Manchester United vs West Bromwich Albion: Three players who must start

Manchester United vs West Bromwich Albion: Three players who must start

Manchester United will be expected to claim a convincing win against a West Bromwich Albion side rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table and without a win since January.

Confidence will be sky high in the Man United camp after claiming the result of the season – in one of the games of the season – against Manchester City last weekend.

But they ought to be wary of the Baggies, who earned a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford last season and will be playing with a nothing-to-lose mentality under caretaker boss Darren Moore.

With that in mind, here are three players who Jose Mourinho must start on Sunday afternoon.

Anthony Martial

The Frenchman has been once again linked with a move away and Mourinho, speaking at a press conference on Friday, intimated that he needs to do more to earn a regular spot.

He will be no doubt determined to prove himself to his manager and giving him a chance to run at West Brom’s low block could prove effective. When he gets going on that left hand side, swerving and gliding past defenders, watching him is a sight to behold. Supporters will be craving to see him back in full flow.

Romelu Lukaku

This is the kind of occasion the Belgian relishes: slow defenders who will sit back and plenty of possession of the ball, serving as a reference point in attack and, inevitably, finding the net when given the slightest pocket of space – which will likely come against a side without a clean sheet in three months.

He claimed his 26th goal of the campaign on his last Old Trafford outing; not many will be betting against him adding to that tally this weekend.

Juan Mata

Left out by Mourinho at the Ethiad, the Spaniard’s intricacy and innovation on the ball will likely be called on to help probe gaps in West Brom’s defensive line.

Mata worked wonderfully alongside Alexis Sanchez and Jesse Lingard against Swansea City a fortnight ago, drifting seamlessly into clever positions from the right hand side and keeping the tempo high. His job will be essentially the same against the Premier League’s bottom club.

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