The international break is only halfway through but already we are counting down the days until Manchester United are back in action again.

Some players, such as Mason Greenwood, will be getting valuable rest and time to recover, while Scott McTominay is celebrating after getting Scotland to a first major tournament since 1998.

What can United expect upon their return? We’ve looked at the next five matches and made our predictions.

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West Brom (H) – Win

United are still yet to win a Premier League home game this season.


But we won’t get a better chance than the visit of winless West Brom straight after the international break.

They have made life difficult for Chelsea and Tottenham at the Hawthorns this term, but have just one point on the road.

Nobody in the division has conceded more away from home than their ten, the same Liverpool have let in.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs a home league win urgently, and this is an opportunity that cannot be passed up.

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Istanbul Basaksehir (H) – Win

United were abject in Turkey, fluffing a major chance to go within touching distance of the Champions League knockout stage.

This is a match which cannot be taken lightly in light of that, although it will be interesting to see if Solskjaer tries to rotate his squad.

A victory here would taken United onto nine Champions League points and ten is usually enough for progression.

Hopefully one or two players stay back when we get a corner this time.


Southampton (A) – Draw

This looks a very tricky test.

Southampton went top of the league – briefly – on Friday, which is an indication of how well they’re playing.

United have won just one of the last five meetings between the sides, although the other four have all been draws.

Solskjaer called the Saints the ‘fittest team in the league’ back in July. Their high pressing game will certainly take advantage of any tiredness in the United ranks following the midweek encounter.

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PSG (H) – Draw

United have twice performed heroics in Paris now, Solskjaer will be looking for another big-match performance here.

The results in matchday four will dictate the landscape going into this one, but PSG are currently third in the group at the halfway stage.

Plenty will depend on whether United try and take the initiative here, or attempt to hit their visitors on the break.

Solskjaer will be hoping his side don’t roll over as easily as they did last time the Parisians were in Manchester; a meek 2-0 surrender in February 2019, topped off by a Paul Pogba red card.

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West Ham (A) – Draw

United haven’t won on any of their past three visits to east London, and the two most recent have ended in abject defeat.

Former Red Devils boss David Moyes is always fired up to face us and has overseen an impressive start to the season.

The Hammers have earned a share of the spoils against Tottenham and Manchester City this term and are adept at soaking up pressure and hitting elite teams on the break.

Michail Antonio will hope to be fit by this December meeting, which would give everyone of a claret and blue persuasion a lift.

The obvious counter-balance to the caution ahead of this trip and the aforementioned visit to St Mary’s is that United have won the last seven away league games – our best such record for 27 years.

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