Predicted Manchester United line-up v Brentford

Manchester United are looking to bounce back in a big way after a depressing opening day defeat at home to Brighton.

Unfortunately, the situation could get worse before it gets better. A big task is at hand this weekend when Manchester United visit Brentford.

This won’t be an easy match and Thomas Frank’s side will be looking for a statement win, convinced United are vulnerable.

The good news is there will be changes to the side which lost last week, we are anticipating four changes to the team and a new tactical approach.

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Predicted Manchester United line-up v Brentford

Starting up front, Manchester United will have a striker in the starting line-up this weekend. Cristiano Ronaldo will lead the line after getting an extra week to work on his fitness.

He will start in a front three with Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho in support. Alejandro Garnacho and Anthony Elanga will be on the bench.

The big, pivotal call comes in attacking midfield. Christian Eriksen could get the nod ahead of Bruno Fernandes and start against his former club.

There won’t be space to start both, and Fernandes was poor against Brighton. This is one of several decisive calls Erik ten Hag will have to make.

Scott McTominay won’t be starting either, not after last weekend’s disastrous performance. This could be James Garner’s big opportunity to prove himself, and he would line up alongside Fred.

Expect to see changes in defence too. Raphael Varane will replace Lisandro Martinez to combat Brentford’s physical threat of Ivan Toney up front. Tyrell Malacia could come in to make his first start, ahead of Luke Shaw.

United need a good result ahead of the Liverpool game the week after. A win would lift some of the growing gloom around the club, and give the squad and Erik ten Hag a much needed boost.

  • In: Malacia, Varane, Garner, Ronaldo
  • Out: Shaw, Martinez, McTominay, Fernandes
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