Jones and Lukaku start, 4-2-3-1: Strongest Manchester United XI vs West Bromwich Albion

Manchester United travel to west Midlands to take on West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on Sunday. The Red Devils scrapped through a 1-0 win over Bournemouth at Old Trafford in midweek, and Jose Mourinho would surely want a more clinical performance from his forwards versus the Baggies.

Formation: 4-2-3-1


David de Gea was kept busy versus the Cherries as he made a couple of notable saves to preserve United’s lead. The Spaniard is likely to start his 18th league game on the trot for United.

Antonio Valencia will resume his duties on the right side of the attack, and he could be accompanied by Ashley Young in the opposite direction after he only featured from the bench on Wednesday. Luke Shaw showed good promise while making his first Premier League start in place of Young, but the latter is likely to start against a West Bromwich Albion, who have improved defensively of late.

Phil Jones and Chris Smalling made up the central defensive department against Eddie Howe’s side, and they could be tipped to start in their respective positions once more, with Marcos Rojo and Victor Lindelof in reserve.

Paul Pogba will certainly miss the Premier League outing as he serves the final match of his three-game suspension. Scott McTominay put in an impressive display at the heart of the midfield versus Bournemouth, but Mourinho could be tempted to replace him with Ander Herrera, who could lineup alongside the ever-present Nemanja Matic.

Juan Mata provided a wonderful cross for Romelu Lukaku’s winner against Bournemouth, and he could be backed to keep his position on the right side of the attack. Likewise, Jesse Lingard could keep his number 10 position owing to his recent performances, especially on the road. Anthony Martial was guilty of missing an easy chance to score in the second-half, and the Frenchman could be the odd man out to facilitate Marcus Rashford’s involvement in the XI.

Romelu Lukaku netted his 13th goal of the campaign courtesy of a well-timed header versus the Cherries. Mourinho clearly has extreme confidence in his frontman, and the Belgian is likely to lead the line against the Baggies for whom he has previously featured on a season-long loan.



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