Manchester United vs Brentford: Form Guide

Manchester United host Brentford in their final Premier League game at Old Trafford this season and the two clubs campaigns couldn’t be any more different.

Manchester United have been up and down all year and have struggled to have a good reign of form from the word go. All the optimism from the from the beginning of the season with the signings of Jadon Sancho, Raphaël Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo has disappeared as United sit sixth, five points off a Champions League place.

Brentford meanwhile, have had a very successful debut season in the league, sitting comfortably in 14th with Thomas Frank’s side not being threatened by relegation throughout.

Although United were decisive winners, with a 3-1 scoreline, when the two teams first met in January, Brentford will look back upon the 21/22 season fondly, whereas, the Red Devils are counting down the days until it ends.

The full match report for the first time Manchester United clashed with Brentford in the Premier League can be read here.

The Opposition: Brentford

Brentford’s last five: LWWWD

Brentford are one of the most in-form teams currently after being rejuvenated by the signing of Christian Eriksen, only losing once with the Danish international on the team sheet.

During this run of good form Brentford have faced four of their London rivals, winning three and drawing one.

The first of the London clubs were Chelsea, who ‘The Bees’ emphatically thrashed 4-1 at Stamford Bridge, much to everyone’s surprise. Two goals from Vitaly Janelt, one from Eriksen and Yoane Wissa meant that the visitors ran riot in the second half after going into the interval 1-0 down due to an Antonio Rüdiger screamer.

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Brentford continued to reign supreme in their next two fixtures, beating European high flying West Ham 2-0 with goals from their top scorer, Ivan Toney, and Bryan Mbeumo.

A 96th minute winner by Pontus Jansson, assisted by Eriksen, helped put away fellow promoted side Watford 2-1 in a match which many people would have thought at the beginning of the season would have been a relegation six pointer, but due to Brentford loving life in the top flight this was not the case.

Brentford’s most recent game was against Tottenham Hotspur which finished 0-0 but contrary to what the result might suggest, the game was anything but boring. Both teams had multiple chances to win the game only to be denied by the posts or brilliant saves by the goalkeepers.

Manchester United

United’s last five: LWLLD

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Similarly to their opponents, United are having a run-in of London fixtures with Brentford being the third team from the capital in as many weeks for Manchester United in the Premier League.

However, that is where the similarities stop, as unlike Brentford, United have struggled in their recent fixtures, only picking up four of a possible 15 points in their last five games and they could consider themselves lucky doing so.

Manchester United have been humiliated in the pass weeks by Liverpool at Anfield, losing 4-0 and by Arsenal losing 3-1 at the Emirates, although a missed penalty by Bruno Fernandes and some contentious refereeing decisions could have easily changed the result of the match if they went United’s way.

Manchester United’s woes continued in their last fixture as they were dominated by Chelsea who had 65% possession at Old Trafford on Thursday and 21 shots, six of these being on target — equalling the total shots by United, but somehow the home side left with a point, thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo who scored two minutes after Chelsea first found the net.

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To read the Manchester United vs Chelsea match report click here.

Hopefully United will end their final home game of the season with a bang and gain the three points, not for the players as there isn’t much to play for, but for the fans who have had to endure a season that will be one to forget.

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