Ralf Rangnick oversees his last game at Old Trafford when Manchester United host Brentford tonight.
With the season fizzling out and many of the club’s players potentially appearing at Old Trafford for the last time, the interim coach springs only one surprise in his starting lineup.
Juan Mata is handed his fist Premier League start of the season and partners Cristiano Ronaldo in attack. Edinson Cavani and Fred, meanwhile, are fit enough to return to the bench and join Jesse Lingard there.
For Brentford, it’s the same old suspects with Christian Eriksen and Ivan Toney leading the line. One of the Premier League’s form teams as things stand, Thomas Frank’s side could well pile more misery on a hapless United.
Prior to the game, club legend Roy Keane told Sky Sports losing to Brentford at home would be “rock bottom” for United. Based on current form, it’s hard to discount them from hitting it.
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A familiar back three for Thomas Frank
Jansson, Ajer and Bech are selected as the CBs in a three-man defence with Roerslev and Henry as wing-backs.
Ralf Rangnick explains the decision to play Juan Mata
“He [Mata] was very good in training, when he came on against Chelsea he also showed a good performance, he deserves to be in the team. I decided to play him in the centre of midfield and Bruno [Fernandes] a little bit from the left.”
Roy Keane scathing over Manchester United
A rare start for Juan Mata
Juan Mata makes his first start of the Premier League season, in what could be his last game at Old Trafford.
Edinson Cavani, meanwhile, returns to the bench.
Confirmed Man United lineup
Confirmed Brentford lineup
Christian Eriksen: A game-changer
Could Brentford lose Ivan Toney this summer?
Ray Parlour has urged Arsenal to fly under the radar this summer with a bid for Brentford striker Ivan Toney.
The Gunners are on the look out for a new forward, possibly two, after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang left in January and with both Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah out of contract.
While the likes of Gabriel Jesus and Tammy Abraham are reportedly targets, former Arsenal star Parlour has reasoned why 14-goal Toney could prove a better option.
He told talkSPORT: “The strikers they’ll be looking at, they’ll also be looking at the other clubs interested in those strikers.
A positive omen for Brentford, perhaps?
- 1 Man United vs Brentford latest news
- 1.1 Live updates
- 1.2 A familiar back three for Thomas Frank
- 1.3 Ralf Rangnick explains the decision to play Juan Mata
- 1.4 Roy Keane scathing over Manchester United
- 1.5 A rare start for Juan Mata
- 1.6 Confirmed Man United lineup
- 1.7 Confirmed Brentford lineup
- 1.8 Christian Eriksen: A game-changer
- 1.9 Could Brentford lose Ivan Toney this summer?
- 1.10 A positive omen for Brentford, perhaps?