And so, after many hours of international football and very few goals, the Premier League is back. Like a renegade master, like Backstreet, like the Beatles touching down in the USSR. Like, er, bacon. We’re not sure where this intro is going, to be honest. Let’s wrap it up.
Paragraph two! Here we talk about Manchester United’s opponents today: Newcastle. Rafa Benitez’s black-and-white soldiers are having a fine old season. They currently sit 11th in the table, which is pretty good going given they only came up this season. They don’t score many, but they don’t concede many either: it’s not going to be straightforward for the red United.
However, there’s good news on the home front. Paul Pogba, Marcos Rojo, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are also back. They’ve recovered from their various sprains, tweaks, and prangs, and are in contention for today’s match squad. We don’t know if they’ll start, but given how weird United have been in Pogba’s absence, we’re looking forward to seeing him strolling around Old Trafford again. Even if he’s sitting on the bench. Can one stroll if one is sitting? Too late to worry about that now.
Premier League schedule
We’re kicking off at 17.30 in the UK, which is 12.30 on the east coast of the USA and a luxurious 9.30 over by the Pacific. Slugabeds.
Premier League TV channel
It’s a BT Sport day over in the UK — BT Sport 1, to be precise — and over in the USA you’ll need to turn to NBC USA. Everybody else, have a look here.
Premier League streaming
BT Sport’s app in the UK, NBC Sports Live in the USA.
... hasn’t been announced yet. But if we had to guess, we’d go: De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Bailly, Young, Ander Herrera, Matic, Mata, POGBA, Rashford, Lukaku
Line-ups have been announced. POGBACK. Also: Mkhitaryan had been dropped, Martial and Rashford start together, and both Bailly and Jones are injured.
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