Our live match stream is up and running ahead of Saturday evening’s Premier League fixture Man Utd v West Brom, kicking off at 8pm BST.
You can keep an eye on the commentary as it happens below, but first, we take a preview into the fixture, the lineups, predictions and much more.
In each side’s previous game, West Brom lost 1-0 at home to Tottenham, Harry Kane scored his 150th Premier League goal and his eighth goal in eight league games against the Baggies; this made Spurs unbeaten in their last seven Premier League games.
Man Utd put in a confident performance last time out, beating Everton 3-1. Bruno Fernandes’ first-half double helped the Red Devils come from behind; Bernard had given Everton lead early on; Edinson Cavani was on target late on with his first goal for United, putting them 13th in the Premier League table.
Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said on the injury list: “The short version is it’s Luke Shaw, Jesse Lingard and Phil Jones are the only ones who didn’t join in parts of the training today, some are in different stages after internationals, recoveries and working back after illness and fitness and we’ll make a decision tonight but most of them have joined in today and some yesterday, so it’s looking good.
“Possibles but some of them are probably some doubts. Marcus joined for the first time today, hopefully no reaction, Bailly first day today so no, him and Marcos Rojo joined for the first time for a month, so they’re not ready, Victor, we’ll have to check tomorrow because his back is not great.”
Solskjaer on the home record: “Home and away now is different, not like it used to be. We’ve had four home games in the league,the first one we look at having no preparation and Palace deserved it. Tottenham deserved win after Anthony sending off, other two games if we had our fans might have sparked that little extra X Factor we needed in two close games.
“Our best win this season was against Leipzig at home though. It’s something we wanna correct and get our first win hopefully against West Brom but it’s a different sensation playing in front of the Stretford End without fans, they normally score a goal for us.”
On West Brom, Solskjaer said: “They’ve had some players out with covid. We played them before the restart with two 11s and both 11s were good teams.
“Slaven is a good coach, I’ve known him for many years, chirping in my ear when Iw as playing against him.
“I expect a good team who will come and cause his problems, but I focus on us and I want to see more of what we’ve been good at. I want to see us dominate. “
West Brom manager Slaven Bilic said on the meeting with Man Utd: “It would be massive to go there and win.
“It’s Manchester United, away at Old Trafford. Is it hard? Yes, of course it is hard, but we have to go there and believe we can get a positive result.
“It’s one of those stadiums you dream of playing at when you are a young child and I’m sure our players would have felt the same.
“They have the opportunity to play there on Saturday and they will want to put in a good performance and get a good result.
“In every game you have a chance. In some games you’ll have a bigger chance than in other games, but you’ll always have a chance.
“If you do what you have to do and then have a little bit of inspiration or a dip from the other side, you can get a result. That’s what we have to believe in, but we also have to work hard for the whole game.
“United will try to win their first home game of the season in the Premier League.
“They played well against Everton and they bounced back from the defeat.
“They’ve had an inconsistent start for their level. They are not in the position they would want to be in.
“They have some top quality players, but they have been inconsistent and that could be our chance.
“We will analyse them and watch videos and do our preparation, but we have to be concentrating on what our own jobs will be and how we can win the game.”
Manchester United Premier League form: WLWDLW
Manchester United form (all competitions): WDWLLW
West Bromwich Albion Premier League form: DLDDLL
Manchester United possible starting lineup:
De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Telles; McTominay, Fred; Mata, Fernandes, Rashford; Martial
West Bromwich Albion possible starting lineup:
Johnstone; Furling, Ivanovic, Bartley, O’Shea, Townsend; Gallagher, Livermore, Krovinovic; Pereira, Grant
- Manchester United haven’t lost consecutive league matches against West Brom since December 1980, with the Baggies winning their last Premier League encounter with Man Utd 1-0 in April 2018.
- West Brom have won three of their last five away league games against Man Utd (D1 L1), including their last such visit in April 2018 (1-0). The Baggies had won just one of their last 31 league visits to face Man Utd prior to this run.
- Man Utd have failed to score in three of their last four home league games against West Brom, as many as in their previous 53 such matches against them. Indeed, the Red Devils have failed to score in their last two against West Brom at home, last going three in a row without scoring at Old Trafford vs an opponent against Arsenal in September 1982.
- Manchester United are winless in their four Premier League home games so far this season (D1 L3), while they’re winless in their last six at home overall in the competition (D3 L3). They last failed to win any of their first five at home in a league season back in 1972-73, while they last had a longer overall winless home run in March 1978 (7 games).
He said: Manchester United have not won at home in the Premier League this season but that really has to change on Saturday.
United had a very good win at Everton last time out but, on top of their collapse against Spurs, they have struggled to break teams down at Old Trafford, notably when they lost to Crystal Palace on the opening weekend of the season.
I think this is just the way United are at the moment, and the lack of a crowd certainly doesn’t help, but I still expect them to find a way past the Baggies.
If they don’t, they have got big problems.
Lawro’s prediction: 3-0
Right then, time to keep an eye out for live match stream on Man Utd v West Brom from kick off at 8pm…