Manchester United goalkeeper says Brentford could emulate Leeds United success 
Brentford celebrate winning promotion to the Premier League after defeating Swansea City at Wembley Stadium in May. | Photo by Getty Images/Catherine Ivill. 

To put Brentford and the Premier League in the same sentence will bring the fans a sense of pure excitement ahead of the upcoming 2021/22 season. 

Promoted to the league after defeating Swansea City at Wembley Stadium in the play-off final in May, the Bees will be featuring in England's top flight for the first time since 1946/47 - a mere 74 years ago. 

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In preparation for the new adventure, Thomas Frank's team make the trip up north to face Manchester United at Old Trafford in front of an expected crowd of 30,000 on Wednesday night. 

United goalkeeper Lee Grant has praised how Brentford operate and how the team has been able to remain competitive despite selling on the likes of Neal Maupay, Ezri Konsa, Ollie Watkins, and Saïd Benrahma, to name a few, in recent seasons. 

"It’s a really good club. A really well-run football club with a clear vision of what they’re trying to do," he told Manchester United's website

"You’re looking at quite a unique team, a unique club. A smaller club but a London club, so attractive to some as well.

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"But the way they run the club, the framework, the ideas, the forward-thinking mentality, their use of technology and statistics. All of that stuff, for me, is really refreshing." 

The Bees' statistical and analytical approach is backed by all associated with the club and Grant feels that this cohesiveness will only propel the club forwards.  

"All of the club – the players, the staff – have bought into it massively and when you have a club that’s very united and solid and driven in terms of where they’re trying to go, as you’ve seen with Leeds it can propel you endlessly really. Because their goal and vision is so clear.

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"As a squad and playing staff and coaching staff, I’m sure Brentford will be able to follow Leeds and have a really strong year next year."

For the first time since 2003/04, Leeds United featured in the Premier League last season and made of big statement of intent by finishing ninth with 59 points.

Survival is the main objective as Brentford aim to solidify their Premier League status, but if Lee Grant is correct and the Bees can emulate Leeds and achieve a top-half finish, it will surely be considered a monumental success.