Manchester United kick off against West Brom in just over 24 hours.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has numerous options, and he has to work in a few factors into his selection.

Solskjaer must consider who has the highest fitness levels, something we don’t have access to. United’s players may vary in this department after a busy fortnight of international football.

Edinson Cavani was not back at Carrington on Thursday and he is unlikely to go straight in as a starter, even with Anthony Martial as an injury doubt.

United also have to plan for the Istanbul Basaksehir game in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

How many players will he really call on to start both games, and who can be held back?

One thing is for sure, and that is Manchester United have to beat West Brom and start climbing up the table.

Failing to win against the winless Baggies will be seen as a missed opportunity and a mini-crisis. It’s an ideal fixture to finally register a long overdue first home win of the season.

Manchester United Training Session
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Formation dictated by personnel

The formation United go with is likely to be dictated by the players Solskjaer chooses to go with.


Dan James has thrown himself into contention as a starter after his midweek international goal, while Mason Greenwood is due a start if he is passed fit after illness.

If he is not ready, as it seems, then Donny van de Beek could start on the right in a similar role to how Juan Mata did at Everton.

Marcus Rashford could lead the line as he did effectively in the away win over Newcastle, in which he scored once and provided two assists.

Alex Telles should get his first start at left-back. He returned on time from international duty and trained at Carrington on Thursday.

There is a big decision to be made at centre-back. Harry Maguire should be passed fit, while Victor Lindelof is dealing with an ongoing back issue.

It would make sense for Lindelof to be rested ahead of Tuesday’s game, with Axel Tuanzebe making his first league start of the season.

In midfield it would be contentious not to see Donny van de Beek, while Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay could both miss out.

The combination of Nemanja Matic and Fred provide good balance and support for Bruno Fernandes, and the Serbian’s height could come in handy against a team who could be reliant on set pieces.

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