Manchester United make rare change to matchday schedule for Brentford clash

Manchester United’s players will have had a much-needed extra night’s rest at home before taking on Brentford.

The Red Devils have opted to make an unusual change to their preparations for their Premier League clash with Brentford, travelling to London on the day of the match.

Erik ten Hag’s side normally make the trip for away matches the day before, but have been gifted the chance to move things around thanks to a late kick-off time.

United will face Brentford at the GTECH Community Stadium at 8pm, live on talkSPORT, on a busy day of action as the English top flight returns after the international break.

It’s the fourth occasion this season that the Red Devils have been moved to the late Saturday slot, the most of any team in the division.

But thanks to the extra time they’ve been given, players have been rewarded with an extra day at home before flying down from Manchester on Saturday morning.

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The decision could be beneficial for a number of first team stars who are questionable for the match with injury issues.

Casemiro, Harry Maguire and Lisandro Martinez were all facing late fitness tests ahead of the match.

The trio will be key in helping Ten Hag exercise some demons from their last trip to Brentford.

In April 2022, United were destroyed at the GTECH 4-0 in the Dutchman’s second game in the dugout.

The humiliation caused the former Ajax manager to completely change his tactics and philosophy as players like David de Gea proved they weren’t up to his passing game.

Despite the big adjustment, United still finished third in 2022/23, something which looks virtually impossible this season.

The 20-time English champions are currently sixth in the table, a whopping nine points off Aston Villa in fourth.

Brentford present a much-needed opportunity for Ten Hag to get three points on the board, with the Bees possessing the worst form in the division – four defeats and a draw in their last five games.

SOURCE: Football News, Transfers, Opinion – talkSPORT   (go to source)
AUTHOR: Connor Andrews
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