After starting the Erik ten Hag era off on the wrong foot by losing to Brighton at home, can Manchester United rebound with a victory over Brentford? It will be easier said than done versus Thomas Frank’s side after their comeback draw with Leicester City in Week 1. With a settled team at his disposal, Brentford can cause Manchester United similar issues they faced versus Brighton in dealing with Ivan Toney and Bryan Mbeumo.
Ten Hag will have a big decision to make on if he will start Cristiano Ronaldo as well as how his midfield setup will look. Former Brentford man Christian Eriksen looked lost playing as a center forward in Week 1 but Manchester United doesn’t have an appropriate defensive midfielder to drop him into a midfield three from the start of the game which is one of the reasons they’re pursuing Adrien Rabiot of Juventus.
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Brentford: The Bees will likely roll out a back four again as Kristoffer Ajer and Ethan Pinnock will miss the match with injuries but Ben Mee was solid on his debut versus Leicester City. With new signing Mikkel Damsgaard, the formation could be in play longer even when they are back to full strength. Damsgaard only featured in 12 games for Sampdoria last season due to issues with arthritis but after missing five months, he was able to return by the end of the season before moving to Brentford.