MANCHESTER UNITED have made the rare decision to travel to Brentford away on the day of the game.

United face the Londoners at 8pm tonight and would usually fly into the capital a day before kick off.

Rasmus Hojlund smiles as he makes his wayCredit: Eamonn and James Clarke
Harry Maguire made the tripCredit: Eamonn and James Clarke
As did the returning Lisandro MartinezCredit: Eamonn and James Clarke
Bruno Fernandes grabbed a morning coffeeCredit: Eamonn and James Clarke

But the club decided to travel just hours before the match is due to start.

Capitalising on the late kick off time, it allows United’s crocked stars extra time to recover from injury or illness.

Newly-capped England international Kobbie Mainoo missed training on Thursday as he was unwell but returned to Carrington on Friday.

United usually tell unwell players to stay away from the first team to reduce the risk of a virus spreading.

Manager Erik ten Hag said: “Yesterday he skipped training because he was ill. I don’t know (if he will be fit for Brentford).

“We hope. Today he is there (in training), not fully recovered but we still have many hours before tomorrow with kick-off at 8pm.”

Casemiro is back doing outdoor training after missing the FA Cup quarter-final win over Liverpool with a hamstring injury.

Ten Hag suggested the Brazilian would return to the squad against Brentford.

Alejandro Garnacho was snapped making his wayCredit: Eamonn and James Clarke
Mason Mount was all smiles in Man Utd gearCredit: Eamonn and James Clarke
Raphael Varane made his wayCredit: Eamonn and James Clarke


United are due to make a late assessment on Jonny Evans’ fitness after the centre-back picked up a knock in recent weeks.

Harry Maguire also sustained injury on international duty with England and remains a doubt for the Brentford clash.

But Lisandro Martinez is poised to return for the first time in eight weeks after being sidelined with a medial collateral ligament.

Luke Shaw shows off his football skills at Man Utd training

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