Amidst troubling times for both squads, Brentford’s head coach, Thomas Frank, deliberates on the opportune moment to face a beleaguered Manchester United side.
The Red Devils have recently registered a stinging 3-2 loss at the hands of Galatasaray in the Champions League, marking it their sixth defeat in the past 10 fixtures in all tournaments. Such a tumultuous start hasn’t been witnessed at Old Trafford in close to four decades.
Despite establishing a lead twice, thanks to goals by Rasmus Hojlund, Manchester United eventually let in three, making their Champions League journey fraught with difficulties.
Adding to their woes is a spate of injuries and an overall lack of form, and this Saturday they host Brentford. Frank acknowledges the heightened expectations on United but is also acutely aware of the challenge lying in wait for his squad, especially considering Brentford’s track record at Old Trafford – no victories since 1937.
Frank elucidated, “The flipside is that they need to bounce back and come flying out to do everything they can to beat us. There will be pressure to beat Brentford but Man United is a massive club, the pressure is there to win every game. I don’t think it makes a difference that they haven’t played that well. I am always in doubt when you meet a team with great form and momentum, whether it’s bad or will that run end? It’s a great club, great team, great manager and fantastic players. A big challenge but we look forward to it and we’ll go there believing we can get something out of it.”
The Bees, however, aren’t without their own set of challenges. Their Premier League journey this season has seen them clinch just a singular win. Their recent match against Nottingham Forest bore no fruits, even though their opponents were down a man for over half an hour.
Ivan Toney, a pivotal player for Brentford, remains sidelined, currently serving a hefty suspension due to violations of the FA’s betting guidelines. For their upcoming clash at Old Trafford, they’ll also have to make do without the services of key players such as Rico Henry, Kevin Schade, Ben Mee, Josh Dasilva, Mikkel Damsgaard, and Shandon Baptiste.