011 and December 2013
- Manchester United have won 34 of the 56 Premier League games played on Tuesday, both the highest win rate and the highest win rate (61%) of any team on this day of the week in the competition.
- Two of Brentford’s five Premier League wins this season were courtesy of the 90th-minute winners, including a win against Watford last time out. The only team to have scored more wins thanks to goals in the 90th minute in their first season in the competition was Wigan Athletic (3 in 2005-06).
- Manchester United have won both of their two league games so far under Ralf Rangnick 1-0. No manager in club history has kept a clean sheet in each of their first three league games at the helm of the Red Devils.
- All of Brentford’s 10 home goals in the Premier League were scored by different players – they are the first team in the history of the competition to see the top 10 home goals scored by 10 different players (excluding own goals).
- Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo has scored seven Premier League goals this season: it’s the most since a player aged 36 and over in a single Premier League campaign since Graham Alexander in 2009-10 (7), while the last player of the genre to score the most was Gary Speed in 2006-07 (8).