Confirmed Starting XI: 4-3-3 against the Baggies with Lukaku, Sanchez and Mata leading the line

Manchester United will be pitted against West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon. United will have a tough task to beat West Brom, who are currently relegation-threatened, ten points from the safety of the bottom three, with just five matches remaining.

Whilst United may not be able to relegate the Midlands side on Sunday, losing this match and the one against Liverpool next weekend could be enough to secure a place in the Championship next season, which is deservedly so.

The Baggies have previous against United and many of the more neutral supporters of the game would be expecting them to stun United in a way they stunned City, which is something that could happen. Saying that though, Jose Mourinho’s side need to hit them hard from the start of the match and aim to reduce the lead of City even more – with them facing Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Valencia, Lindelof, Smalling, Young;

Herrera, Matic, Pogba;

Mata, Lukaku, Sanchez


Pereira; Jones, Rojo; Lingard, McTominay; Martial, Rashford

Manchester United and West Bromwich Albion have played a total of 131 matches in the history of both clubs – the first match was played on the 1st October 1892 – a 0-0 draw in the old Football League Division One.

United have a total of 56 victories, 32 draws, and 43 defeats in the near 126-year history of matches. United have managed a 13 match unbeaten run against the Baggies in recent history, which started with a 3-0 victory in the Premier League on the 27th November 2004, ending with the 5-5 draw on the 19th May 2013, the final match Sir Alex Ferguson managed for the Old Trafford club.

During that run of matches, United scored 36 goals, conceding 12 and keeping six clean sheets. More recently, United are undefeated in the last three matches between the two clubs, winning twice and drawing once.

The last defeat to the Baggies was on the 6th March 2016, a 1-0 defeat at the Hawthorns. Earlier this season, United won the reverse fixture 2-1 with Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard scoring for United and Gareth Barry scoring a consolation goal for his side.

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