Solskjaer makes 3 new changes to the 4-2-3-1 formation against West Brom

Manchester United take on West Bromwich Albion

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Manchester United take on West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford as the Premier League returns after the international break.

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping his side can continue where they left off against Everton before the international break, when they welcome struggling West Brom to Old Trafford this evening. 

The Red Devils are yet to win a home game in the Premier League this season, so the visit of Slaven Bilic's West Brom represents the perfect chance for United to get off the mark. 

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Solskjaer is boosted by the return of several of his key names after they suffered injury scares over the international break, although there remain some long-term absentees. 

At the back, Eric Bailly has returned to training but the game will come too soon for the central defender.

Captain Harry Maguire should be fine to start, whilst Alex Telles is set for his first league start after recovering from coronavirus. 

In midfield, Solskjaer has several options with Fred, Scott McTominay, Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba all vying for two places. 

Bruno Fernandes is almost certain to start, with the Portuguese international vital in United's 3-1 win over Everton a fortnight ago. 

Up front, Solskjaer must decide whether Edinson Cavani is handed his first start in the top flight, or whether to keep faith with Juan Mata. 

Anthony Martial is likely to play, whilst Marcus Rashford should be fit if there are no ill-effects from his return to training. 

Speaking on Friday ahead of the game, Solskjaer did confirm that three players would not be ready for the game.

"The short version is it’s Luke Shaw, Jesse Lingard and Phil Jones are the only ones who didn’t join in parts of the training today," Solskjaer said. 

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"Some are in different stages after internationals, recoveries and working back after illness and fitness and we’ll make a decision tonight but most of them have joined in today and some yesterday, so it’s looking good.

"Possibles but some of them are probably some doubts.

"Marcus [Rashford] joined for the first time today, hopefully no reaction, [Eric] Bailly first day today so no, him and Marcos Rojo joined for the first time for a month, so they’re not ready.

"Victor [Lindelof], we’ll have to check tomorrow because his back is not great.”

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