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Manchester United v West Brom – Match Preview

Manchester United host winless West Bromwich Albion on Saturday evening, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side looking to end their Old Trafford hoodoo.

Here’s everything you need to know about Saturday’s clash:

Form

Manchester United: DWLLW

Manchester United‘s final fixture before the international break saw them pick up a much-needed win over Everton at Goodison Park, after a much-improved display saw them bounce back following their disappointing defeats to both Arsenal and Istanbul Basaksehir.

After being put under increasing pressure of late, Solskjaer had his main man Bruno Fernandes on hand to make the difference, the Portugal international notching two goals and laying on an assist for Edinson Cavani’s first United goal as the Red Devils picked up their first league win since the 4-1 victory over Newcastle United on 17 October.

What will worry the United boss is that both the victory over the Magpies and the Toffees came away from home, with Solskjaer’s side yet to register a home win in the Premier League after defeats to Crystal Palace, Tottenham and Arsenal at the Theatre of Dreams this season.

That dire run of home form also stretches back into last term, with United last claiming a league victory on their own turf against Bournemouth on July 4th. Such form has left them in 14th in the division and in dire need of a string of results to propel them up the table.

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With the Baggies next up for Solskjaer’s men, it could be a perfect opportunity to end their Old Trafford woes, although they will have to make do without the injured Luke Shaw, with fellow left-back Alex Telles set to return after testing negative for Covid-19. Marcus Rashford remains a doubt, however, having withdrawn from England duty last week.

See also – Man Utd legend Irwin outlines where new signing Alex Telles will be a ‘huge asset’ for Solskjaer’s side

West Brom: LDDLL 

It’s been a tough old return to the top flight for the Baggies, with Slaven Bilic’s side yet to register a Premier League win after suffering five defeats and three draws from their opening eight fixtures.

Their most recent league meeting saw them undone by a late Harry Kane header against Spurs, although former West Ham boss Bilic will have taken encouragement from what was a strong showing from his newly-promoted side.

That defeat saw summer signing Karlan Grant miss a string of fine chances which ultimately proved costly, as they continue to struggle to find the back of the net as the third-lowest scorers in the league so far this season.

The Baggies will be buoyed, however, from their opponents wretched run of home form of late and they may be able to exploit United’s defensive weaknesses, particularly if they can put in a similar display to their 3-3 draw with Chelsea back in September.

Bilic will be hoping to have Matheus Pereira and Branislav Ivanovic back with both men having missed the home defeat to Spurs after testing positive for Covid-19.

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Last Meeting

Manchester United 0-1 West Bromwich Albion, 15 April 2018

A lot has changed since the two sides last met, with West Brom having spent the last two seasons in the Championship following their relegation at the end of the 2017/18 campaign.

The enigmatic Jose Mourinho was at the helm at United, while Darren Moore was in caretaker charge of the Baggies following the sacking of Alan Pardew, after a run of form that had left them staring down the barrel of relegation.

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West Brom kept their slim survival hopes alive, however, courtesy of a 73rd minute Jay Rodriguez header, after a laboured United display that confirmed Manchester City’s status as champions.

The Red Devils would go on to finish the season in second place – Mourinho’s ‘greatest ever achievement’ – while despite a late surge in results, West Brom could not fend off the inevitable and found themselves back in the second tier.

Predicted Lineups

Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Lindelof, Telles; Fred, McTominay; James, Fernandes, Mata; Cavani

West Brom: Johnstone; Furlong, Ajayi, Bartley, O’Shea, Townsend; Gallagher, Livermore, Krovinovic, Diangana; Grant

Who is the referee?

David Coote

How can I watch?

UK and Irish readers can watch the match on BT Sport.

What time is kick off?

Saturday November 21st, 20:00 GMT

Odds

Man Utd – 3/10

West Brom – 17/2

Draw – 9/2

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