Manchester United vs West Brom
Time – India: 01:30 AM (Sunday); UK: 08:00 PM (Saturday)
Venue: Old Trafford
Referee: David Coote
Manchester United went into the break on the back of a morale-boosting 3-1 win over Everton at Goodison Park. It helped them to recover from two poor losses to Arsenal in the league and to Istanbul Basaksehir in the Europa League.
But ahead of facing relegation candidates West Brom on Saturday evening, the Red Devils are still without a home win in the league.
While they are unbeaten away from home in the league since a defeat at Liverpool in January, their home form must improve and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have earned just one Premier League point from four games this season at Old Trafford.
The good news for Manchester United is that they will be facing West Brom, who are yet to win in the league this season and have three points from their opening eight games.
They are early candidates to get relegated from the Premier League this term and are in desperate search of some inspiration from somewhere.
Manchester United vs West Brom: Head-to-Head
Total games – 100
Manchester United wins – 56
West Brom wins – 44
Draws – 32
Manchester United have a superior record over West Brom overall since their first meeting in October 1892, in a League Division One game.
The Premier League giants’ recent record against the Baggies have been indifferent and their home record should particularly worry Solskjaer.
Manchester United have failed to beat West Brom in their last two meetings at Old Trafford with the Baggies actually beating the Red Devils 1-0 in April 2018.
Manchester United vs West Brom: Recent form
Manchester United: W-L-L-W-D
West Brom: L-L-D-D-L
Manchester United won at Everton ahead of the international break but their form has been indifferent and inconsistent. What should worry their fans is their home form in the league which has seen them win just one point from four games at Old Trafford.
West Brom are still searching for their first win back in the Premier League and have just three draws in their opening eight league games. They went into the international break on the back of a narrow 1-0 defeat at home to Tottenham.
Manchester United vs West Brom: Team news
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a few worries ahead of West Brom’s visit on Saturday. Marcus Rashford has been carrying a knock and is doubtful for the game. The same goes for Victor Lindelof, who is nursing a back injury, and Mason Greenwood, who returned to training this week after being unwell.
Alex Telles is likely to make his second appearance after testing negative for coronavirus during international duty with Brazil. Harry Maguire has shaken off a bruised foot and is set to start as well on Saturday.
The Baggies are set to welcome a number of players who were recovering from the Coronavirus with Branislav Ivanovic, Matheus Pereira and Callum Robinson set to return.
Slaven Bilic revealed in his pre-match press conference that a few other unnamed players also tested positive for the virus but were expected to be back in training today.
Manchester United vs West Brom: Probable XI
Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Telles; McTominay, Fred; Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford; Martial
West Bromwich Albion: Johnstone; Furling, Ivanovic, Bartley, O’Shea, Townsend; Gallagher, Livermore, Krovinovic; Pereira, Grant
Manchester United vs West Brom: Where to watch
India: Star Sports 2, Star Sports Select HD 2
UK: BT Sport 1
Stream in India: Disney+ Hotstar
Stream in the UK: BT Sport App
Manchester United vs West Brom: Prediction
The match appears to be a golden opportunity for Manchester United to end their home voodoo in the league and post their first Premier League win at Old Trafford this season.
While West Brom have not lost in their last two visits to Manchester United, any other result other than a Red Devils win will be a shock and will raise further questions about them and their manager.
Manchester United vs West Brom predicted scoreline: 3-0
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