Early team news for Brentford clash

Monday 03 April 2023 15:00

Manchester United will look to bounce back from the disappointing defeat to Newcastle United, when taking on in-form Brentford at Old Trafford.

The Bees have only lost once in their last 16 Premier League games, and were seconds away from a superb victory at Brighton & Hove Albion before having to settle for a point from a 3-3 draw at the weekend.

United slipped behind Newcastle in the table with our 2-0 reverse at St James' Park but the chance to get back on home turf will hopefully help Erik ten Hag's side reignite the charge for a top-four finish.

Casemiro serves the third of his four-match suspension, following the red card he received in the 0-0 draw with Southampton, and Aaron Wan-Bissaka will be assessed after an overnight illness ruled him out of the squad for the defeat on Tyneside.

Anthony Martial returned to the fold for the first time since 1 February, when coming off the bench in the second half, and went close to scoring with a shot that deflected wide. The Frenchman's availability is a boost to our attacking options, while Marcus Rashford also played, despite his recent knock in the Emirates FA Cup victory over Fulham.

Scott McTominay and Marcel Sabitzer started in midfield, although Fred did appear as a substitute, as Ten Hag prepares a plan to avenge our loss at the Brentford Community Stadium in our first away game of his reign.

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Wednesday's fixture looks set to come too soon in order for Christian Eriksen to play against his former club again, although the Denmark international does appear to be making good progress in his recovery from injury.

Tom Heaton, Alejandro Garnacho and Donny van de Beek are also going to be absent for the Reds, who named keeper Nathan Bishop on the bench in the North East, along with on-loan Jack Butland.

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Shandon Baptiste is back from a ban as the Bees look to continue their push for Europe.

The Londoners are without Keane Lewis-Potter and Kristoffer Ajer, but may be able to call upon Vitaly Janelt, who has had a knee problem.

Defender Pontus Jansson replaced Yoane Wissa as Thomas Frank opted for a back three at Brighton, a tactic he could well adopt again, while youngster Michael Olakigbe was included in a matchday squad for the first time, on the south coast.

Leading scorer Ivan Toney remains available and the England international will be a major threat in Wednesday's 20:00 BST kick-off.