Predicted Manchester United line-up v Brentford
Manchester United’s final home game of the season will be held tonight as the Red Devils take on Brentford.
The game moves us one step closer to the end of the campaign, with away matches at Brighton and Crystal Palace to follow.
United’s task is made tougher by news Jadon Sancho is expected to miss the rest of the season.
Harry Maguire is also out, the club website confirmed, in addition to Luke Shaw and Paul Pogba being absent. Aaron Wan-Bissaka missed the Chelsea game, and is questionable for this fixture.
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The good news is Fred is likely to return. He was pictured back in training last week but the Chelsea game came a little too soon.
Fred will likely partner Scott McTominay back in midfield, with Nemanja Matic likely to be on the bench for his final home game.
United’s defence is expected to be the same as against Chelsea, with Alex Telles, Raphael Varane, Victor Lindelof and Diogo Dalot featuring, amid limited options.
Cristiano Ronaldo will lead the line, looking to add to his tally of eight goals in his last nine games, and a haul of 23 for the season.
He will be supported by Bruno Fernandes, and Anthony Elanga, who scored in the away win over Brentford in January.
Marcus Rashford also scored as a substitute in that match, and he may have to settle for a place on the bench in this game. He was awful against Chelsea and deserves to be dropped, even with limited options.
For this game, as disappointing as this may be, there is a chance Juan Mata gets the start on the right – as a sentimental selection for his last ever Old Trafford start, over Rashford, or any young stars.
Edinson Cavani could also be fit to return to the matchday squad for the first time since March. A place on the bench could be his best option.
Clues suggest youngsters won’t start
United fans rightly want to see young players feature in this game, with the season effectively over. But it may not be the case, despite Alejandro Garnacho making his debut as a substitute against Chelsea.
Garnacho, Alvaro Fernandez, and Hannibal all played 69 minutes of an under-23 game on Sunday. This suggests they weren’t exactly being kept fresh to start this game. Shola Shoretire played all 90 minutes.
The quartet will likely be on the bench for United, and could be joined by one or two others. But they will probably fall short of making the starting XI.
It is a shame as we would rather see Fernandez start over Telles, and Hannibal in one of the midfield positions, with Garnacho over Mata.