Manchester United v West Brom: EPL Match Preview, Team News, Stats and Kick-Off Time.
Date: Saturday 21st November, 2020
Time: 9:00 pm
Stadium Old Trafford
Referee David Coote (England)
Man United face the prospect of an injury crisis both up front and in defence ahead of this match, although many of the players on their long list of doubts are expected to recover in time.
Marcus Rashford was forced to withdraw from the England squad with the shoulder injury he sustained against Everton before the international break but was back in training on Thursday, while Anthony Martial sustained a back problem while away with France and will be assessed.
Mason Greenwood also has a question mark hanging over his availability after a string of absences prior to the break and allegations about his attitude causing problems within the Man United squad.
Edinson Cavani, who was sent off for Uruguay during the international break, is among those lying in wait for a start should any of those three players miss out, but he missed training on Thursday having returned late from Uruguay duty.
At the other end of the pitch, Harry Maguire is a doubt after complaining of a bruised foot following England’s win over Iceland on Wednesday and subsequently missing training a day later, while Victor Lindelof played through the pain for Sweden and is now a doubt due to a recurring back problem.
With Luke Shaw definitely sidelined due to a hamstring injury and Eric Bailly also an ongoing doubt, that could leave United short at the back, although Alex Telles has been given the all-clear to feature after a fresh coronavirus scare and so he should be in line for his Premier League debut.
Manchester United possible starting lineup:
De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Telles; McTominay, Fred; Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford; Martial.
Manchester United Premier League form: WLWDLW
Manchester United form (all competitions): WDWLLW
West Brom are also able to welcome a number of players back after COVID-19 absences, with Branislav Ivanovic, Matheus Pereira and Callum Robinson set to return.
Bilic revealed in his pre-match press conference that “a few other” unnamed players had tested positive too, although he suggested that they should all be back in training by Friday at the latest.
Hal Robson-Kanu and Sam Field are definitely sidelined for the visitors due to injury.
West Bromwich Albion possible starting lineup:
Johnstone; Furling, Ivanovic, Bartley, O’Shea, Townsend; Gallagher, Livermore, Krovinovic; Pereira, Grant
West Bromwich Albion Premier League form: DLDDLL
Prediction: Manchester United 1-0 West Bromwich Albion.