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Match Preview: Manchester United vs West Brom

Manchester United vs West Brom

It seems like an age since Manchester United last played, prior to the international break. Two weeks on from their impressive 3-1 victory over Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton, United are finally in action again, facing West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, at Old Trafford, in the Premier League.

The Reds will be looking to start a hectic period in the best possible way, with 12 matches coming before the new year, meaning the next month or so will go a long way in defining whether this season will be a success or not.

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During the international break, the fitness of a number of United players caused concern amongst fans and staff alike.

Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood missed England’s fixtures, whilst Victor Lindelöf was not involved for Sweden.

It is expected that Rashford will be available for Saturday’s clash with The Baggies, with United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saying it “is up to him [Rashford]. I think he feels okay”.

Fullback Luke Shaw is likely to be side-lined for a number of weeks, due to the injury he sustained at Goodison Park, with Alex Telles the predictable replacement for him, although the Brazilian himself has been unavailable for recent matches.

He tested positive for Coronavirus, so was unavailable for the Everton match, and further confusion over his condition had initially ruled him out of his national team’s matches. However, he has most recently tested negative and appears to be ready to play on Saturday.

Solskjaer confirmed that Jesse Lingard and Phil Jones are yet to return to training, whilst Eric Bailly and Marcos Rojo are back with the squad, but will not be ready to face West Brom.

Opposition: West Bromwich Albion

Under the guidance of Slaven Bilic, The Baggies earned promotion back to the Premier League last season, finishing second to only Leeds United.

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This campaign, the side find themselves 18th in the table, and are yet to win a league match, only picking up points against Burnley, Chelsea and Brighton.

Ex Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic may feature, having recovered from Coronavirus.

Key Stat

United are yet to win at home in the Premier League this season.

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Manchester United 2-0 West Bromwich Albion.

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