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Liverpool and Manchester United transfer target Ousmane Dembele is set to leave Barcelona in January

Barcelona striker Ousmane Dembele will leave Barcelona in January, according to a report. (Author: Gardener)

Ousmane DembeleBarcelona striker Ousmane Dembele will leave Barcelona in January, according to a report. Barcelona striker Ousmane Dembele is set to leave the club in January, according to a report. The player, who is off contract with the Catalan club in the summer, could leave on a free transfer in a couple of months and has been linked with Premier League giants Liverpool and Manchester United. Negotiations between Barcelona and the 24-year-old and his representatives have been ongoing for some time but now the club seems to have made a decision on his future. As reported by Fabrizio Romano, Barcelona director Mateu Alemany said Dembele no longer wants to be part of the club's project and needs to leave before the January transfer window closes. Barça-Dembélé, it's over Barcelona director Alemany announces: "It is clear that Dembélé does NOT want to continue with Barcelona. This is certainly an interesting development after weeks of speculation about Dembele's future. The France international has the potential to be among the best players in the world but simply hasn't played at Barcelona in his injury-interrupted career in Spain. A discount to get the player six months early now seems on the cards, but despite Jurgen Klopp's admiration for the player, his injury record and wage demands could put Liverpool out of the running. With Kylian Mbappe set to join Real Madrid in the summer, it wouldn't be a surprise if PSG choose Dembele as his replacement.

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Watch: Brentford 1-3 Manchester United

Manchester United emerged victorious 3-1 at the Brentford Community Stadium and you can watch the highlights of the game here. (Author: Gardener)

Manchester UnitedManchester United emerged victorious 3-1 at the Brentford Community Stadium and you can watch the highlights of the game here. Manchester United emerged victorious 3-1 at the Brentford Community Stadium and you can watch the highlights of the game here. Here are the confirmed line-ups: Manchester United travel to Brentford on Wednesday to get back to winning ways in a Premier League clash and we can bring you the confirmed line-ups. Brentford have lost four of their last five games under Thomas Frank, losing 3-0 to Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday. They are currently sitting in a comfortable position, ten points above the relegation zone but will be looking to pick up more points to ensure safety.

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Cristiano Ronaldo's Brentford strop tests Ralf Rangnick and the harmony at Manchester United

Cristiano Ronaldo was visibly angry when his manager picked him up at the Brentford Community Stadium on Wednesday night after he questioned the attitude of United's young players just this week (Author: Gardener)

Cristiano Ronaldo'sWhile the Manchester United players celebrated Marcus Rashford's goal and Cristiano Ronaldo continued to look rather sullen, Ralph Rangnick felt he should have a little chat with his leading man. "I understand you're ambitious and you want more goals," the German told Ronaldo, "but maybe you'll realize that in a few years when you're head coach." Rangnick offered them himself after the game. With all the troubles United's caretaker manager had in his first two months, his outspokenness is appreciated. Rangnick has already made some open assessments of the players to the hierarchy above him. Immediately after the 3-1 win over Brentford, some personalities in the United dressing room wondered if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would have been so open with and about the club's biggest star. Rangnick said after the game there was "no problem" with Ronaldo and, as with most of his press conferences, it was hard not to take it at face value. It's not just because the United manager cleverly killed it off as an issue. Aware they threw away a 2-0 lead against Aston Villa just days before, he wanted to finish the game and make United safer. That meant removing the player who runs the least but also came from injury. Rangnick pointed out that Ronaldo had missed the last two games and he wanted guaranteed legs. Then there's the way everyone now knows that's part of the package with Ronaldo. He's one of the greatest of all time, yes, but he can also be one of the greatest prima donnas. It's generally nothing serious and usually just a sign of the drive that has made him the player he is. But it is more interesting how things will continue, not least in view of the dynamics of this team. Ronaldo and his many defenders would argue that goals from Anthony Elanga, Mason Greenwood and Rashford show just the positive impact he can have. Others might point out that Ronaldo is very visibly sulking and the only United figure not smiling is symbolic, while everyone else celebrated Rashford's first goal since October. A truly lucky moment for the striker and the side were marred by the big star's unhappy look. After all the discussions over the past week, Ronaldo has acted like the kid as the younger players have taken on all the responsibilities. Had any of those players thrown the kind of strop Ronaldo did, it would have been derided as an example of what the Portuguese criticized last week. Ronaldo isn't quite the caricature he's occasionally portrayed as. He can obviously be a hugely positive influence on younger teammates and often sets a good example on his own. Of course, when you have a star who can pull off such feats, it inspires others to raise their standards. Ronaldo just has this aura. Ronaldo can be hugely motivating in a much more encouraging way - but especially in the right environment. Then he feels admired by his teammates when he knows they look up to him. That's exactly what he gets with Portugal, where he's pretty much considered a god. So much of what is happening around the team serves it. It's the most extreme example of what has become the standard in his career, going back to the last two seasons in his early days at United... until now. Some of his younger team-mates might have been in awe of Ronaldo when he first returned, but that has faded. The youngster expected to be used much more in the center this season until he became a main striker. Ronaldo hindered that. And Greenwood isn't the kind of character who feels subservient to anyone. Such feelings transcend him, however, which is why last week's interview was so poignant. It reflected and revealed problems within the squad. Ironically, some of the staff around these young players were happy with what Ronaldo said. They felt it was necessary. Ultimately, when he's in a club, it's all about him. It brings many benefits, especially in terms of goals. It also raises questions about what's next and the development of some of these young players alongside him. Can these players actually rise to peak performances there with Ronaldo? Will it be a bit like a young Ronaldo himself and Wayne Rooney with Ruud van Nistelrooy in 2006? The hope for United is that everyone responds as productively - including the Portuguese star. It might just need a few more words from Rangnick.

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Cristiano Ronaldo's exit warning for Manchester United

Arsenal have reportedly received a Saudi Arabian offer for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. (Author: Gardener)

Cristiano Ronaldo'sLOS ANGELES (AP) - Caris LeVert scored a franchise-record 22 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter, Malcolm Brogdon added 19 and the Indiana Pacers upped the pressure on Lakers coach Frank Vogel with a 111-104 win over Los Angeles on Wednesday evening . Domantas Sabonis had 20 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in his 17th career triple-double for the Pacers, who broke a four-game losing streak with just their second win in 12 games.

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Expert reveals English Premier League selection for January 19

Jon Eimer shared his Premier League picks and best bets for Brentford vs Manchester United on Wednesday (Author: Gardener)

Premier LeagueIt should be an exciting clash between teams trying to recover when Brentford host Manchester United in the English Premier League on Wednesday. These sides have not met in a league game since 1947 and that game was postponed to December 14. Manchester United (9-5-6) come out on Saturday with a frustrating 2-2 draw against Aston Villa after a goal advantage after 75 minutes. Caesars Sportsbook lists United on the 90-minute moneyline in its latest Brentford vs. Manchester United odds as the -127 favorites (at a $127 risk to win $100), with Brentford the underdog at +370 . A tie is rated at +260 and the over-under for the total number of goals scored is set at 2.5. Before making a Manchester United vs Brentford selection or English Premier League prediction, you need to see what proven football expert Jon Eimer has to say. The Indiana-based handicapper has amassed a winning record of 260-133-1 across multiple platforms over the past two months with over 90 wins for his community. Now Eimer has broken down Man U vs Brentford from every angle, laying down his coveted picks and EPL predictions. You can head over to SportsLine to see Eimer's Premier League picks. Here are the betting lines and trends for Brentford vs. *MAN: is fourth in EPL shot-creating actions (75) The Red Devils have been trying to find some consistency all season but they still have the scoring potential to beat every team in the league. Bruno Fernandes scored twice in Saturday's game in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo and has scored seven goals this season. Man U will be furious after giving up that two-goal lead in the last 15 minutes. Ronaldo is expected to be back from his hip injury for this game and he has eight league goals. Mason Greenwood (four goals) is also a key piece for an attacking force that has scored 32 goals, sixth-most in the EPL. The Bees (45.3) have the sixth lowest possession in the EPL. United have a total of 50 more shots and 20 more on target this season. They started with a 2-0 win over Arsenal and also played against heavyweight Liverpool to a 3-3 draw. They beat West Ham 2-1 earlier in the season and lost 1-0 to Chelsea and Manchester City. While they lost 3-0 to Liverpool, four of their six wins have come at their home ground. They're trying to put things right after losing five of their last seven games in all competitions, but three of those losses have gone to the top three teams in the league. Ivan Toney (four goals) and Bryan Mbeumo (three) are capable goalscorers and Man U are struggling in defence. They have scored 29 goals, have a goal difference of just plus 3 and have conceded the third most shots on target in the Premier League. Eimer has scrutinized Manchester United vs Brentford from all angles and he's hunching over the overall goal. He only shares his expert EPL picks at SportsLine. So who will win Manchester United vs. Visit SportsLine now to see the best Manchester United vs Brentford bets, all from the football expert who has racked up over 90 winning units in the last two months and find out.

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Premier League result, full time standings and reaction tonight

Follow all the action at Brentford Community Stadium as the Red Devils look to get back into the top six (Author: Gardener)

tonightManchester United are looking to get back to winning ways in Brentford on Wednesday night as their Champions League hopes for next season have been severely hampered by a poor form that has yielded just one league win in their last four games. That leaves Ralf Rangnick's team five points behind West Ham in fourth place, while Arsenal and Tottenham are also above the Red Devils in the table. Brentford, meanwhile, have lost four of their last five games and have slipped to 14th place. The good start to the season they managed is certainly a long way off but injuries have hit their smaller squad hard and Thomas Frank and the rest of the club would no doubt consider surviving this season a great achievement. The Bees can move up to 10th if they win tonight and Leicester lose to Tottenham - a game that will also affect how high United could climb with a win of their own. Follow all the live updates and game action below as Brentford host Manchester United: * 54' - Great control and finish from Elanga put United ahead after the hosts spurned several big chances. * 62' - Greenwood doubles the visitors' lead after Fernandes ran deep * 77' - Rashford takes the points off the bench by shooting high past Lossl. Manchester United take three important points from their trip to London. 90+2 mins: There's no desire to get off Manchester United, pretty much everyone plays behind the ball, they desperately don't want to concede again. 90 mins: Baptiste puts a Brentford free-kick into the box but Dalot gets ahead of Pinnock and heads him in for a throw-in. Bech's long throw into the penalty area is then cleared by substitute Nemanja Matic. There are four minutes of stoppage time. 88 mins: Diogo Dalot concedes a corner for Man Utd Bryan Mbeumo takes it for Brentford and picks Ethan Pinnock. He wins the header but the ball lacks pace and he loops nicely for David De Gea to pick from the air. Brentford is running out of time. 85 mins: Is this a lifeline for Brentford? The Bees swing a free-kick into the box and United fail to clear it. Pinnock keeps the attack alive and sends a square ball into the six yard box. He flies past Harry Maguire and hits Mathias Jensen before falling on Ivan Toney. He toes it back towards goal and doesn't give David De Gea a chance to parry it. 80 mins: With 10 minutes to go, Brentford are trying to take the momentum away from the visitors. The standard piece is panned into the box but Fernandes wins the first ball and heads it into the back of the box. Toney collects the loose ball and tries to set up a shot from outside the box but McTominay is quick out to take out the threat. McTominay wins the ball in midfield and then shrugs off two tackles before powering up the pitch. He feeds the ball to Fernandes, who carries it to the box and then puts it down to Rashford. He only has to beat the keeper and shoots a right footed shot past Lossl to give United an unassailable lead. 76 minutes: Mads Roerslev lobs a cross to the far post, but Dalot has it covered and hits the ball out of the box. Brentford regains the ball and attacks on the left. A pass comes to Ivan Toney, who takes the shot but is blocked by Varane in the box. 73 mins: United are now down a back three with Maguire, Varane and Lindelof. Ralf Rangnick apparently does not want to give up another two-goal lead. Telles swings a free-kick into the box for the visitors but is unable to choose a team-mate and Brentford works it away. 70 mins: Ralf Rangnick makes a double substitution for Manchester United, with Marcus Rashford and Harry Maguire replacing Mason Greenwood and Cristiano Ronaldo. This second change has not gone down well with United fans. 90+7 minutes: Serious carnage at King Power Stadium! Steven Bergwijn equalizes again for Spurs before winning the game for the visitors in added time! 65 mins: Shandon Baptiste and Rico Henry came on for Brentford, with Sergi Canos and Vitaly Janelt replacing the two men. Bruno Fernandes lobs a pass into the box for Ronaldo, who collides with one of the Brentford centre-backs and goes down in a bunch of theatrics. Reckless Man Utd stuff. Scott McTominay wins the ball in the middle of the field and passes to Cristiano Ronaldo. He slides the ball past Brentford's defense while Bruno Fernandes charges through the lines. He collects the ball drives into the box and squares it to Mason Greenwood for a tap-in. 60 mins: It will be interesting to see how Brentford play this now. Scott McTominay drives forward for the guests and shoots from long range. It rebounds just in front of Lossl, who spins it past the right post. Fernandes swings the resulting corner into the box for Man Utd but Brentford flicks the ball back onto the pitch. Man Utd's patient build-up sees them again slowly work the ball into Brentford's final third. It comes to Fred, who flicks the ball into the penalty area from the left to match Anthony Elanga's run. The teenager gets to the ball before Jonas Lossl, flicks it up and then heads it past the jailer to give Manchester United the lead! 51 min: The game is very open at the moment. Mason Greenwood puts the ball in the box and then hands it to Ronaldo. He is dispossessed almost immediately and Brentford works it back on Mbeumo. The forward turns towards United's box and takes on Alex Telles, who is a bit too energetic with his tackle and brings the Brentford man down. With less than 15 minutes to go at the King Power Stadium, Leicester have regained the lead. James Maddison ends up getting a nice pass from Harvey Barnes and firing a deflected shot home from the post! 48 mins: Man Utd plays the corner briefly before handing the ball to Fernandes down the right. He swims a cross to the back post where Ronaldo wins the header and hits it on the bar! Brentford then counters from another United corner. It's poor from United who only have one defender left when the ball comes at Mbeumo. He sprints towards the penalty area before passing the ball to Jensen. Kick-off: Brentford gets the game going again but United wins the ball early. Ronaldo whips a cross into the box but Pinnock heads it clear. The guests retrieve the ball and push it back to Ronaldo. He runs into the right side of the box and takes a shot that is deflected to the corner. Nothing to set the teams apart in terms of scoring, but Brentford had more shots (8) with three on target than United (4) without. An hour has passed at King Power Stadium and the scores are still tied. James Maddison sends a free-kick into the Tottenham box and the clearance comes to Youri Tielemans. 45+2 minutes: The game goes into the break, the game is still goalless. For all of United's star power, they couldn't create any real chances in front of goal. David De Gea rose again to save United and keep them in the game. 45 minutes: Two minutes of stoppage time before halftime. 42 mins: Pontus Jansson wins the ball and shoots it long to Mbeumo. Fernandes sprints back to help and the visitors force Brentford to retreat with the ball. 39 mins: Alex Telles challenges an aerial ball and knocks it out for a throw-in but lands clumsily. He's off for treatment when Mads Bech Sorensen throws another long throw into the United box but Greenwood heads it clear. Brentford recovers the ball quickly, but the pass back into the box isn't great and goes behind for the goal kick. 36 mins: United press high on the pitch and lash crosses into the box from either end but fail to pick anyone in the middle. A clearance falls on Fred, who blasts one out of range and his efforts out of range are blocked before Brentford finally eliminates the threat. A brilliant counterattack from Brentford sees them bursting down the right before firing a diagonal ball at Toney on the left. Toney takes it into the box and shoves a pass to Jensen. He opens up to lead a shot to the left of De Gea but the United keeper gets a leg to the ball again to deny Brentford an opener! 30 mins: Canos fouls Telles on the left wing deep in Brentford's half. Telles swings the set piece into the box himself, but Ivan Toney is there first and flicks the ball up for his keeper to put it over the bar! Fernandes takes the corner but can't beat the first man and Brentford works it clear. 27 mins: A lovely build-up play from Man Utd allows them to work the ball through the center of the pitch. McTominay to Fernandes, who brings it to the edge of the box. Mason Greenwood is in the space on the right, but Fernandes' pass is too soft and Sergi Canos puts him out of the game. Dalot drifts in from the right wing and receives a pass from McTominay. Over at King Power Stadium, the teams went into halftime on a score. Patson Daka and Harry Kane both scored in a thrilling clash between Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur. 21 mins: Twice Bruno Fernandes tries to put the ball into the Brentford box but uses too much power on both passes. Fred collects the ball in midfield and runs well down the inside right channel before attempting to shove Anthony Elanga into the center of the box. He embezzles his pass and Brentford intercepts the ball before it reaches the striker. 18 mins: Cristiano Ronaldo squeezes Mads Roerslev and wins the ball deep in Brentford's half. He shoves it back to Bruno Fernandes and is then met by a late challenge from Roerslev who gives United a free-kick. Bruno Fernandes flicks the set piece into the box but Brentford handles it well. Brentford puts plenty of pressure on Man Utd's back line as Brentford wins consecutive corners and takes aim on goal Christian Norgaard painfully deflects a shot off the near post before processing the second corner for a goal kick. Once again, Man Utd look to the seas when called upon to defend deep. They win the ball high up on the pitch and Bryan Mbeumo drives to the penalty area. He puts in a shot at the near post but David De Gea stretches a leg out and blocks it! 38 minutes: Harry Kane equalized for Tottenham! He manages to time his run into the box perfectly and stays on the side when the ball is passed to him. Diogo Dalot levitates a diagonal ball into the box while Anthony Elanga sneaks up. He heads it over the six yard box and almost takes out Cristiano Ronaldo but the ball falls over his head. Jonas Lossl comes to get him but collides with one of his own defenders and drops the ball. Luckily for Brentford, Sergi Canos punches Ronaldo at the loose ball and knocks him out of the game. 6 mins: Scott McTominay receives the ball in midfield and flicks it up to Bruno Fernandes. Cristiano Ronaldo runs over Pontus Jansson's shoulder and Fernandes tries to thread the ball into the box. The Brentford captain pivots back towards his own goal, adapting to Ronaldo's run and intercepting the pass before the striker can control the ball in the box. 3 mins: Anthony Elanga handles the ball in his own half and awards Brentford a free-kick about 30 yards from goal. Jensen floats the set piece to the right side of the box where Ethan Pinnock wins the header and hits it in the middle of the box. Brentford have men in the box but the visitors manage to clear the ball. Kick-off: Manchester United let the game begin. It's returned to Alex Telles, whose ball is sent straight out of play down the left wing. Brentford puts the throw-in in the box where it's flicked. Diogo Dalot tries to make it clear but Bryan Mbeumo regains the ball and slices it back to the edge of the box for Mathias Jensen. Just as Leicester have taken the lead against Tottenhem, the teams take to the pitch at the Brentford Community Stadium. 23 minutes: Leicester take the lead! Spurs dominated but Patson Daka heads home to give the home side the advantage at King Power Stadium. Spurs take control of the game at King Power Stadium. The best chance came from a delivery from Harry Winks, which Harry Kane found in the penalty area with a solid header. 10 minutes until kick-off at Brentford Community Stadium. Can Manchester United get back to winning ways or will Brentford surprise and take three points of their own? Starting with a 5-3 defeat at Leicester in September 2014, Manchester United have lost seven of their last 22 away Premier League games to promoted teams. The Red Devils had lost just seven of their first 66 games in the competition, with 38 wins and 21 draws. Great chance for Harry Kane to open the scoring for Tottenham after receiving the ball in the penalty area. He twists and turns into space and pulls off a shot that hits Kasper Schmeichel but is cleared off the line! 10 minutes passed at King Power Stadium. Both teams had good chances, but the game remains goalless so far. Bruno Fernandes could score in consecutive games for the first time in 11 months if he scores against Brentford tonight. Manchester United are one of two clubs, along with Leicester City, to have scored in all Premier League away games this season. However, United have dropped points in five of their last seven away games in the league. This followed directly on their record streak in the English league of 29 consecutive away unbeaten matches. The game is underway at King Power Stadium and kicked off 30 minutes before Brentford vs Manchester United. Leicester made some early forays into Tottenham's last third and Patson Daka had a good scoring opportunity but the score is still 0-0 after the first five minutes. Brentford have conceded 21 goals in the first half, which is high in the league are. They have conceded the first goal in 13 of their last 14 league games and their last 10 Premier League goals have been scored by 10 different players, including an own goal by Jamaal Lascelles. Lingard, whose contract expires at the end of the season, is one of a number of players at Old Trafford keen to find regular first-team football elsewhere. Thomas Frank says the quality of Manchester United's players means the Red Devils are never out of the game because they can conjure out of thin air. The Brentford manager is looking to create some magic himself by beating United tonight, but he knows it won't be an easy feat. Manchester United's only defeat in 11 games in all competitions since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked came at home to Wolves in the Premier League on January 3. The Red Devils are just a step away from becoming the first club to record 300 away wins in the Premier League. Brentford start this game 14th in the Premier League table with 23 points. In terms of expected goals, the Bees would sit seventh in the table with 30 points. The Bees are in good form at home, having won three of their last four home Premier League games and winning just one of the top six at Brentford Community Stadium. Ralf Rangnick has no qualms about picking Paul Pogba in the final months of his Manchester United contract, even if the midfielder's only motivation to play well is to secure a deal at another club. Pogba has entered the final six months of his current tenure at Old Trafford, with little progress in talks of an extension and exit on a free summer transfer. The 28-year-old is yet to play under caretaker manager Rangnick after suffering a hamstring injury on international duty in November but returned to full training on Monday. This is the first meeting between the sides since Manchester United won a second-round tie at Old Trafford in September 1975. Man United's 4-1 home win in 1946 is the most recent league encounter between the two clubs and Brentford's 2-0 home win in the FA Cup fifth round on 12 February 1938 is their last win against United. Thomas Frank makes four changes to the Brentford side who lost to Liverpool at the weekend. Jonas Lossl makes his Premier League debut in goal for the Bees, with Masd Bech, Mathias Jensen and Sergi Canos all returning to the starting XI. Cristiano Ronaldo returns for Manchester United who make just two changes. Edinson Cavani is dropped from the squad to accommodate Ronaldo, with Scott McTominay favored over Nemanja Matic, who starts on the bench. New rules on Covid-19 postponements in the Premier League could apply to the first round of games in February. The clubs are expected to meet next week, when the league is effectively on the winter break, to discuss changes to the criteria for abandoning a game. The Premier League could introduce new Covid postponement rules next month. Elsewhere in the Premier League, tonight Leicester City host Tottenham in the Foxes' first Premier League game of 2022. Kasper Schmeichel, Caglar Soyuncu, Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, Luke Thomas and Patson Daka all return to the starting XI, with James Justin returns to the bench for the first time since suffering a serious knee injury nearly a year ago. Four defeats in their last five Premier League games have seen Brentford slip to 14th in the table and manager Thomas Frank will be looking to get his side back on track. Last time out, the Bees put in a decent defensive display against Liverpool until Fabinho scored just before half-time. Brentford chased the game into the second 45 minutes, opening up for counterattacks. However, there have been positive results for Thomas Frank's side and they will feel that Manchester United don't have the same attacking threat as the Reds. If they can defend well again tonight, they can take something out of the game. After a positive start under interim boss Ralf Rangnick, Manchester United have won just one of their last four league games. Last time out, they gave Aston Villa a two-goal lead after an inspired performance from Philippe Coutinho on his Premier League return. Bruno Fernandes scored both goals in the 2-2 draw so is back on form and with the reinforcements of Marcus Rashford and Cristiano Ronaldo United tonight he can grab a much-needed three points. West Ham (4th) are currently five points ahead of the Red Devils, while Arsenal (5th) and Tottenham (6th) are also in contention for Champions League spots. Manchester United will be without Aaron Wan-Bissaka through illness until after the international break. The defender missed Saturday's 2-2 draw with Aston Villa and United interim boss Ralf Rangnick revealed he was also ruled out of Wednesday's game at Brentford and is unlikely to be available for the home game against West Ham three days later would stand. Aaron Wan-Bissaka will miss two more Manchester United games Ralf Rangnick believes Aaron Wan-Bissaka will miss the Premier League games against Brentford and West Ham United. Asked if Wan-Bissaka could play tonight, Rangnick said: Brentford manager Thomas Frank says Manchester United have an "incredible side" and although they haven't yet reached the heights interim boss Ralf Rangnick was referring to would like the performance. The Red Devils are still an impressive team to face off against. Brentford are still six players short through injuries and international duties, but Thomas Frank has confirmed the Bees have no new injury worries and can field the same squad they brought to Anfield last weekend. For Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcus Rashford have both returned to training after serious injuries and could be back tonight. Paul Pogba is also close to a return but won't play for the Red Devils until after the international break. Anthony Martial missed the game against Aston Villa but is in the travel squad for tonight's game after positive talks with interim box Ralf Rangnick. Anthony Martial is back in the Manchester United squad for the trip to Brentford tonight and Ralf Rangnick says any animosity or concern at him being left out at the weekend is in the past. "From my point of view, everything has been discussed, everything has been clarified and nothing needs to be added," said the United coach yesterday, without exactly retracting his comment after the game. Martial has not scored since October and has scored just one this season, despite reports he wants a move from Old Trafford. The United manager has also spoken about midfielder Paul Pogba, who is returning this summer from injury and without a contract - just like the manager himself.

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Fine Mason Greenwood Goal Manchester United doubles at Brentford

Mason Greenwood made it 2-0 for Manchester United against Brentford and you can see the goal here. (Author: Gardener)

BrentfordMason Greenwood made it 2-0 for Manchester United against Brentford and you can see the goal here. Here are the confirmed line-ups: Manchester United travel to Brentford on Wednesday to get back to winning ways in a Premier League clash and we can bring you the confirmed line-ups. Ralf Rangnick's side lost a two-goal lead to a 2-2 draw at Aston Villa on Saturday night.

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Watch: Brentford 1-3 Manchester United

Manchester United emerged victorious 3-1 at the Brentford Community Stadium and you can watch the highlights of the game here. (Author: Gardener)

Manchester UnitedManchester United emerged victorious 3-1 at the Brentford Community Stadium and you can watch the highlights of the game here. After Anthony gave Elanga United the lead in the 55th minute, they increased the lead and increased the lead through Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford. Here are the confirmed line-ups: Manchester United travel to Brentford on Wednesday to get back to winning ways in a Premier League clash and we can bring you the confirmed line-ups. Brentford have lost four of their last five games under Thomas Frank, losing 3-0 to Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday. They are currently sitting in a comfortable position, ten points above the relegation zone but will be looking to pick up more points to ensure safety.

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Manchester United tune in at Brentford after Cristiano Ronaldo's frustration

Manchester United tune in at Brentford after Cristiano Ronaldo's frustration (Author: Gardener)

Cristiano Ronaldo'sThis website uses cookies for analytics, personalized content and ads. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Manchester United tune in Brentford after Cristiano Ronaldo's frustration Manchester United's Marcus Rashford celebrates with team mates Anthony Elanga, Bruno Fernandes and Scott McTominay after scoring his third goal of the game during the Premier League match between Brentford and Manchester United at Brentford Community Stadium Brentford, England 19 January 2022 - Alex Pantling/Getty Images Brentford missed chances against a struggling United in the first half but Ralf Rangnick's men improved significantly with three goals in the second half. Once again it was all about Cristiano Ronaldo. Unfortunately for Manchester United, this meant it was more about his stubborn reaction to the substitution than what he had done on the pitch, even if he did a wonderful job of helping score their second goal. The story of that encounter should have revolved around 19-year-old Anthony Elanga, who emerges as a fresh new hope and deftly scored his first goal for the seniors as he led United to a much-needed win when it looked like they were doomed to defeat. What example is that for the young United players, players like Elanga, players he should mentor and guide? It certainly wasn't the reaction of a team player and, when United scored their third goal, even interim manager Ralf Rangnick felt moved to go over and whisper in his ear. Ronaldo sat on a step. Hopefully it was the naughty level because his behavior looked silly. He's still ambitious, but I said to him: 'Maybe in a few years as head coach you'll make the same decision, leading 2-0 against Aston Villa last weekend. "We had to defend the lead this time and it was important that we got back to a back five," he reasoned reasonably, before adding that there were no "issues" between him and Ronaldo. In the end it was a convincing result for United, even if it was very flattering for them. They remain in seventh place but have reduced the gap to fourth-placed West Ham United to just two points with a game in hand. But your best player? Soccer Football - Premier League - Brentford v Manchester United - Brentford Community Stadium, London, Britain - January 19, 2022 Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo with interim manager Ralf Rangnick after being substituted - REUTERS It was undoubtedly goalkeeper David de Gea while Brentford will think about everything their missed chances before United scored. "Our intensity killed them... we destroyed them in the first half, they didn't stand a chance, three huge chances and there could only have been one winner of that game." It was no exaggeration to say Brentford should have had three goals up, with midfielder Mathias Jensen being the main source of their insane waste. Instead, they were three goals down after 77 minutes, all three claimed by United Academy products as Mason Greenwood and substitute Marcus Rashford also scored. As always, Brentford stormed off the blocks. United were slow, sluggish. Not once, but twice Jensen only had to beat De Gea, but both times he unconvincingly fired to the left of the keeper and the Spaniard instinctively put out a boot to deflect the ball. In midfield, Scott McTominay and Fred struggled as Brentford, led by Christian Norgaard, swarmed them. It didn't help United that apart from Elanga their forwards made little attempt to press and it seemed only a matter of time before Brentford scored. But they missed more chances: Mads Bech Sorensen slammed the ball into the side netting, Ivan Toney snapped a shot that went just wide and Jensen scratched serve. Manchester United's David de Gea in action - Action Images via Reuters Ronaldo complained to referee Andre Marriner as he left at half-time. It certainly looked like Rangnick had leaked a few home truths, as United were vastly improved after that as Ronaldo's header came back off the bar before Jensen - once again - failed to score when he fired weakly at De Gea. Brentford paid price after a finely executed move that didn't match what had happened before, as Fred gained possession and shrewdly chipped the ball into the box while Elanga slipped in front of Mads Roerslev. Its first touch threw it into the air, catching up with goalkeeper Jonas Lossl and heading it into the net. Suddenly the momentum changed and United struck again with another flowing attack as Ronaldo superbly chested McTominay's pass into Fernande's path and he charged deep to roll a pass to Greenwood, who came home easily. Game over? Suddenly it felt like it, and substitute Rashford added a third. McTominay, now the game's dominant midfielder, gained possession and served Fernandes through to the striker. Rashford slapped Lossl high and it certainly wasn't the finish from a player lacking in confidence. But Brentford never gave up and Toney hammered a late shot past De Gea. However, it was too late for her. Sign up for the free Front Page newsletter: your essential guide to The Telegraph's agenda - delivered straight to your inbox, seven days a week. 09:57 PMManchester United remain seventh but are picking up some useful points in their battle for the top 4. 09:54PMBrentford can feel a little heavy on that, can't they? Didn't take his chances in the first half and then Ralf Rangnick's men punished them with a significantly better performance in the second half. Fernandes is through, 15 yards away, decides to try and chip it over what he hopes is a diving keeper... 09:52 PMDalot - who had a good game - clears after Baptiste clears the ball on the edge of the box loses. United much better all over the place this half. Manchester United's Diogo Dalot in action with Brentford's Sergi Canos and Ivan Toney during the Premier League match between Brentford and Manchester United at Brentford Community Stadium on January 19, 2022 in Brentford, England - Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images Dalot in fact, receives the Man of the Match award for his performance. 21:49 Four minutes of added time for Brentford to find two goals. he gets a head on it. Direction is good, but it's awfully long in the air and it'll never cause problems for De Gea, who collects it easily. 09:47 PMMcTominay came out in front of that goal for Matic. Brentford wins a corner through Diogo Dalot... 09:45 PMAnother long throw-in from the right flank. It's a bit like a goalmouth scramble, pinball in the six-yard box. Pinnock sends one in, it gets deflected by another Brentford forward and Toney stabs him point-blank. They would say they deserve at least one goal, but one goal and no points is little better than no goals and no points. Matic will be withdrawn and will certainly replace him. 09:40 PM Rentford is making a little progress now, but it's too little too late. Scott McTominay went down, not sure why. 09:38 PMStory of the match: Brentford didn't convert their chances in the first half. Manchester United won theirs in the second. Fernandes was much more influential in the second half than in the first when the visitors were really terrible. 09:37 PM Another counterattack and this time it's Marcus Rashford for his first goal in 11 games. Well hit and Bruno Fernandes back with the assist. This is the game. Tough on Brentford but they conceded three goals in that half. McTominay breaks through, Fernandes works his way towards the box before a skillful pass finds Rashford on the right. It's a cool and clinical finish going to the top of the net to take all three points. Things are starting to look better for Man Utd 🔴Marcus Rashford ends his goal drought to make it 3-0 and Ralf Rangnick seems to have patched things up with Ronaldo after coming on! pic.twitter.com/Q4D0pWtev6 - Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) Jan 19 2022 09:34 PMA some lingering camera shots of Cristiano Ronaldo, presumably to indicate that he is not happy to be substituted. 21:30 Mason Greenwood is replaced by Marcus Rashford and Ronaldo comes out, Harry Maguire comes in his place. 21:29 Looks like some changes for the visitors too... You feel for Brentford here, didn't really deserve to be 2-0 down. Had they taken their chances, they could have led 2-0 at half-time. 09:26 PMA double substitution for Brentford. 09:21 PM Mason Greenwood with a tap-in to end a brutal and reckless counterattack!McTominay sends a ball over the top to Ronaldo, whose chest pass finds Bruno Fernandes within inches. The Portuguese stops on the left, could shoot himself but takes the better option, meeting Greenwood, who is just on the side, and it's probably the easiest finish the young man will have. Suddenly it clicks as Ronaldo's BRILLIANT chest pass finds Bruno Fernandes who puts it on a plate for Mason Greenwood! – Football at BT Sport (@btsportfootball) Jan 19 2022 9:19pmSuperb Jensen is on the right, he passes to Roerslev , Lindelof gets a foot in... it falls to Janelt, whose shot from the edge of the box is bad, straight in hits the ground and powerlessly passes the gate. 09:17 PMMcTominay with the shot. United look much livelier here in the second half. 09:14 PM Their first Premier League goal of the season has United in front and boy did they need that. Fred slices a diagonal at the back post and Elanga flicks the ball up with his first touch before going over the keeper with his second. A moment of quality gives Man Utd the lead against Brentford 🔥Fred with the pass, Anthony Elanga with the touch and finish! — Football at BT Sport (@btsportfootball) Jan 19 2022 9:11pmUnited did more in those first seven minutes than they did in the first 45 minutes. Another touch of frustration for Fernandes with a few words for Ronaldo. Dalot bravely defends against Toney at the back post and the ball falls for De Gea. 09:07 PMUnited is trying what they think is a smart routine for short corners, but it's not. United still keep the ball, Fernandes sends a cross to the back post, Ronaldo deflects a header and it is tipped off the bar for a corner. Brentford break straight away and De Gea denies Jensen again. Straight towards him from about 15 meters on the right, but should have done better. Brentford went through the visitors' defense AND midfield too easily there. Can Manchester United improve after this terrible half-time? Can Brentford make more of his chances? 08:49 PMA sees a chance with a late free kick from around 30 yards. But Ronaldo takes... 20:49 The visitors take a corner late in the half after Janelt heads in from a cross behind. Telles with the corner. It's settled but United go again... only to have it end in a Brentford goal-kick. 20:42 It's another long throw from Sorensen. Only goes as far as Mason Greenwood walking away. Man Utd will be happy - and happy - to go into the Level. He was turned upside down and challenged a ball in the air. Was probably the best player on his team. 8:39pmUnited don't look like a good team tonight. Poor at the back, an occasional threat up front but Brentford were more than up to the task. 20:36 More danger behind for United. Another long-range shot that snakes up, De Gea doesn't claim it and it falls back to Toney who shoots at the keeper but hard. 08:34 PMBrentford Pause on the counter, quick. They rip through United. Toney gets Jensen through, shooting deep from close range... De Gea sticks his left foot out and saves before Toney deflects his follow-up shot just wide. Brentford corner. There might be a few up here, Brentford. 08:31 PMA Some pressure for United to resist but Fernandes lets Telles free on counter attack and he wins a free kick after a Canos foul. 08:27 PMRonaldo and Fernandes have been quiet in this game but Ralf Rangnick's men are now getting a little more control of the game as we approach the half hour mark. Two thirds of possession in the last small passage of the game. 20:26 That was an entertaining game. United have been involved in many of them lately. Dalot with a long-range shot. Lures it with the outside of its boot, but only curves over the top right corner. 08:24 PMA here a little break as Jansson got in the back of Fred's head... Fighting for a loose ball on the right wing and both players go down. Both players are back on their feet now and looking ok. 08:19 PMAlex Telles sends in the free kick with his left foot but Brentford clear. Telles then has to clean up in his own half after the break from Brentford. 08:18Ronaldo is fouled by Roerslev on the left wing within the penalty area. Potentially dangerous position for a free kick. 08:15 PMDe Gea needs to make an excellent save to deny Brentford. Deep down to his right and De Gea to keep it at 0-0. It's a corner... Brentford almost scores again with Sorensen... Then Norgaard shoots from close range! 20:11 In summary – four minutes all over Brentford and then four minutes all over Man Utd. I say that, but overall United have had 70 percent possession so far. 08:10 PMA some confusion behind for Brentford after previously defending the corner well. Elanga headed the ball over the goal but the keeper and defender got in each other's way and it's another corner for the visitors. 08:06 PMA slightly better from United. Fernandes is almost on the edge of the box but Jansson defends well to regain the ball. 08:05 PMBrentford with a free kick from about 40 yards. Nothing comes of it but Brentford have had all the ball so far. United with barely a shot so far... Mason Greenwood lets go of Ronaldo on the right side... he slides in Dalot who takes a cross but it's too wide and out for a shot on goal. 08:03 PMA decent start for Brentford. Jansson has a shot from 20 yards but it goes along the ground and wide. Combined with slightly early defense. Man Utd in a smart blue and yellow shirt. 19:57 Here we go Just moments before Brentford take on Manchester United for the first time in... a very long time. 19:48 I think you know that we take every game as it comes, but of course I'm aware that Man United are one of the biggest clubs in the world. Man United are obviously the big favorites but we will do everything we can to create another magical moment in Brentford history. 07:42 PM Thomas Frank says Christian Eriksen's connection is a sign of Brentford's progress. Eriksen has not played since his collapse at last summer's European Championships and Frank has worked with him in the Danish youth ranks. 07:27 Ralf Rangnick on his team selection tonight Edinson had to drop out after training yesterday. For me it was logical and I'm happy to have Cristiano back in the team. Scottie [McTominay] was out because he was suspended for the Villa game and I decided to play him from the start. 07:26 PMJadon Sancho has lost confidence at Manchester United - Ralf Rangnick needs to find a way to restore it A good and in-depth read here on Jadon Sancho's difficult start at Manchester United. James Ducker takes a look at the winger's torrid first six months, while Dan Zeqiri breaks down the reasons why United have failed to get the best out of their £73m man. He's not playing tonight for personal reasons. Manchester United's Jadon Sancho during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Old Trafford on January 3, 2022 in Manchester, England - Getty Images Europe 07:16 PMJames Ducker has the latest on Jesse Lingard's situation at Manchester United , as and updates on Ed Woodward's latest salary at the club. Manchester United's Jesse Lingard reacts during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Manchester United at Villa Park on January 15, 2022 in Birmingham, England - Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images 7:06pm - Brentford FC (@BrentfordFC ) January 19, 2022 07:05 PM 06:10 PMAnd welcome to our live broadcast of Brentford v Manchester United at the Brentford Community Stadium. I think you could rightly call this rescheduled game a midfield duel if you split the league into the top six, middle eight and bottom six, with Man Utd in seventh and Brentford in 14th. In any case, the two teams are nine points apart, although Brentford have only picked up three points in their last five games. United took eight. In fairness, the Ralf Rangnick revolution (again, if you want to call it that) didn't really deliver instant results and noticeably better performance. The death spiral they entered with their last manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has been averted but if you survey the general area you're still left with complete chaos without much direction. Despite their relatively poor form, Brentford are doing a more than passable job as a decent Premier League side in their first season in the division. They are 10 full points and seven places above the relegation zone. It's not impossible, but at the moment there's no risk of them being drawn into the relegation battle. 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