Obviously the history of Manchester United and Old Trafford is massive. It is an iconic place. We are in great form, not just in results but in performance. We want to be aggressive, be brave, be cool.
Because this tweet has ‘Manchester United’ inI am shoehorning this sensational image of Eusebio buying an Otis Redding vinyl into your feed tonight.
“For a club with a relatively unknown continental coach and a team of many journeymen, today’s plucky underdogs must be delighted with their mid-table finish,” emails Justin Kavanagh. “They’ve even taken the odd scalp against top five opponents, and kept their suburban London fanbase clicking through the turnstiles. Congrats on another successful season under the Glazers for Manchester United.”
This might not be the best idea on the club’s part, particularly as it will bring to light plenty of supporters that aren’t in the ground. A further protest against the Glazers is expected to take place, this time with fans being asked to leave their seats in the 73rd‑minute of the contest — 17 minutes from the end to mark 17 years since the Americans took charge of the club.
Mata makes his first league start of the season. You have to feel for Rashford and Lingard. Fred also makes the bench, he’s missed the last four games.
Looks like Brentford will start in a 5-3-2, with Christian Eriksen in the engine room. The Bees are unbeaten in all six of the games he has started.
Man Utd: De Gea, Dalot, Lindelof, Varane, Alex Telles, McTominay, Matic, Elanga, Bruno Fernandes, Mata, Ronaldo.
Subs: Bailly, Jones, Rashford, Lingard, Fred, Cavani, Henderson, Fernandez, Garnacho.
Brentford: Raya, Ajer, Roerslev, Jansson, Sorensen, Henry, Janelt, Norgaard, Eriksen, Mbeumo, Toney.
Subs: Jensen, Dasilva, Wissa, Jeanvier, Fosu, Baptiste, Stevens, Fernandez, Young-Coombes.
Referee: Chris Kavanagh (Lancashire)
I went for lunch today with a Manchester United supporting friend. I told him I was doing this MBM and assumed he would be watching the game, too. He’s not going out: it’s a Monday, for goodness sakes, at the end of a bank holiday weekend. I knew his girlfriend is out of the country, so he has the house and TV to himself tonight. This is a textbook opportunity for a night of good old-fashioned Manchester United-based fun at home. So will he be watching? “Probably not.”
Of course, one fan’s enthusiasm for watching one particular game of football should not spark mass protest or panic. After all, he’s a bit of a fair-weather fan from south London that’s got to get up early in the morning. And fear not, there will be a sell-out at Old Trafford and millions
watching the game around the globe, all decked out in their official merchandise. The coffers will be OK, for now. But apathy, rather than crushing disappointment or even online anger, is possibly the worst emotion in football, or at least the one that strikes the most fear to the money men. After years of underachievement, are people getting a little bored of Manchester United?
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This game is not completely irrelevant. For United, there is still Europa League qualification to think about, important only because avoiding slipping into the seventh and the Europa Conference League should be avoided at all costs. There are plenty among United’s squad playing for their futures. Be assured that ETH will be watching from a sofa in Amsterdam.
Manchester United remains a marquee away day for sides promoted into the Premier League and most Brentford fans will fancy their chances tonight on their first visit to Old Trafford for 46 years and their first league visit since 1946. Thomas Frank and co have reached the magical 40 -point mark, although survival is not yet mathematically secure. Another point or three wouldn’t hurt.
Brentford gave United a scare in the reverse fixture and should really have gone into half-time a couple of goals to the good, before United showed a rare ruthless streak in the second half to take the game 3-1. A similarly competitive game would do very nicely tonight.
Kick-off: 8pm BST.