Manager Jose Mourinho has no fresh injury concerns ahead of Manchester United’s Premier League clash against West Bromwich Albion.
Manchester United will go head to head against bottom feeders West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford on Sunday. The Red Devils come into the game high on spirits, following their 3-2 derby triumph against neighbours Manchester City last weekend.
Manchester United have now won five Premier League games in a row. However, Jose Mourinho will be wary of Liverpool catching up with them, given that the Reds are just a point behind, following their 3-0 win over the weekend against Bournemouth.
Ahead of the Baggies’ visit, the Manchester United boss confirmed that he had a full squad at his disposal apart from second-choice goalkeeper Sergio Romero who has been out on the sidelines since the international break.
“Everyone is perfect, apart from Romero,” said Mourinho in his press conference ahead of the game. “All the few players [who were injured] are ready to play.”
David De Gea has been immense for the 20-time English champions once again this season. The Spaniard has accumulated 16 clean sheets in the Premier League and will be looking to add another one, as he chases his first Golden Glove award.
In defence, Phil Jones and Daley Blind are back from injury after spending a significant amount of time out on the sidelines. Marcos Rojo, too, is back in contention, but none of the three are likely to be thrust into action right away.
That would mean Antonio Valencia keeps his spot at right-back while veteran Englishman Ashley Young is likely to start on the left-side, with Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling likely to partner up at the heart of the Manchester United defence.
The three-man midfield formation worked very well for Manchester United last weekend against City and Mourinho is likely to go into Sunday’s game with a similar setup, meaning Ander Herrera starts once again in the middle alongside the consistent and reliable Nemanja Matic and United’s hero from the last game, Paul Pogba.
The Frenchman looked rejuvenated in the derby game and will be hoping to use that game as a springboard to end the season on a high.
Jesse Lingard has grown into an important part of Jose’s setup and is likely to be retained in the starting XI. He is expected to start out on the right-side ahead of Juan Mata. On the left-flank, January arrival Alexis Sanchez is certain to keep his spot for Sunday’s game after his stellar performance against City last weekend, when he had a hand in all of United’s three goals.
Spearheading the attack for Mourinho’s brigade will be star striker Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian scored in the return fixture against the Baggies in December last year and will be hoping to do more damage against his former side at Old Trafford on Sunday.