Match Previews

Manchester United v Albion match preview

19th November
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Slaven Bilić’s Baggies return to action with a trip to face Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday (ko 8pm).

Manchester United

Their last time out

The Red Devils went into the international break off the back of an impressive 3-1 win at Goodison Park against early pace-setters Everton.

A first-half brace from Bruno Fernandes, followed by Edinson Cavani’s first goal for the club in stoppage time, helped United bounce back from consecutive defeats.

In the dugout

Ole Gunnar Solskjær has been in permanent charge at Old Trafford for more than a year since signing a three-year contract in March 2019.

United originally brought the Norwegian in on an interim basis from Molde after the departure of José Mourinho. But Solskjær’s success in the Premier and Champions League earned him a long-term deal which he justified last year by guiding United to a third-placed finish in his first full season in charge. 

One to watch

Bruno Fernandes will be confident following his recent goal-scoring exploits.

The Portuguese midfielder proved to be the difference in United’s last league game against the Toffees and has an impressive 11 goal contributions from 11 Premier League matches so far.

Our last meeting

Jay Rodriguez made it a memorable encounter the last time these two sides met in England’s top flight.

His second-half header earned the Baggies a hard-fought 1-0 win in Manchester back in April, 2018.

Stats

Albion

  • The Baggies have lost just one of their last five visits to Old Trafford.
  • Three of those recent trips to Manchester have seen Albion return with a clean sheet.
  • Saturday could mark 80 Albion appearances for Kyle Bartley should he start.

Manchester United

  • United have failed to score in their last two Premier League games at home.
  • They are also yet to record a home league win this season.
  • Solskjær’s men have managed just two goals from their opening four league games on home soil.

Head to head

  Man Utd wins Draws Albion wins
League 54 29 41
FA Cup 1 3 2
League Cup 1 0 1
Total 56 32 44

 

Our one to watch

Karlan Grant will be eager to add to his Albion tally after coming so close in the last match.

Only Eric Dier’s goal-line clearance prevented Grant from netting his second goal for the club against Spurs. Saturday presents another opportunity for the striker to get back to scoring ways and help Albion fight for their first win back in the top flight.

Follow the game

Gez Mulholland will be joined by once midfield-now-microphone maestro Andy Johnson to provide proudly partisan commentary and an expert insight for WBA Radio.

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Live commentary starts from 15 minutes before kick-off and will be accessible through the live match centre or WBA TV.

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The game is also available to watch on BT Sport.