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Was this the attitude Cristiano Ronaldo demanded? Whatever about refusing to accept criticism, Manchester United’s new generation refused to accept anything other than victory. It was certainly the response, and the result, Ralf Rangnick and his team needed. On a night when they were often second best to Brentford, and mere days after Ronaldo gave such a pointed interview about the attitude of younger players, three of the club’s youth graduates scored to secure a crucial 3-1 win in the race for fourth. The table looks that bit better for United. The mood is that bit improved.

That’s the spirit of youth, that feels all the more special when another new academy player scores. The 19-year-old Anthony Elanga was no mere detail in adding to United’s long list of historic teenage goalscorers, though. He offered the most important moment of the game at Brentford Community Stadium, brilliantly improvising on a hopeful cross to give United a lead they scarcely deserved.

Neither he or the team looked back. They were instead racing away, especially for the two moments that clinched it. Mason Greenwood slid in the second on the break before substitute Marcus Rashford thrashed in to score his first goal since October. The angry nature of the finish made it seem like Rashford was proving a point.

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Brentford vs Manchester United

  • Man United starlets provide clinical touch to down wasteful Brentford

  • 54’ - Great control and finish from Elanga puts United ahead after hosts spurn several big chances

  • 62’ - Greenwood taps in to double visitors’ lead after Fernandes runs from deep

  • 77’ - Rashford wraps up the points off the bench by firing high past Lossl

  • 84’ - Toney finally bundles one in for hosts after earlier wasted opportunities

Manchester United’s young stars provide clinical touch to down wasteful Brentford

22:10 , Michael Jones

Was this the attitude Cristiano Ronaldo demanded?

Whatever about refusing to accept criticism, Manchester United’s new generation refused to accept anything other than victory. It was certainly the response, and the result, Ralf Rangnick and his team needed.

On a night when they were often second best to Brentford, and mere days after Ronaldo gave such a pointed interview about the attitude of younger players, three of the club’s youth graduates scored to secure a crucial 3-1 win in the race for fourth. The table looks that bit better for United. The mood is that bit improved.

Manchester United’s young stars provide clinical touch to down wasteful Brentford

Reaction from Anthony Elanga

22:08 , Michael Jones

Anthony Elanga spoke to BT Sport after the game and explained how his opening goal set up Manchester United’s second half performance. He said:

Second half we played our best football. We really stepped it up. The first goal lifted the team, then the second and third goal came and it got better.

“The first touch set it up. I could see the keeper coming and I just had to head it in.

“I want to continue to work hard and get more goals. I appreciate the boss so much. You can see the intensity we put in in training and f you put in the work in training you get the results you deserve.”

Brentford 1 - 3 Man Utd

22:06 , Michael Jones

A landmark win for Manchester United.

Brentford 1 - 3 Man Utd

22:02 , Michael Jones

Fred has been involved in four goals in his last seven Premier League games for Manchester United (1 goal, 3 assist), as many as he had in his first 86 appearances in the competition (3 goals, 1 assist)

Brentford 1 - 3 Man Utd

21:59 , Michael Jones

Three goals in the second half ensured Manchester United earned a comfortable victory over Brentford tonight.

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Full-time: Brentford 1 - 3 Man Utd

21:54 , Michael Jones

90+4 mins: There goes the final whistle. Manchester United take an essential three points from their trip to London. They close the gap on West Ham in fourth. United’s second half display is a platform to build on but they failed to keep a clean sheet again and they were unconvincing for long periods.

Brentford will feel hard done by. They put in another decent performance and conceded another three goals. Their next game against Wolves is going to be a big one.

Brentford 1 - 3 Man Utd

21:51 , Michael Jones

90+2 mins: There’s no desire to try and get out by Manchester United, pretty much everyone is playing behind the ball, they desperately don’t want to concede again.

Brentford 1 - 3 Man Utd

21:49 , Michael Jones

90 mins: Baptiste flicks a Brentford free kick into the box but Dalot gets to it ahead of Pinnock and heads it out for a throw in. Bech’s long throw into the box is then cleared by substitute Nemanja Matic. There’s going to be four minutes of added time to play. Man Utd are hanging on here.

Brentford 1 - 3 Man Utd

21:47 , Michael Jones

88 mins: Diogo Dalot concedes a corner for Man Utd. Bryan Mbeumo takes it for Brentford and picks out Ethan Pinnock. He wins the header but there’s no pace on the ball and it loops up nicely for David De Gea to pluck out of the air. Time is running out for Brentford.

GOAL! Brentford 1 - 3 Man Utd (Toney, 85’)⚽️

21:43 , Michael Jones

85 mins: Is that a lifeline for Brentford? The bees swing a free kick into the box and United fail to clear it. Pinnock keeps the attack alive and sends a square ball into the six-yard box. He flies past Harry Maguire and hits Mathias Jensen before falling to Ivan Toney. He toe pokes it back towards goal and leaves David De Gea no chance to keep it out. Five minues to play of the 9, can Brentford get another one?

Brentford 0 - 3 Man Utd

21:42 , Michael Jones

80 mins: 10 minutes to go with Brentford trying to wrestle the momentum away from the visitors. Telles heads a cross from the left side behind for a corner. The set piece is swung into the box but Fernandes wins the initial ball and heads it to the back of the box. Toney collects the loose ball and attempts to set up a shot from outside the box but McTominay is out quickly to clear the danger.

GOAL! Brentford 0 - 3 Man Utd (Rashford, 77’)⚽️

21:36 , Michael Jones

77 mins: Points secured. McTominay wins the ball in midfield then shakes off two tackles before driving up the pitch. He feeds the ball to Fernandes who carries it up to the box and then lays it off to Rashford. He’s just got the goalkeeper to beat and fires a right footed strike past Lossl to give United an unassailable lead.

Brentford 0 - 2 Man Utd

21:35 , Michael Jones

76 mins: Mads Roerslev lifts a cross over to the far post but Dalot has it covered and knocks the ball out of the box. Brentford recover the ball and attack down the left. A pass comes across to Ivan Toney who shoots but has his effort blocked by Varane in the penalty area.

Brentford 0 - 2 Man Utd

21:32 , Michael Jones

73 mins: United have gone to a back three now with Maguire, Varane and Lindelof. Ralf Rangnick obviously doesn’t want them to surrender another two goal lead.

Telles swings a free kick into the box for the visitors but can’t pick out a teammate and Brentford work it away.

Brentford 0 - 2 Man Utd

21:30 , Michael Jones

70 mins: Ralf Rangnick makes a double change for Manchester United with Marcus Rashford and Harry Maguire coming on for Mason Greenwood and Cristiano Ronaldo.

That second change hasn’t gone down well with the United fans. Ronaldo himself isn’t happy about it at all.

Leicester 2-3 Tottenham⚽️

21:28 , Michael Jones

90+7 mins: Serious carnage happening at the King Power Stadium! Steven Bergwijn draws Spurs level again before winning the game for the visitors in stoppage time! What has gone on there?!

It’s full-time and Tottenham take all three points

Brentford 0 - 2 Man Utd

21:25 , Michael Jones

65 mins: Shandon Baptiste and Rico Henry are on for Brentford with Sergi Canos and Vitaly Janelt the two men replaced.

Bruno Fernandes lifts a pass into the box for Ronaldo who collides with one of the Brentford centre-backs and goes down in a heap of theatrics. Referee Andre Marriner just ignores him.

GOAL! Brentford 0 - 2 Man Utd (Greenwood, 62’)⚽️

21:21 , Michael Jones

62 mins: It’s two! Ruthless stuff from Man Utd. Scott McTominay wins the ball in the middle of the pitch and chips it up to Cristiano Ronaldo. He chests the ball in behind the Brentford back line as Bruno Fernandes storms through the lines. He collects the ball drives into the penalty area and squares it across to Mason Greenwood for a tap in.

Brentford 0 - 1 Man Utd

21:18 , Michael Jones

60 mins: It will be interesting to see how Brentford play this now. Against Liverpool at the weekend they threw men forward after conceding the first goal but that opened up their defence and they conceded two more goals without reply. Will they do the same tonight with the belief that United aren’t as clinical as Liverpool?

Brentford 0 - 1 Man Utd

21:16 , Michael Jones

58 mins: Chance! Scott McTominay drives forward for the visitors and blasts a shot from range. It bounces just in front of Lossl who manages to turn it wide of the right-hand post.

Fernandes swings the resultant corner into the box for Man Utd but Brentford boot the ball back down the pitch.

GOAL! Brentford 0 - 1 Man Utd (Elanga, 55’)⚽️

21:13 , Michael Jones

55 mins: The deadlock is broken! Patient build-up from Man Utd again sees them slowly work the ball into Brentford’s final third. It comes to Fred who flicks the ball into the box to match Anthony Elanga’s run from the left. The teenager gets to the ball before Jonas Lossl, flicks it up and then heads it past the gaolkeeper to give Manchester United the lead!

Brentford 0 - 0 Man Utd

21:11 , Michael Jones

51 mins: The game is very open at the moment. Mason Greenwood brings the ball into the box and then leaves it for Ronaldo. He’s dispossessed almost immediately and Brentford work it up to Mbeumo again. The forward turns towards United’s box and takes on Alex Telles who is a little too forecful with his tackle and brings down the Brentford man.

Leicester 2-1 Tottenham⚽️

21:09 , Michael Jones

Leicester have retaken the lead with less than 15 minutes to play at the King Power Stadium. James Maddison gets on the end of a nice pass from Harvey Barnes and slots home a deflected shot off the post!

Brentford 0 - 0 Man Utd

21:07 , Michael Jones

48 mins: Man Utd play the corner short before giving the ball to Fernandes on the right side. He floats a cross to the back post where Ronaldo wins the header and knocks it onto the crossbar!

Brentford then counterattack from another United corner. It’s poor from United who are left with just one defender as the ball comes up to Mbeumo. He sprints towards the box before passing the ball across to Jensen. The midfielder seems to panic and shoots from the edge of the area leaving De Gea with an easy save low down.

Second half: Brentford 0 - 0 Man Utd

21:05 , Michael Jones

Kick off: Brentford get the match back underway but United win the ball early. Ronaldo whips a cross into the box but Pinnock heads it clear. The visitors recover the ball and slide it back up to Ronaldo. He runs into the right side of the box and takes a shot that gets deflected behind for a corner.

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21:01 , Michael Jones

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Brentford 0 - 0 Man Utd

20:55 , Michael Jones

Nothing the separate the teams in terms of scoreline but Brentford have had more shots (8) with three of them on target compared to United’s (4) with none on target.

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Leicester 1-1 Tottenham

20:51 , Michael Jones

A hour gone at the King Power Stadium and the scores are still level. James Maddison sends a free kick into the Tottenham box and the clearance comes out to Youri Tielemans. He shoots from just outside the and sends the effort over the crossbar.

Half-time: Brentford 0 - 0 Man Utd

20:48 , Michael Jones

45+2 mins: The game coasts into the break with the match still goalless. For all of United’s star power they haven’t been able to create a proper chances in front of goal. Brentford have had at least two great ones. David De Gea stood up yet again to come to United’s rescue and keep them in the game.

Brentford 0 - 0 Man Utd

20:46 , Michael Jones

45 mins: Two minutes of added time to play before half-time.

Brentford 0 - 0 Man Utd

20:43 , Michael Jones

42 mins: Pontus Jansson wins the ball and boots it long to Mbeumo. He tries to take on Varane but can’t weave around the centre-back. Fernandes sprints back to help out anf the visitors force Brentford to retreat with the ball.

Brentford 0 - 0 Man Utd

20:42 , Michael Jones

39 mins: Alex Telles challenges for an aerial ball and knocks it out for a throw in but lands awkwardly. He’s off the pitch for treatment as Mads Bech Sorensen chucks another long throw in into the United box but Greenwood heads it away. Brentford quickly recover the ball but the pass back into the box isn’t great and goes behind for a goal kick.

Brentford 0 - 0 Man Utd

20:38 , Michael Jones

36 mins: United press high up the pitch and whip crosses into the box from both sides but can’t pick anyone out in the middle. A clearance drops to Fred who blasts one from range and has his effort blocked from inside the area before Brentford eventually clear the danger.

Brentford 0 - 0 Man Utd

20:34 , Michael Jones

33 mins: Save! A brilliant counterattack from Brentford sees them burst down the right side before firing a diagonal ball over to Toney on the left. Jensen is up with the striker and Man Utd have just one man back to defend. Toney takes it into the box and slides a pass across to Jensen. He opens himself up to guide a shot to De Gea’s left but the United goalkeeper gets a leg to the ball again to deny Brentford an opener!

Brentford 0 - 0 Man Utd

20:31 , Michael Jones

30 mins: Canos fouls Telles on the left wing deep in Brentford’s half. Telles himself swings the set piece into the box but Ivan Toney gets to it first and bobbles the ball up for his goalkeeper to push over the crossbar!

Fernandes takes the corner but can’t beat the first man and Brentford work it clear.

Brentford 0 - 0 Man Utd

20:29 , Michael Jones

27 mins: Lovely build-up play from Man Utd allows them to work the ball through the centre of the pitch. McTominay to Fernandes who takes it to the edge of the box. Mason Greenwood is in space on the right but Fernandes’ pass is too soft and Sergi Canos boots it out play.

Brentford 0 - 0 Man Utd

20:26 , Michael Jones

24 mins: Chance! Dalot drifts inside from the right wing and receives a pass from McTominay. He decides to go for goal and hits a dipping shot towards goal. He connects well but the effort is slightly off target and Jonas Lossl watches it go wide of the target.

Leicester 1-1 Tottenham

20:24 , Michael Jones

Over at the King Power Stadium the teams have made it to half-time with the scores level. Patson Daka and Harry Kane have both scored in what is turning out to be an interesting contest between Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur.

Brentford 0 - 0 Man Utd

20:22 , Michael Jones

21 mins: Twice Bruno Fernandes attempts to chip the ball into the Brentford penalty area but put too much power on both passes. Fred collects the ball in midfield and goes on fine run through the inside right channel before attempting to slip Anthony Elanga into the centre of the box. He underhits his pass and Brentford intercept the ball before it reaches the forward.

Brentford 0 - 0 Man Utd

20:18 , Michael Jones

18 mins: Cristiano Ronaldo presses Mads Roerslev and wins the ball deep in Brentford’s half. He slots it back to Bruno Fernandes and then gets hit with a late challenge from Roerslev winning United a free kick.

Bruno Fernandes flicks the set piece into the box but Brentford deal with it well.

Brentford 0 - 0 Man Utd

20:17 , Michael Jones

15 mins: Pressure. Lots of pressure on the Man Utd backline as Brentford win consecutive corners and target the goal, Christian Norgaard has a shot deflected achingly wide of the near post before the second corner is worked behind for a goal kick. Once again Man Utd look all at seas when they’re asked to defend deep.

Brentford 0 - 0 Man Utd

20:14 , Michael Jones

12 mins: Save! Brentford should be one up! They win the ball high up the pitch and Bryan Mbeumo drives to the box. He’s tackled but the attack keeps going as Vitaly Janelt squares it across to Mathias Jensen. He fires a shot towards the near post but David De Gea sticks out a leg and keeps it out!

Leicester 1-1 Tottenham ⚽️

20:10 , Michael Jones

38 mins: Harry Kane has equalised for Tottenham! He manages to time his run into the box to perfection and stays onside as the ball gets played to him. He carries it into the area, weaves inside of Caglar Soyuncu and guides it into the back of the net off the far post. Good finish from the Spurs striker.

Brentford 0 - 0 Man Utd

20:10 , Michael Jones

9 mins: Chance! Diogo Dalot floats a diagonal ball into the box as Anthony Elanga sneaks in behind. He heads it across the six-yard box and almost picks out Cristiano Ronaldo but the ball drops over his head. Jonas Lossl comes to claim it but collides with one of his own defenders and drops the ball. Luckily for Brentford Sergi Canos beats Ronaldo to the loose ball and boots it out of play.

Brentford 0 - 0 Man Utd

20:07 , Michael Jones

6 mins: Scott McTominay receives the ball in midfield and flicks it up to Bruno Fernandes. Cristiano Ronaldo makes a run off the shoulder of Pontus Jansson and Fernandes attempts to thread the ball into the box. The Brentford captain turns back towards his own goal, matches Ronaldo’s run and intercepts the pass before the striker can take control of the ball in the box.

Brentford 0 - 0 Man Utd

20:04 , Michael Jones

3 mins: Anthony Elanga handles the ball in his own half and awards Brentford a free kick about 30-yards out from goal. Jensen floats the set piece over to the right side of the box where Ethan Pinnock wins the header and knocks it into the middle of the penalty area. Brentford have men in the box but the visitors manage to get the ball clear.

Brentford 0 - 0 Man Utd

20:02 , Michael Jones

Kick off: Manchester United get the game started. It’s passed back to Alex Telles whose ball down the left wing is sent straight out of play. Brentford put the throw in into the box it gets flicked on. Diogo Dalot tries to run it clear but Bryan Mbeumo wins the ball back and cuts it back to the edge of the box for Mathias Jensen. He snatches at a shot and pulls it wide of the goal!

Brentford vs Man Utd

19:57 , Michael Jones

Just as Leicester have taken the lead against Tottenhem the teams make their way out ontothe pitch at the Brentford Community Stadium. Kick off for this one is coming up next...

Leicester 1-0 Tottenham⚽️

19:56 , Michael Jones

23 mins: Leicester have the lead! Where has this come from. Spurs have been dominating but Patson Daka steers home to give the home side the advantage at the King Power Stadium.

Leicester 0-0 Tottenham

19:52 , Michael Jones

Spurs are taking control of the game at the King Power Stadium. They’re putting serious pressure of the Leicester defence and have won a few consective corners. The best chance came from a Harry Winks delivery that Harry Kane met inside the box with a solid header. He should score in all honesty but whacks his effort right into the crossbar!

Brentford vs Man Utd

19:50 , Michael Jones

10 minutes to go until kick off at the Brentford Community Stadium. Can Manchester United get back to winning ways or will Brentford cause an upset and collect three points of their own?

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Brentford vs Man Utd

19:47 , Michael Jones

Starting with a 5-3 loss at Leicester in September 2014, Manchester United have lost seven of their last 22 Premier League away games against promoted sides.

The Red Devils had only lost seven of their first 66 such games in the competition with 38 wins and 21 draws.

Leicester 0-0 Tottenham

19:44 , Michael Jones

Great chance for Harry Kane to open the scoring for Tottenham after he receives the ball in the box. He twists and turns his way into space and squeezes off a shot that beats Kasper Schmeichel but gets cleared off the line!

10 minutes gone at the King Power Stadium. Both team have had decent chances but the game remains goalless so far.

Brentford vs Man Utd

19:41 , Michael Jones

Bruno Fernandes could score in back-to-back matches for the first time in 11 months if he nets against Brentford tonight.

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Brentford vs Man Utd

19:38 , Michael Jones

Manchester United are one of two clubs, along with Leicester City, to have scored in all of their Premier League away games this season.

However, United have dropped points in five of their last seven away league fixtures. This directly followed their English league record run of 29 successive away matches unbeaten.

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Leicester vs Tottenham

19:35 , Michael Jones

The match at the King Power Stadium is underway having kicked off 30 minutes before Brentford vs Manchester United. Leicester have made some early forays into the Tottenham final third and Patson Daka has had a decent chance to score but the score is still 0-0 after the opening five minutes.

Brentford vs Man Utd

19:33 , Michael Jones

Brentford have conceded a league-high 21 first-half goals. They have let in the opening goal in 13 of their last 14 league matches and their last 10 Premier League goals were scored by 10 different players, including a Jamaal Lascelles own goal.

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Brentford vs Man Utd: Manchester United reject Newcastle loan bid for Jesse Lingard

19:30 , Michael Jones

Newcastle United have seen their initial bid to sign Jesse Lingard on loan from Manchester United rejected.

Lingard, whose contract is set to expire at the end of the season, is one of several players at Old Trafford eager to find regular first-team football elsewhere.

Newcastle are keen to make Lingard the third signing since the Saudi Arabia-led takeover, following the arrivals of Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood.

Manchester United reject Newcastle loan bid for Jesse Lingard

Brentford vs Man Utd: Thomas Frank on creating magic moments

19:26 , Michael Jones

Thomas Frank says that due to the quality of the Manchester United players, the Red Devils are never out of a game because they can create magic from nothing.

The Brentford manager is aiming to create a bit of magic himself by beating United tonight but he knows it won’t be an easy proposition. He said:

They are one of the biggest clubs in the world with unbelievable players. On their day they can produce magic out of nothing. Against Aston Villa, [Bruno] Fernandes created two chances out of nothing.

“When [Cristiano] Ronaldo has played, he has produced chances and goals. I don’t know if there’s a good time to play them. I am aware that they are not performing as high as the top three but, on their day, they have all the quality to do so.

“I expect us to come out with a performance. I will do my best to have a team that comes out aggressive and plays with intensity. Our fans need to be bang on it; I hope we can create another magic moment in Brentford’s history. That’s our aim.”

Brentford vs Man Utd

19:22 , Michael Jones

Manchester United’s solitary defeat in 11 matches in all competitions since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked came at home to Wolves in the Premier League on 3rd January.

The red Devils are just one short of becoming the first club to record 300 Premier League away victories.

Brentford vs Man Utd

19:19 , Michael Jones

Brentford begin this match 14th in the Premier League table on 23 points. In terms of expected goals, the Bees would be seventh in the table on 30 points.

They have however, lost four of their last five league fixtures.

The Bees are in good form at home thought, they have triumphed in three of their last four Premier League home games, having won only one of their first six at the Brentford Community Stadium.

Brentford vs Man Utd: Paul Pogba can put himself in shop window as Manchester United contract winds down, says Ralf Rangnick

19:16 , Michael Jones

Ralf Rangnick has no concerns about selecting Paul Pogba during the final months of his Manchester United contract, even if the midfielder’s only motivation to play well is to earn a deal at another club.

Pogba has entered the final six month of his current Old Trafford terms, with little progress made in discussions over a renewal and a departure on a free transfer in the summer considered likely.

The 28-year-old is yet to make an appearance under interim manager Rangnick after suffering a thigh injury while on international duty in November, though returned to full training on Monday.

Paul Pogba can put himself in shop window, says Ralf Rangnick

Brentford vs Man Utd: Head-to-head

19:12 , Michael Jones

This is the first meeting between the teams since Manchester United won a League Cup second-round tie at Old Trafford in September 1975.

Man United’s 4-1 home win in 1946 is the most recent league encounter between the two clubs and Brentford’s 2-0 home triumph in the FA Cup fifth round on 12th February 1938 is their last victory versus United.

Brentford vs Man Utd: Team changes

19:09 , Michael Jones

Thomas Frank makes four changes to the Brentford team that lost to Liverpool at the weekend. Jonas Lossl makes his Premier League debut in goal for the Bees with Masd Bech, Mathias Jensen and Sergi Canos all returning to the starting XI. Rico Henry, Kristoffer Ajer, Shandon Baptiste and Alvaro Fernandez all drop to the bench.

Cristiano Ronaldo is back for Manchester United who make just two changes. Edinson Cavani is dropped from the squad to accommodate Ronaldo with Scott McTominay preferred to Nemanja Matic who starts on the bench.

Brentford vs Man Utd: Line-ups

19:00 , Michael Jones

Brentford XI: Loosl, Pinnock, Jansson, Bech, Roerslev, Jensen, Norgaard, Janelt, Canos, Mbeunmo, Toney

Man Utd XI: De Gea, Dalot, Lindelof, Varane, Telles, Fred, McTominay, Greenwood, Fernandes, Elanga, Ronaldo

Brentford vs Man Utd: Premier League could bring in new Covid postponement rules

18:54 , Michael Jones

New rules on Covid-19 postponements in the Premier League could be in place for the first round of games in February.

Clubs are expected to meet next week, when the league is effectively on its winter break, to discuss changes to the criteria for calling a game off.

The league has begun consulting with clubs over this issue and the new regulations could apply when the English top flight resumes on 8th February.

Premier League could bring in new Covid postponement rules next month

Leicester vs Tottenham: Line-ups

18:50 , Michael Jones

Elsewhere in the Premier League tonight, Leicester City are hosting Tottenham in what is the Foxes first Premier League game od 2022.

Kasper Schmeichel, Caglar Soyuncu, Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, Luke Thomas and Patson Daka all come back into the starting XI, with James Justin returning to the bench for the first time since suffering a serious knee injury almost a year ago.

Tottenhem make three changes from the second leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final against Chelsea. Hugo Lloris replaces Pierluigi Gollini in goal, Sergio Reguilon is in for Matt Doherty and Oliver Skipp comes in for Giovani Lo Celso.

Leicester XI: Schmeichel, Albrighton, Choudhury, Vestergaard, Soyuncu, Tielemans, Dewsbury-Hall, Thomas, Maddison, Lookman, Daka.

Tottenham XI: Lloris, Royal, Tanganga, Sanchez, Davies, Reguilon, Skipp, Winks, Hojbjerg, Moura, Kane.

Brentford vs Man Utd: Recent results

18:46 , Michael Jones

Four defeats in their last five Premier League fixtures have seen Brentford slip down to 14th in the table and manager Thomas Frank will want to get his team back to winning ways.

Last time out the Bees displayed a decent defensive performance against Liverpool until Fabinho opened the scoring just before half-time. Brentford chased the game in the second 45 minutes and opened themselves up to counterattacks. Liverpool responded and won the game 3-0.

There were positives for Thomas Frank’s side though and they will feel that Manchester United don’t hold the same attacking threat as the Reds, if they can defend well again tonight, they may take something out of the game.

After a positive start under interim boss Ralf Rangnick, Manchester United have only won one of their last four league games. Last time out they surrendered a two-goal lead to Aston Villa after an inspired performance from Philippe Coutinho on his return to the Premier League.

Bruno Fernandes scored both goals in the 2-2 draw so he is back in form and with the reinforcements of Marcus Rashford and Cristiano Ronaldo United may pick up a much needed three points this evening.

They’ll need them to close the gap on the top four. West Ham (4th) are currently five points ahead of the Red Devils with Arsenal (5th) and Tottenham (6th) also vying for the Champions League places.

Brentford vs Man Utd: Aaron Wan-Bissaka set to miss two more Manchester United games

18:43 , Michael Jones

Manchester United look set to be without Aaron Wan-Bissaka until after the upcoming international break due to illness.

The defender missed Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Aston Villa and United interim boss Ralf Rangnick revealed he was also ruled out of Wednesday’s match at Brentford and would likely be unavailable for the home clash with West Ham three days later. Full story:

Aaron Wan-Bissaka set to miss two more Manchester United games

Brentford vs Man Utd: Wan-Bissaka out until February

18:40 , Michael Jones

Ralf Rangnick believes Aaron Wan-Bissaka is set to miss the Premier League matches with Brentford and West Ham United. The right-back is still absent through illness that saw him miss the 2-2 against Aston Villa at the weekend.

When asked if Wan-Bissaka might be available to play tonight Rangnick said:

No, not yet. He’s still ill, I’m afraid. He will not be available for the game tomorrow and also probably not available for the West Ham game. Hopefully, after the international break, he will be back for training.”

Brentford vs Man Utd: Thomas Frank on facing Man Utd

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Brentford manager Thomas Frank says that Manchester United have an ‘unbelievable team’ and even though they have not yet hit the heights interim boss Ralf Rangnick would like in terms of performance, the Red Devils are still a formidable team to come up against. Frank said:

Manchester United have done fine under Ralf Rangnick. We know his philosophy from his time with Red Bull Leipzig. He is trying to implement it with them and make them a more aggressive team. I don’t think they have hit their highest level when it comes to that to be fair.

“They are one of the biggest clubs in the world with unbelievable players. They could have [Cristiano] Ronaldo and [Edinson] Cavani, two of the best strikers in the world, [Bruno] Fernandes, who has been one of the best offensive players in the Premier League over the last 18 months, [Marcus] Rashford, [Mason] Greenwood, and [Jaden] Sancho, who are three young promising players for England.

“I could name the whole team. They then have [Harry] Maguire and [Raphael] Varane, who, when he was in La Liga, was one of the best centre-backs. It is an unbelievable team we are going to face”

Brentford vs Man Utd: Injuries and absentees

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Brentford are still missing six players through injury and international duty but Thomas Frank has confirmed that the Bees have no new injury concerns and can use the same squad they took to Anfield last weekend. Expect a similar looking starting XI too.

For Manchester United Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcus Rashford have both returned to training after niggling injuries and could feature tonight. Paul Pogba is close to a return as well but won’t feature for the Red Devils until after the international break.

Anthony Martial missed the game against Aston Villa but is in the travelling squad for tonight’s fixture after positive discussions with interim box Ralf Rangnick.

Brentford vs Man United latest team news

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Anthony Martial is back into the Manchester United squad tonight for the trip to Brentford and Ralf Rangnick says any animosity or concern over him being left out at the weekend is in the past.

“From my perspective, everything has been spoken about, everything has been resolved and no need to add anything on top of that,” the United manager said yesterday, without exactly retracting his post-match comments. “I nominated him before the game and he was not part of the group. You can draw your own conclusions.”

Martial has not scored since October and has just the one goal this season, amid reports he’s wanting a transfer away from Old Trafford.

The United boss has also spoken about midfielder Paul Pogba who is returning from injury and out of contract this summer - just like the manager himself.

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