Manchester United host West Bromwich Albion this Saturday in the Premier League. United had gone three games without scoring a goal before beating CSKA Moscow 1-0 in midweek which puts them in poll position in to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League.
United striker Wayne Rooney relieved some pressure by scoring the winning goal which put United on top of the group.
Manager Louis Van Gaal will be hoping his faith in the striker is further justified this weekend as they hope to get back to winning ways in the Premier League after two consecutive draws.
This will mark a return for Darren Fletcher, Johnny Evans and Lindegaard after the trio moved out of The Theatre Of Dreams. Asked about what he thought of the trio, Van Gaal said, “The decision to go from United to another club is a big one but they made it out of ambition and I like it very much”.
West Brom have been dominating this fixture for the past two seasons. The last time they met, The Baggies won it 1-0 through a deflected free kick off from Chris Brunt. Their last Premier League outing was against Leicester City in an enthralling match which ended 3-2 to the Foxes.
Striker Solomon Rondon has scored in his last two games and will be hoping to continue such form against United.
United have won once in the last five meetings against the Baggies and this will be the perfect chance to set things straight.
- Right back Matteo Darmian is on suspension after accumulating five yellow cards so far this season
- Valencia is still out hence Ashley Young will start again at right back.
- Morgan Schneiderlin was reported to be ill but trained with the team on Friday.
- Wayne Rooney who silenced some critics with his match winning goal in midweek, is set to lead the line for United.
- Martial started the midweek Champions League in central position but is likely to move out wide to the left this weekend
- Rickie Lambert and Solomon Rondon are also expected to start in attack for West Brom
- Saido Berahino is a doubt
- Blind and Smalling’s partnership continues at the back
- Marcos Rojo retains his place at left back
This has been a tricky fixture for United in recent times but after breaking their three game streak without a goal, they will hope to have the edge in this one.
Kick off is at 15:00 GMT.