This could be a very interesting game of football. Not so much the game itself: West Brom are 20th in the table, six points adrift of 19th, and if United can’t win this one then they should all be taken outside and roundly flogged. Teams in relegation scraps are always unpredictable things, but United simply must not mess this one up. If they do, City will be champions.
But the really interesting thing will be the team selection. With the exception of back-up goalkeeper Sergio Romero, Jose Mourinho has a fully fit squad to choose from. Not a single injury. Not a single absence. And, with all due respect to West Brom, no real need to make specific accommodation for the opposition. And so today might offer a tantalising glimpse into Mourinho’s mind. What does he think his best team is?
This question is particularly pointed in a week where both Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford have been named in the press as being unhappy with their lot. In his pre-game press conference, Mourinho preferred to direct attention away from the players that aren’t playing, and towards those that are. But ultimately both, particularly Martial, will want to play football. Let’s see if they get the chance.
Premier League schedule
We kickoff at 16:00 local time, which translates to a perfectly acceptable 11:00 on the east coast of the USA and a bright and shiny 8:00 over on the west. Morning!
Premier League TV channel
You’ll need Sky Sports Main Event or Sky Sports Premier League in the UK, and NBCSN in the USA. For everybody else, livesoccertv.com should sort you out.
Premier League streaming
SkyGo in the UK, NBC Sports Live in the USA.
Prediction: David de Gea; Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling; Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera; Anthony Martial, Alexis Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford
Update: Jose Mourinho, the coward, appears to prefer 4-3-3 to 2-3-5.