On Saturday evening, Manchester United will play Brentford in the Premier League at the Gtech Community Stadium. Erik ten Hag’s side will be looking for their first points of the season after suffering a crushing defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday.
Despite the defeat and rumors linking the Old Trafford club to a number of signings, it appears unlikely that any new signings will be involved in this match, with the club needing to sign them by noon on Friday to be cleared, and with work permits required, it will most likely be the same squad.
United really need to find their feet against Brentford, who will be up for trying to disgrace Ten Hag’s side in their second match of the season. It will be a worrying time for the Dutchman, who saw his team play some good football in the first three pre-season matches only to regress massively.
Manchester United Starting XI – 4-3-3
Dalot, Varane, Martinez, Malacia;
Eriksen, Garner, Fernandes;
Sancho, Ronaldo, Garnacho
Substitutes: Heaton; Maguire, Shaw, Wan-Bissaka; van de Beek, Hannibal, Iqbal; Rashford, Elanga
It is important that United have capable players on the bench. With five substitutions allowed in the Premier League, during three occasions in play and one during the halftime break, Ten Hag will need to get that right. On Sunday against Brighton, some subs were too late.
Tom Heaton will remain on the bench for this match with Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, and Aaron Wan-Bissaka in defensive backup roles – should they be needed. In the midfield, Donny van de Beek, Hannibal Mejbri, and Zidane Iqbal could bring something to the table.
With the attacking ranks much weaker than last season at this stage, United could have Marcus Rashford and Anthony Elanga to call for at some point in the match. Facundo Pellistri is out injured and Amad Diallo has not really impressed much to be involved at this stage.