Even though it might not seem like it, these are the games where we can see if teams deserve success, and with Manchester United without 6 key players, 3 being starting midfielders, we then see a problem United have to overcome. United can survive without Fellaini, we can survive with Rooney, we can cope without Pogba, but we struggle without Herrera. The only starting midfielder we have in reality is Carrick, and no matter how much i want to see Blind or Fosu in defensive midfield, i just don’t see it, mainly because of the injuries we have in defense as well. Blind will be needed in defense, but Fosu has a chance, albeat a small chance, it could be his chance to prove to Mourinho he should be considered as an important first team player. It’s a shame we have to play West Brom at this time, because any other day, I’d say United would easily win this. But because of West Brom’s strength at set pieces and 4 of our taller players unable to play, we have a problem. We saw last weekend how brilliant West Brom are at set pieces, so United need to be aware and have our best players on those taller players like McAuley and Dawson.
Even though we might falter in defense, the final third is where we’ll shine. We have most of our forward players available for this game, and they’ll be very important. Last time we played the baggies, we used Lingard’s pace and width to hurt their back four, and it’ll have to be the same strategy. If we play Mata for his intelligence on one side, Lingard or Mhikitaryan for their pace in attacking midfield and right midfield respectively. There will never be a day when i say United will lose, so I’ll go for the win. But barely.
Prediction: Manchester United 2:1 West Brom