Manchester United will travel to Brentford on Tuesday evening knowing that a victory would see them move into the fourth position in the Premier League table.
Manchester United won the last time they faced Brentford in any competition, winning a League Cup tie 2-1 at Old Trafford in September 1975 thanks to goals from Lou Macari and Sammy McIlroy.
United are unbeaten in their last 12 Premier League away games against London sides since a 2-0 loss at Arsenal in January 2020. It’s their longest league run without defeat in the capital since a streak of 13 between December 2011 and December 2013.
This is the first league meeting between Brentford and Manchester United since April 1947, a goalless draw at Griffin Park in the top-flight.
Only Liverpool (57) have won a Premier League game in more different stadia than Manchester United (54), with Brentford Community Stadium the 60th different ground at which the Red Devils will have played in the competition.
Brentford are unbeaten in their last 11 league games played on Tuesdays (W5 D6) since a 2-1 loss at Luton in February 2020.
Manchester United Team News:
United, meanwhile, will need to assess Victor Lindelof, who was forced off with chest pains against Norwich; Rangnick said after the match that the Sweden international was fine, but it would not be a surprise to see Eric Bailly come into the side as his replacement.
Raphael Varane and Edinson Cavani are both due to return to full first-team training on Monday and could be in contention, but Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial will again be unavailable.
Nemanja Matic (illness), Juan Mata (illness) and Aaron Wan-Bissaka (knee) are also still doubts, so Rangnick does not have much room for change when it comes to his starting XI.
Marcus Rashford struggled to make his mark against Norwich, though, and the England international could now be replaced in the starting team by Mason Greenwood.
Rangnick’s hand might be forced when it comes to team selection, though, as reports have claimed that some players and staff at the club returned positive lateral flow tests for coronavirus on Sunday.
Manchester United possible starting lineup:
De Gea; Dalot, Bailly, Maguire, Telles; Fred, McTominay; Fernandes, Sancho; Ronaldo, Greenwood