Manchester United vs BrentfordEnglish Premier League, KO: 15:00 Oct 7, 2023, Old Trafford
MANCHESTER UNITED have lurched from one crisit to another this season and they host Brentford on Saturday in what is now surely a must-win game for beleaguered manager Erik ten Hag.
United go into the weekend fixtures in a lowly tenth place after a dismal record of four defeats out of their opening seven league games and six overall.
Already they are languishing nine points behind champions and leaders Manchester City and the club appear to be in disarray on and off the pitch.
A midweek defeat to Galatasaray in the Champions League made matters worse especially after leading twice and although the Dutcha coach has received assurances reportedly from the club's board, you wonder how long this farce can continue for a club like United.
A long injury list including Mason Mount, Luke Shaw, Tyrell Malacia and Sergio Reguilon can be used as an excuse but he appears to have lost the fans.
Brentford are just about the last team you want to play when you need a win although the Bees have only won one league game this season themselves.
They have drawn four of their seven league games, but you can be sure they will be out to taste blood at a restless Old Trafford.
How the bookies view it
Recent head to heads
Brentford really announced themselves in the Premier League last season with a 4-0 win over United back in August.
United did get a measure of revenge though with a 1-0 win in April.
Brentford haven't won at Old Trafford since 1937.
Players to watch
Rasmus Hojlund showed what he can do with a double against Galatasaray in midweek although it was ultimately in vain. The Dane is 7/4 to score anytime with UniBet.
Bryan Mbeumo has taken up the main striker's role from the suspended Ivan Toney and he has scored four goals this season for Brentford. He is 11/4 to score anytime with bet365.
Anything else catch the eye?
You genuinely couldn't back Manchester United to win a game of tiddlywinks at the moment and certainly not at odds-on against anyone.
Yes, they might somehow click and you would think with the squad they have, they must surely improve, but Brentford love a bloody nose and the call here is the London club on the double chance at 6/5 with William Hill.
Brentford lost 1-0 to both Arsenal and Newcastle who are better than United on current form. They could really frustrate the hosts here and they can keep this tight. Go for a half time draw at 6/4 with 888sport.
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