Predicted Manchester United XI v Brentford

Manchester United visit Brentford for for the first league clash between the two teams since 1947.

The sides are a little more familiar than that statistic suggests, after facing off in pre-season at Old Trafford.

Brentford came away with a 2-2 draw that day, although they are new opponents for new boss Ralf Rangnick.

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How will United line up?

This is United’s second match in five days, and there is another huge game at home to West Ham on Saturday.


With that in mind, expect a fair bit of rotation, we are anticipating as many as six changes for the fixture.

Three of these could take place defensively. Luke Shaw is fresh after suspension and should come in to replace Alex Telles.

Diogo Dalot will keep his place at right-back, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka out with illness.

Harry Maguire is likely to return at centre-back, and the physical match-up against Ivan Toney could suit him, with Victor Lindelof dropping out.

We are expecting United to line-up with a 4-2-3-1 formation, and it could be Fred and Scott McTominay together in midfield.

Nemanja Matic will drop out, with Donny van de Beek remaining on the bench as usual. McTominay is eligible again after suspension, while Paul Pogba is not yet ready despite returning to training.

Elanga to keep his place?

One of the big calls for Rangnick is whether to keep Anthony Elanga in the side after an impressive start at Villa Park.

With Marcus Rashford not at 100 per cent, Elanga should keep his spot, and he knows what to expect from Brentford after scoring against them at Old Trafford in July.

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The two players lining up with Elanga could be different. Cristiano Ronaldo is likely to lead the line up front, coming in for Edinson Cavani.

Jadon Sancho could also get his first start of 2021 on the right, replacing Mason Greenwood, who has been bright in recent games while missing a cutting edge.

Sancho will want to prove a point, and in his preferred role on the right wing, this is a good opportunity for him to kick on.

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