Manchester United vs West Brom in two Old Trafford friendlies before Premier League return

Manchester United vs West Brom in two Old Trafford friendlies before Premier League return
Manchester United split a pair of behind-closed-doors friendlies against Championship promotion candidates West Brom at Old Trafford on Friday, 

with Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes lining up together for the primary time.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men took on the Baggies in two different 90-minute games – with teams arriving separately –

as they stepped up preparations for his or her first fixture of the Premier League’s resumption against Tottenham in seven days’ time.

United – whose scheduled friendly against Stoke City on Tuesday was cancelled at the eleventh hour after Potters boss Michael 

O’Neill tested positive for Covid-19 – confirmed that they narrowly lost the primary practice encounter 2-1, 

before Andreas Pereira’s brace and an extra effort from young winger Tahith Chong sealed a 3-1 triumph within the second contest.

No doubt much to the thrill of United fans, Pogba and Fernandes featured as a midfield tandem for the primary time within the same match against West Brom, 

having previously been placed on opposing sides for intra-squad friendlies at Old Trafford and Carrington.

Pogba missed much of the season through injury before English football’s coronavirus shutdown, 

meaning he has yet to play alongside impressive January recruit Fernandes during a competitive fixture.

The likes of Marcus Rashford and Odion Ighalo were also pictured in action against Slaven Bilic’s Baggies, 

who currently sit second within the Championship and resume their promotion campaign with a derby against Midlands rivals Birmingham City on June 20.

Some players were retained for both matches as Solskjaer looks to make sure his whole squad are fighting fit the Premier League’s imminent return.

If United are ready to beat Spurs at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium next Friday, they might rise above Chelsea and into the highest four on goal difference, 

with Frank Lampard’s side not resuming their season until a visit to Aston Villa on summer solstice .

Solskjaer’s team were in strong form before English football’s shutdown, going 11 League matches unbeaten, 

progressing through to the FA Cup quarter-finals and also taking a commanding 5-0 first-leg lead against Austrian side LASK Linz in their Europa League last-16 tie.


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