Confirmed line-ups: Strike duo start for Manchester United at West Brom

By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens

Marcus Rashford makes his fourth start in 11 days for Manchester United at West Brom on Sunday.

Chris Smalling is also in the starting X1 for the trip to the Hawthorns after missing three matches with a shoulder injury.

Smalling is one of four changes to the side that beat Watford 1-0 in midweek as United chase a fifth consecutive victory to keep their top-four hopes alive.

Matteo Darmian, Michael Carrick and Jesse Lingard also return to the side as Morgan Schneiderlin, Tim Fosu-Mensah, Memphis Depay and Guillermo Varela drop down to the substitute’s bench.

Van Gaal is happy to give Rashford the nod to start again in the absence of a number of senior players including Wayne Rooney, which is likely to mean Anthony Martial once again beginning the match on the flanks.

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The 18-year-old is the talk of English football following the spectacular start to his senior career, scoring twice apiece against Midtjylland and Arsenal and then helping United beat Watford on Wednesday night. Remarkably, he had previously only started two games for the club’s Under 21s side.

Van Gaal, who is keen to promote his belief in youth, has watched the youngster closely in training this week and has seen no sign that his energy levels have dropped off.

He has also thrown Smalling straight back into the starting line-up as the England defender has not been out long enough to lose match sharpness.

In his absence, United have played midfielder Michael Carrick and rookie Fosu-Mensah at centre-half alongside Smalling’s regular partner Daley Blind.

Marouane Fellaini is also back in the matchday squad after missing a month with a hamstring injury.