It’s Christmas time, and the football just keeps coming and coming. Having lost to City last weekend, then righted the ship somewhat against Bournemouth in midweek, United go into this game under a little bit of pressure. Not only did City win again, yesterday, stretching that lead at the top out to 14 points, but Arsenal and Chelsea picked up wins as well. The defending champions are now level on points with United, and the race for
first loser second is getting squeaky.
United’s injury problems have mostly cleared up, with the obvious exception of Eric Bailly, who will be out for a few more months. Paul Pogba is serving the last game of his suspension, so United probably won’t be at their most entertaining.
As for today’s opponents, West Brom have exchanged Tony Pulis for Alan Pardew, who has an annoying habit of doing quite well in his early games at a new club. That said, they haven’t won at home in seven games and haven’t scored in three, which either means that United are favourites or that West Brom are due, depending on how positive you’re feeling. A recent nil-nil with Liverpool suggests that whatever happens, it won’t be straightforward for United.
Premier League schedule
We kick off at 14.15 in West Bromwich, which works out as 9.15 on the east coast and a yawnsome 6.15 on the west. Morning. Sorry about Alan Pardew.
Premier League TV channel
In the UK, you’ll need to point your face at Sky Sports Premier League. In the USA, you’ll need NBCSN. Everybody else, have a look at livesoccertv.
Premier League streaming
Sky Sports Go in the UK, and NBC Sports Live in the USA.
Here it is - #MUFC's starting XI for #WBAMUN! pic.twitter.com/wSFom3lKtz— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 17, 2017
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