Manchester United have named their team to face West Brom this afternoon.
Although Manchester City’s win last night continues to put them in complete charge of the title, the defeats suffered by Liverpool and Spurs mean today’s match in an opportunity to put a marker down on a top four place.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer rung the changes for the midweek FA Cup win over West Ham but has a stronger squad available today.
“Eric Bailly is available,” he said. “He’s trained for a couple of days so he’ll be available for selection so that’s positive.”
Solskjaer referenced West Brom being tough opponents earlier in the season. “We scraped a 1-0 win and of course you know Sam [Allardyce] is going to organise them well. They’re going to be a physical challenge for us, they’ve got some good individual players with pace and there’s the counterattacks and set-plays… all the normal challenges in the Premier League. It’s not going to be any different. We’re looking forward to the game, it’s a test for us again because we need to kick on and improve. Every single game is a chance to for us to improve.”
“You say that all the time that the next game is the most important one and it is. Of course when you get into the cup competitions it’s make or break and in the league you get less and less games to make up for mishaps, so of course the closer you get to the end the more important the points will be.”
The game will be a reunion with former United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone. “He’s been great a few times this season,” said Solskjaer. “When they got a draw against City and a draw against Liverpool Sam had fantastic performances and against us as well. Richard [Hartis our goalkeeping coach] knows all about him, I know most things about him too, so we’ll have to try to find some way to get the ball past him.”
Kick off is at 2pm and the game is broadcast live in the UK on Sky Sports.
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