Old Trafford was buzzing on Tuesday as Manchester United beat CSKA Moscow in the Champions League group stage encounter. Louis van Gaal was delighted with the victory and will be hoping that his team can produce a similar performance to see off Tony Pulis’ West Brom Albion side. The home side ended a long streak of goal-less football in that game against Moscow and will give the side some confidence going into this game.
This article is a preview of the Manchester United vs WBA match. It also includes the Team News, expected lineups and Predictions.
The match between Manchester United and WBA will be played on Saturday the 7th of November at the Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester. The kickoff is scheduled at 4:00 pm BST (8:30 pm IST).
Louis van Gaal has some good news as Phil Jones and Morgan Schneiderlin will come back into the squad after recovering from injuries. Paddy McNair and Luke Shaw are long term absentees and Antonio Valencia and James Wilson are fit enough for this match.
Jonny Evans and Darren Fletcher are both expected to play for the visitors. Chris Brunt may not make it to the squad after picking up an injury recently. Keeper Ben Foster is also on the sidelines recovering from a knee problem.
United were held to 4 draws before the Champions League fixture against Moscow and goal-scoring has generally been their major problem. They have not been smart and quick enough to break defenses down and have large parts of the possession without really creating much. The manager has already recognized the problem and has been trying different people in different places that gave Wayne Rooney a first goal in a long time.
If this free floating game works for the Red Devils, they will be able to push aside the visitors. Tony Pulis will be healing from the 3-2 defeat to high-flying Leicester City at home and will hope that they can at least get a point from this game. The 12th placed WBA side have been good to watch at times this season but lack any kind of consistency.
WBA Albion will depend on speed on the counter and Tony Pulis will set his side up to defend and then use that speed on the counter. United should be wary of this and should not get caught because the visitors have a lot of pace in their front line. Berahino and Rondon are both very quick off their feet and can trouble the United back-line all night long.
de Gea, Rojo, Blind, Smalling, Darmian, Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger, Mata, Rooney, Herrera, Martial
Myhill, Dawson, McAuley, Evans, Brunt, Sessengnog, Yacob, Fletcher, McClean, Berahino, Rondon.
The home team’s defense has been in fine form and should be able to keep the visitors silent for most parts. If they are able to put together some good football in the final theirs, this game should be easy for the Red Devils.
Manchester United 1-0 West Bromwich Albion
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