The ‘Red Devils’ hope to recover ground in the Premier League to return to Champions League positions
The 3-1 victory of Manchester United over Brentford on Wednesday leaves them close to cracking the top six as they have only lost one of their last nine Premier League (PL) games (W5, D3). After a poor first half, the ‘Red Devils’ produced a much improved performance after the break as three players found the net — Anthony Elanga, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford.
That will have pleased everyone at the club, but although Old Trafford is known as the ‘Theatre of Dreams’, it has caused some nightmares for ‘Red Devils’ fans this season. That includes conceding the opening goal in four of their last six home league games (W3, L3) and, in fact, not scoring in four of their last eight PL games here (W3, D1, L4).
The West Ham United failed to repeat their FA Cup victory over Leeds United when they met in the league on Sunday, falling 3-2 — manager David Moyes is still unhappy with the change in matches. “The people who are organizing the games don’t understand the importance of recovery,” he said after seeing his team’s (G4) four-game unbeaten streak end.
This marked the fifth consecutive PL match in which the ‘Hammers’ have scored two or more goals, although they have been slightly less prolific away from home — averaging 1.73 goals per away league game this season. They may go into this game two points ahead of Man United (having played one more game), but they haven’t won a PL game at Old Trafford since May 2007 (D3, P10 since then).
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 22, 2022