Manchester United strongest 4-2-3-1 v West Brom: Key trio return and striker omitted
PREVIEW By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Louis van Gaal has the luxury of three full days to prepare his team for Sunday’s Premier League clash against West Brom.
As is par for the course, the manager will await bulletins from the overworked medical department before formulating his selection for the trip to the Hawthorns.
Chris Smalling was among the 13 players unavailable for Wednesday’s 1-0 win over Watford but could return at the weekend after missing three matches with a shoulder injury.
Four consecutive victories, including two in the Premier League, has taken some of the heat off Van Gaal but the pressure will be on the visitors to clinch a fifth consecutive win and keep alive their increasingly realistic hopes of a top-four finish.
Marcus Rashford’s extraordinary start to his career has lifted a team, a club and an entire fanbase but Van Gaal could opt to start the striker on the bench against West Brom after he played three matches in seven days.
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Anthony Martial, who was used mainly in a wide role for the Watford match, could slot in to spearhead the attack, while Michael Carrick and Jesse Lingard are set to return to the starting line-up after being rested in midweek.
Marcos Rojo is likely to drop out after playing two matches in four days following a spell of three months on the sidelines.
Manchester United (possible) De Gea; Varela, Smalling, Blind, Darmian; Carrick, Schneiderlin; Lingard, Mata, Depay; Martial