It’s been a quiet week. United have played ten games in five weeks and seven in three recently, so the break has been welcome. We head to Brentford on Saturday, not Monday, as it was in the not so distant past (five days ago) hoping to get well and truly ‘back on track’, not that the season has derailed.
Your local press demands transfers, for clicks, but I don’t buy the ever lengthening list of alleged ‘targets’ that they churn out. Rafa will only bring in players that will improve the side, I’m not sure many of the players the press are linking will do that. We’ll see.
After a bright start (they were 5th when they travelled to SJP in October) Brentford have slipped to fourteenth and I would say are a very typical ‘Championship side’ in that they’re inconsistent but capable of beating anyone. Notably they smashed PNE five nil at their place and are the only other side than ourselves to beat Brighton this season. They also lost at home to Barnsley and five nil themselves at struggling Norwich. A mixed bag.
Brentford have won once at home since September (besides a comfortable home win last weekend in the cup against non-league opposition) which is poor. Their away form is better and last time out they picked up a notable win at Birmingham despite being a goal down. Winning (or even drawing) games when going behind is something United need to sort and fast. The performance up until the 75th minute at Blackburn was good, as soon as we go behind, we look less likely to score, which doesn’t make sense but it’s true. I don’t want United to go behind in any game but unless we learnt to take things from games in which we conceded first, we could jeopardise promotion.
Promotion is still very much on and I believe United will get back to winning ways this Saturday in West London. Perez should come back in and play behind Gayle. Gayle should be well rested after not playing in the cup so let’s hope he’s back to his best. It’s Shelvey’s last game out of the side (yaaaas) so it’ll likely be Colback and Hayden in the middle. Colback’s confidence is absolutely shot and his form a worry. I back him and he managed to get him back playing well.
I’d like to see Yedlin start ahead of Anita. Darlow will be back in goal. Scott Hogan is Brentford’s top scorer with fourteen goals and has been heavily linked with West Ham this week. Hopefully he’ll have been sold before Saturday as he’s scored almost 50% of his sides goals.
A win would set us up really nicely for three home league games in a row. Time to start another run. Come on United.
Prediction 3 0 United
ALEX HURST – Follow Alex on @tfalex1892
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