Cristiano Ronaldo was handed his first competitive start for Manchester United under Erik ten Hag in Saturday's Premier League match at Brentford.
Ronaldo came off the bench but was unable to avert last weekend's opening 2-1 loss to Brighton at Old Trafford and comes in as the only alteration to that starting XI, with Scott McTominay dropping to the bench.
Josh Dasilva was Brentford's hero with a late equaliser at Leicester last time out and he comes into Thomas Frank's starting line-up.
Christian Eriksen is back at the Gtech Community Stadium in United colours following his transformative stint with the Bees last season.
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30 mins to KO: Rashford was horribly out of sorts last weekend and retains his place despite links with Paris Saint-Germain this week. It's probably a bit much to say his United career is on the line, but we do seem to be lurching near to that point.
45 mins to KO: Ronaldo coming in for Scott McTominay is Ten Hag's only alteration to last weekend's XI in terms of personnel but it will mean a change in shape, probably to the 4-3-3 United played throughout pre-season. Fred will be the lone midfield pivot behind Christian Eriksen and Bruno Fernandes, with Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho flanking Ronaldo in attack.
Brentford boss Thomas Frank has made two changes to the side that game from 2-0 down to claim a draw at Leciester on the opening weekend. Mads Roerslev is in for Vitaly Janelt and Josh Dasilva is rewarded for his late leveller with a place ahead of Yoane Wissa.— Brentford FC (@BrentfordFC) August 13, 2022
1hr to KO: The teams are in. Ronaldo starts!August 13, 2022
1hr 20 mins to KO: Are we about to see Cristiano Ronaldo's first competitive start under Ten Hag? United improved after his introduction before the hour last weekend, although that probably said as much about the paucity of their play beforehand. Anthony Martial is sidelined and the manager again insisted on Friday that Ronaldo is part of his plans.
Hard work always pays off 🙏🏽💪🏽 pic.twitter.com/kMqIpB2nfV— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) August 10, 2022
“He had a good training week. He’s had two half-games [against Rayo Vallecano in pre-season and Brighton] and for the starting XI we will see tomorrow," Ten Hag said. "I have made the decision, I keep it.”
1 hr 40 mins to KO: There was a lot to unpack from United's 2-1 defeat to Brighton at Old Trafford last weekend, and not too much of it was very pleasant for the hosts. The scoreline flattered them and it became abundantly clear that leaving Ten Hag with the bulk of the team that shambled their way through last season is not a long-term plan. He's a tactician, not a magician.
2 hrs to KO: Hello and welcome to our live coverage of Brentford vs. Manchester United. After stumbling false start last weekend, is this the day the Erik Ten Hag era starts moving in the right direction?
Brentford vs. Manchester United predicted lineups
Thomas Frank did not report any injuries after his side secured their first point of the campaign thanks to a mentality the Brentford manager hailed as "crazy".
Frank is likely to be considering starting DaSilva following his impact as a substitute against Leicester. Record signing Keane Lewis-Potter, who arrived for £16 million from Hull in the summer and was introduced four minutes before Brentford's first goal of the season, could also be in contention.
Brentford predicted lineup (4-3-3): Raya (GK) — Hickey, Jansson, Mee, Henry — DaSilva, Norgaard, Janelt — Mbuemo, Toney, Lewis-Potter
Brentford subs (9): Strakosha (GK), Sorensen, Roerslev, Stevens, Jensen, Onyeka, Baptiste, Wissa, Dervisoglu
Ten Hag will surely be tempted to shuffle his pack after United's latest poor display against Brighton, although he could still be without Anthony Martial, who missed the match through a hamstring injury.
Cristiano Ronaldo is engaged in a much-publicised stand-off with United as he targets a move to a Champions League side. The 37 minutes the Portugal captain completed as a substitute against the Seagulls were almost as many as he played throughout preseason, but Ten Hag was understandably ready to turn to the 2021/22 top scorer as his side sought a way back in to the game.
United are negotiating with Juventus to sign Adrien Rabiot, who could be set for his debut if he joins a team with painfully evident weaknesses in midfield.
Man United predicted lineup (4-3-3): De Gea (GK) — Dalot, Maguire, Martinez, Shaw— Eriksen, Fred, Fernandes — Sancho, Ronaldo, Rashford
Man United subs (9): Heaton (GK), Malacia, Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Garner, McTominay, Van de Beek, Garnacho, Elanga
What time is Brentford vs. Manchester United?
Brentford play host to Manchester United at the Gtech Community Stadium in London, UK. It kicks off at 5.30 p.m. BST on Saturday, August 13.
|Date||Saturday, August 13||Saturday, August 13||Saturday, August 13||Sunday, August 14|
|Time||17:30 BST||12:30 ET||12:30 ET||02:30 AET|
Brentford vs. Manchester United TV channel, live stream
|TV channel||Sky Sports Main Event,
Sky Sports Premier League,
Sky Ultra HD
USA Network, Universo
|Streaming||Sky Go / Now TV||fuboTV||Optus Sport|
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