Manchester United make unusual change to Brentford fixture schedule

Manchester United have made special changes to their match day schedule against Brentford to make sure Kobbie Mainoo can feature

Manchester United have made changes to their match day routine for the game against Brentford to help Kobbie Mainoo play. Mainoo made his international debut for England and struggled with illness after returning to the club, missing training on Thursday.

United manager Erik ten Hag changed the schedule to provide enough time for Mainoo to feature against Brentford on Saturday. During the away game, the team usually travel a day before the game occurs but the late kickoff allows a change.

United have decided to travel on the day of the game, allowing players with fitness and illness issues to recover. The Premier League clash at 8 pm allows ample time for the young Englishman to recover before the game.

England's midfielder #21 Kobbie Mainoo looks to play a pass during the international friendly football match between England and Brazil at Wembley stadium in north London on March 23, 2024. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) / NOT FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING USE / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)
Manchester United youngster Kobbie Mainoo enjoyed his first outing with England’s senior team in the friendly game against Brazil on March 23, 2024. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

Daily Mail reported that several players in the team travelled from Manchester Airport on Saturday morning. The report suggested that the delayed departure would give time to several key players to recover after the international break.

United are sixth in the Premier League table with the daunting ambition to finish in the top four this season. They are currently nine points behind fourth-placed Aston Villa and six points behind fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur.

The Red Devils have also progressed in the FA Cup semi-finals with a clash against Coventry awaiting in April. FA Cup is their only hope to finish the season with a trophy, making amends for the poor season.

United crashed out of the Champions League earlier this season after finishing fourth in the competition’s group stage. They also crashed out of the Carabao Cup earlier, the competition that they won last season.

The poor start and struggle in midfield allowed Ten Hag to present Mainoo with an opportunity to prove himself. The 18-year-old has displayed impressive maturity and quality on and off the ball, winning the hearts of the United fans.

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Mainoo’s steep rise in reputation earned him an international call-up for England’s national side during the March international break. The England international is a first-team regular now and Ten Hag needs his energy and talent during the last 10 Premier League games.