Manchester United will hope their free-scoring attack will outweigh any defensive inconsistencies on Sunday, as they head to relegation-threatened West Bromwich Albion. United have dropped seven points in the last four games, but have still scored a massive 13 goals in that span – boosted, of course, by the nine they put past Southampton.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side need a point to go back above Leicester into second place in the table, but realistically they must take a victory if they harbour ambitions of chasing down local rivals City in the race for the title.
The absence of Paul Pogba in midfield is a blow to their preparations, but with Scott McTominay showing good form over the past couple of months, Bruno Fernandes rediscovering a scoring touch and Mason Greenwood showing signs of finding his best form again, there are plenty of positives for United heading into this game.
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West Brom have far fewer reasons to smile, having lost four of their last five games and sitting a massive 13 points from safety. Their only point earned recently came against Fulham, one place above them, and the clubs outside the bottom three keep winning the odd game – which the Baggies have been incapable of doing.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the game.
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When is the game?
That match kicks off at 2pm on Sunday, 14 February at the Hawthorns.
Where can I watch it?
The game will be shown live on Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Main Event and Ultra HD. Subscribers can watch via the Sky Go app. If you’re not a Sky customer you can grab a NOWTV Day Pass here to watch without a subscription.
What is the team news?
West Brom have almost a full squad to choose from, though Karlan Grant did pick up a knock last week so could be absent.
United are without Paul Pogba and long-term absentee Phil Jones, while Eric Bailly is a doubt. There have been calls for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to start Dean Henderson in goal here after David De Gea’s recent errors.
WBA – Johnstone; Furlong, Ajayi, Bartley, Gibbs; Snodgrass, Yokuslu, Maitland-Niles, Gallagher, Pereira; Diagne
MUN – De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, McTominay; Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford; Cavani
West Brom – 10/1
Draw – 5/1
Man United – 33/100
West Brom’s defensive work hasn’t been impressive of late and it’s unlikely that they’ll keep out United’s first-choice attack. Baggies 1-3 United.
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