Thomas Frank has called Brentford’s trip to face Manchester United ‘the most difficult game of the season’.
Brentford take on Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday evening as the Bees look to continue their push for European qualification.
Frank’s side thrashed the Red Devils 4-0 in the reverse fixture in west London, but the Dane is expecting a much tougher test against a team who have improved since the testing opening weeks of Erik ten Hag’s reign.
United have not lost at home in the Premier League since the opening weekend of the season and Frank believes the clash could represent his team’s ‘most difficult’ challenge to date.
“I learn from every game. I learn more from defeats than the wins,” Frank said at his pre-match press conference on Brentford’s win over United earlier in the season.
“I think the main bit is I think we are potentially going into the most difficult game of the season with everything taken into consideration.
“We are going away to the biggest away ground, lots of fans, the biggest crowd, against a side who are more stable. Erik ten Hag and his staff have done a very good job. They’ve just won their first trophy, they are fighting for a Champions League spot. They lost last time out so they will want to bounce back, plus we beat them last time. It is a top team with top players.”
Frank discussed Brentford’s 4-0 win over this week’s opponents, a result which saw the Bees run riot in the first half to score four goals inside 35 minutes.
The 49-year-old called the result ‘a very good win in the history of Brentford’, but reiterated that he is expecting a different game this time around.
“It was a very, very good win in the history of Brentford, I’m not running away from that. It is a completely different game on Wednesday night.
“I think it’s a big credit to Man United’s history how much it meant to us and the world. That is what comes with what the club has done over the past 30 years, the golden era where they won everything. For us to be able to beat them was a big thing, but that is in history. We can’t use that on Wednesday, it’s completely different.”
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