Manchester United must bounce back in the Premier League after last week’s draw against Everton. The Reds know that mistakes in defence will cost them and Carlo Ancelotti would have warned his players about it before the game.
United’s defence seems incapable of dealing with pressure and pace is always going to be an issue when Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof are starting games as a defensive duo act.
In the coming weeks we will learn whether this Manchester United side is ready to challenge for the Premier League title or if we face another fight for a top four finish.
It kicks-off on Sunday at The Hawthorns.
West Brom Form
West Brom have lost four of their last five games in the Premier League and their home record under Sam Allardyce will be a concern for Baggies.
But the biggest mistake this United side can make is underestimating Sunday’s opponent, like they did a few weeks ago at Old Trafford against bottom-of-the-table Sheffield United.
Allardyce has his work cut out for him, with West Brom 11 points off safety.
Manchester United form
Manchester United have won six of their last 10 games in all competitions, and during the week Ole Gunnar Solskjaer guided his side to the FA Cup quarter-finals.
I still don’t know any United fans sitting comfortably at the moment because everyone is waiting for the next mistake at the back. Solskjaer needs to get his strikers firing because at times this season it’s been a matter of outscoring the opponent to win football matches. You could relax with some online casino but always remember to remain responsible whilst gambling.
Let’s just see United get the job done, shall we?
West Brom Team News
The Baggies will have a familiar face between the sticks with Manchester United academy graduate Sam Johnstone.
Allardyce would have been encouraged by Arsenal loanee Ainsley Maitland-Niles when he made his debut against Tottenham last weekend, so we could see him from the start this weekend.
The only injury concern from West Brom’s 2-0 defeat against Tottemham was sustained by Karlan Grant which could lead to a re-shuffle in midfield.
Manchester United Team News
Paul Pogba will miss this one.
There will be questions asked in the lead up to Solskjaer’s line-up announcement about the goalkeepers, but I think he will stick with David de Gea over Dean Henderson.
Bruno Fernandes, Scott McTominay and Edinson Cavani didn’t start against West Ham in the FA Cup and are expected to return.
West Brom XI (4-4-1-1) – Johnstone; Furlong, Ajayi, Bartley, Gibbs; Snodgrass, Yokuslu, Maitland-Niles, Gallagher; Pereira; Diagne.
Manchester United XI (4-2-3-1) – De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, McTominay; Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford; Cavani.