Manchester United meet Brentford in a crucial Premier League clash at Old Trafford between two inconsistent teams.
Victory will see Man Utd climb to ninth with Crystal Palace not in action until teatime, whilst Brentford can go tenth with a win if Chelsea and Fulham both fail to win elsewhere.
Sergio Reguilon could return for Man Utd after he missed their last three matches with a hamstring injury.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka (hamstring), Lisandro Martinez (foot), Luke Shaw (muscle), Kobble Mainoo (ankle), Jadon Sancho (personal), Tyrell Malacia and Amad Diallo (both knee) remain sidelined.
Brentford have no fresh injury concerns to report after their 1-1 draw at Nottingham Forest last weekend.
Mikkel Damsgaard, Rico Henry (both knee), Ben Mee (muscle), Shandon Baptiste (shoulder), Josh Dasilva (hamstring), Kevin Schade (adductor) and Ivan Toney (suspnesion) remain absent.
When is Kick-Off?
Man Utd face Brentford at 3pm BST on Saturday 7 October at Old Trafford, untelevised live in the UK.
- Man Utd have won three of four previous Premier League meetings against Brentford (W3, L1).
- Brentford have lost each of their two previous Premier League visits to Old Trafford (L2), without scoring.
- Utd have scored first in each of their three previous Premier League wins over Brentford.
- Erik ten Hag’s Red Devils are yet to score from a free kick in the Premier League this season.
- Yoane Wissa has been caught offside on more occasions than any other Brentford player (5).
With Man Utd, it seems to be one step forward and two steps backwards because their defending has been poor in their last two games, which showed in their midweek Champions League defeat to Galatarasay, where they couldn’t keep the lead twice and deserved to lose.
Their attack though was a complete opposite because it was aggressive yet effective and clinical, amidst some moments of poor decision making which also contributed to their eventual loss so improvement is needed if they want to get a win here.
Brentford meanwhile can’t afford to play like they did in the first half at Forest because they frankly looked second-best and lucky to still be in the game, especially by the time they took the lead but you just knew that Forest would equalise from a poor moment of marking.
This game therefore is either going to be a fairly dull contest with both teams trying not to expose their defences, or an entertaining encounter packed with attacking opportunities but I can see it being a middle game with Brentford getting a first Premier League goal at Old Trafford.
Prediction: Manchester United 1-1 Brentford
Result: Manchester United 2-1 Brentford