Manchester United are next in action on Sunday in the Premier League against West Bromwich Albion.

The Baggies played United hard at Old Trafford, a game we won 1-0 thanks to a retaken Bruno Fernandes penalty.

Since then West Brom have changed managers, hiring Sam Allardyce. They did claim a draw with Liverpool, but have had some poor results since, recently losing 5-0 at home to City.

United will have to be up for a battle and hopefully our quality will shine through with our strong away record continuing.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a few selection decisions which may be impacted by the upcoming Europa League tie against Real Sociedad and how the manager decides to approach that fixture.

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Who starts in goal?

Dean Henderson played pretty well against West Ham, although he did not have too much to do.

A potential start awaits against Sociedad, and it may be sensible for United to give him the nod here so he gets three games in a row.

David de Gea played poorly against Everton and will be targeted by Allardyce’s side from set pieces.

Both goalkeepers are of high quality and Solskjaer has a tough choice ahead. Whoever he picks, it will become a talking point.

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Will Eric Bailly be fit to start?

Eric Bailly was not in United’s squad at in midweek as he deals with an unspecified injury. He has not featured since the away win over Fulham in late January.

This is the kind of game United will need Bailly for, if he is passed fit.

It’s possible he could still be held back if Solskjaer plans to start Bailly against Sociedad in the Europa League.


Most fans would feel more confident seeing Bailly start this game rather than Victor Lindelof against an Allardyce side.

How will the midfield set up?

United’s options are reduced due to Paul Pogba’s injury. Scott McTominay, Fred and Bruno Fernandes are the most likely combination if United go with a midfield three.

Another option is to go with a four man midfield and pick Donny van de Beek. United could decide to make a point of getting Van de Beek more involved and this would be one way to do it.

The other question mark relates to Fred, the only midfielder who played 120 minutes against West Ham.

If he is being lined up for a starting spot against Sociedad, he could sit this one out, with Solskjaer also viewing Matic as a valuable option due to his height.

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Is Rashford due a rest?

Marcus Rashford is one of United’s top contributors this season with 16 goals and nine assists. It is because of this that he rarely gets rested.

This is one game where United may consider it, especially with Edinson Cavani likely to come into the attack.

Cavani coming in would mean one of Martial, Rashford and Greenwood dropping out. Solskjaer has to decide on who. Could two of them even sit out if United go with a four-man midfield?

Another factor to consider is that Dan James has not started a league game in 2021. This might be a good weekend for United to mix it up and pick a player who is fresh rather than fatigued.

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