West London team Brentford still have a healthy advantage over the relegation zone despite losing their third game in a row in the Premier League. The newcomers have done well to establish a ten-point lead over Norwich City who are third from bottom but they can’t afford to continue their poor league forms after the 3-1 home loss to Manchester United on Wednesday. The loss to the Red Devils means they have taken zero point from the last nine available.

Brentford should have done better with the chances that came their way in the first half of the Manchester United game and they were made to pay for their lack of cutting edge in front of goal in the second half thanks to the attacking trio of Anthony Elanga, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford at Manchester United.

Swedish attacker Elanga has done well since he was introduced into the starting XI for the FA Cup third round game at home to Aston Villa last week. He made his first Premier League start against the same team at the weekend in a game that ended in a 2-2 draw. He retained his place for the away game with Brentford in what was his second start in the Premier League and the winger was able to mark it with a goal. He provided the opening goal in the 55th minute via a header before Greenwood and Rashford scored to seal the win for Manchester United. Brentford got their consolation goal through Ivan Toney five minutes from time.

The defeat to the Red Devils follows the away defeats to Southampton and Liverpool. They have a ten-point lead over the relegation zone though they have played more games. Brentford have 23 points, while the bottom three teams namely Norwich City, Newcastle United and Burnley have 13 points, 12 points and 11 points respectively. The Bees still have to face Norwich City, Newcastle United and Burnley one more time before the current league season ends. The games against Burnley and Newcastle United would be at home, while the Norwich City clash would be away from home at Carrow Road.