Manchester United will be looking to give their Premier League top-four hopes a boost when they make the trip to West London to face Brentford on Wednesday night.
The Red Devils are currently seventh in the table, five points behind fourth-placed West Ham United, while Brentford occupy 14th position, 10 points clear of the relegation zone.
Brentford have won five, drawn nine and lost 10 of their 21 Premier League matches this season to collect 23 points, which has left them in 14th position in the table, 10 points clear of 18th-placed Norwich City on the same number of games.
The Bees won back-to-back games against Aston Villa and Port Vale in the league and FA Cup earlier this month but have lost their last two against Southampton and Liverpool in England’s top flight, conceding seven times in the process and scoring just once.
The Brentford Community Stadium should be bouncing on Wednesday, as Thomas Frank’s side go in search of their seventh Premier League victory of the season, and they have already recorded four wins in front of their own supporters in the league this term, with three of those victories coming in their last four at home.
Brentford have not beaten Man United since 1938, but Wednesday’s contest will be their first clash in the league since 1947, when the two sides played out a goalless draw.
The Bees have shown that they are more than capable of competing at this level, and Frank’s side are only two points behind 10th-placed Leicester City, although the Foxes have only played 18 matches in the Premier League this term.
Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes celebrates scoring their second goal with teammates on January 15, 2022© Reuters
Man United, meanwhile, will enter the contest off the back of a 2-2 draw with Aston Villa on Saturday night; the Red Devils took a two-goal lead at Villa Park courtesy of a brace from Bruno Fernandes but conceded twice in the latter stages to share the points with Steven Gerrard’s side.
The performance was arguably the team’s best since Ralf Rangnick’s arrival as interim head coach, but it was a further indication of their shortcomings, having been unable to hold off the pressure from the home side, with former Liverpool attacker Philippe Coutinho coming up with the equaliser in the 81st minute.
The Red Devils have picked up 32 points from their 20 matches, which has left them in seventh spot in the table, five points behind fourth-placed West Ham with two games in hand.
Tottenham Hotspur are only four points behind West Ham with four games in hand on David Moyes’s side, though, so it is difficult to look too closely at the positions between fourth and seventh, while Wolverhampton Wanderers in eighth are now just a point behind Man United.
The Red Devils have only won four of their 10 away league matches this season, but they are unbeaten on their travels in England’s top flight since the 4-1 loss at Watford on November 20, which led to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s departure as head coach.