After a two-week break for international matches, Manchester United return to Old Trafford on Saturday to host West Bromwich Albion. On paper, United are favorites to win but after the international matches, United have more injuries than they would like heading into the match.
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Marcus Rashford may return after a slight shoulder problem, while Luke Shaw, Eric Bailly, and Phil Jones are definitely out. Victor Lindelof continues to struggle with a back problem, while Edinson Cavani could be rested after a long trip back following games for Uruguay in South America.
Alex Telles also traveled to play for Brazil and after testing negative for COVID-19 following a positive test, the left-back may replace the injured Shaw. Harry Maguire played the full 90 minutes of England’s 4-0 win over Iceland on Wednesday but is said to have bruised his foot.
Mason Greenwood will be available, while Anthony Martial had a minor back issue during the international break. So yeah, that’s all …
With all these injuries, United’s lineup could be a makeshift lineup with people in positions they haven’t played much or even a formation change. Expect David De Gea to be in the nets on Saturday. He is probably the safest bet for United’s typical starter.
Who knows what the defensive lineup could be. I wouldn’t be surprised if United switch to a 3-4-3. United do have Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Possibly Axel Tuanzebe and Eric Bailly on standby and Alex Telles if he can pass another Covid-19 test.
Midfield is a little more predictable with Bruno, Fred, and Pogba healthy and expected to play. Now the question will be if McTominay or Van De Beek get a starting call or not. Upfront could be Greenwood, Maybe paired with Martial, Rashford, or Cavani. Again, who knows how bad these injuries are to Rashford and Martial.
West Brom have Matheus Pereira and Branislav Ivanovic back after they both missed the game against Tottenham before the break due to a positive COVID-19 test.
Callum Robinson tested positive while on international duty and Bilic is waiting to get test results back so he can see who is available. Hal Robson-Kanu and Sam Field remain out injured.