Rashford and Lukaku start, 4-2-3-1: Alternate Manchester United lineup to face West Brom

Manchester United are at Old Trafford for this weekend’s Premier League meeting versus West Bromwich Albion. The Red Devils are currently on a five-match winning league streak, and a victory over the Baggies on Sunday would strengthen their grasp further on the second position in the standings.

Formation: 4-2-3-1


David de Gea pulled off another match-winning effort last weekend following his point-blank save off Sergio Aguero. The Spaniard has kept 16 shutouts in the top-flight, and he will be aiming to pick up another versus West Brom to strengthen his chances of winning the Golden Glove accolade.

Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young are pretty much automatic choices on the right and left side of the backline respectively, and the same goes to the central defence where Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling are strong candidates to feature.

Mourinho may think of resting Bailly ahead of next weekend’s FA Cup semi-final, but that could be done during midweek, where United have a south Coast trip to face Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth.

West Brom are likely to opt for a deeper formation from which they may counter-attack, and hence Mourinho could prefer a two-man midfield partnership to pick an additional attacking player.

Should this be the case, Ander Herrera would no doubt be the odd-man out with Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic keeping their respective positions in the centre of the park.

Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial were both on the bench for the derby last weekend, but we are fancying the former to make the starting XI on the right side of the attack.

Aside from this, Alexis Sanchez is certain to start on the left-wing with Jesse Lingard in a central attacking role whilst Romelu Lukaku should lead the line with his excellent record versus the Baggies.

The Belgium international has five goals in the space of just eight games against his former club, and he will surely have his sights on adding up to his 26-goal tally this season.

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