On Monday night Manchester United fans will be able to see the team take to Old Trafford for the final time this season. With the top four looking inevitably out of reach for the Red Devils, the ones to watch for the game vary from a selection of youth prospects as well as experienced players.
After a gritty performance which resulted in a 1-1 draw against Chelsea, the excitement from the game came when a young Alejandro Garnacho came on as substitute to make his professional debut for the club. With the result all but ending top four hopes, the display of youth may finally be brought for home fans to finally see.
Although Manchester United and Rangnick will be hoping to finish the season strong whilst capitalizing on the last three games of the season, Monday night may well be the final time fans will see Nemanja Matic take to Old Trafford, with the 33-year-old calling time on his Manchester United career.
With the positives coming from a 1-1 draw against Chelsea with Manchester United defending capably against a third placed side, playing the Red Devils has never been as easy as it is this season. With Brentford all but safe accumulating 40 points this season so far, it will be pivotal for the Red Devils to react to Brentford’s counter attacking style of play which has seemed to be a shining light for their season.
With all that being said, here are some players to watch attentively this Monday as they could be the difference between the two teams.
Ones to watch (Manchester United)
With Counter attacking seeming to be the style in which Brentford looks to attack, it will be pivotal for Manchester United players to break the defence whilst also controlling the game. With this in mind, a player to watch will be the man himself Nemanja Matic.
With a stunning assist against Chelsea, Matic will be important against Brentford as his passing range and ability to retain possession will be vital for the Red Devils to get a result. With the game seen as emotional for many fans of the 33-year-old Serbian, the experience Nemanja Matic offers on the pitch will be watched closely, undoubtably making him a player which could provide the difference.
Another player to watch will be Hannibal Mejbri, with the player likely to get minutes with Rangnick confirming doubts over Fred’s availability. With many players set to be unavailable for the last three games of the season and top four hopes looking over, the youth players will be ones to watch for the remainder of the season. Although it will be unlikely Hannibal starts, it is likely that the young Tunisian international will get minutes making him one of the players to watch.
Ones to watch (Brentford)
Since the signing of Christian Eriksen, Brentford have become an exciting team to watch and the Danish International will again be worthy to look at against Manchester United. Eriksen has been a creative spark and pure joy to watch since his return from his serious heart condition which took place at the Euros.
Eriksen will test Manchester United’s defence which has tendencies to concede, leading to another fantastic strike duo to watch attentively. Bryan Mbeumo and Ivan Toney have proven to be a deadly duo with the strike partnership netting a goal each against a difficult opponent in West Ham not too long ago.
This duo combined with the creative spark in Christian Eriksen could hurt the Red Devils if Rangnick’s men are not up to the challenge proving these players to be ones to watch.