Preview: Webster to miss Old Trafford trip

Albion are back in Premier League action on Sunday afternoon, heading north to Old Trafford to face Manchester United, kick-off 2pm. Graham Potter's side come into the contest with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men on the back of a 2-0 victory over Norwich City last time out at the Amex Stadium.

By Alex Stedman • 08 November 2019

By Paul Hazlewood
Adam Webster will miss this weekend's game with Manchester United.

The Seagulls will be aiming to make it three victories in a row following last weekend’s success over Daniel Farke’s men and the dramatic 3-2 victory over Everton the week before. Albion’s last game on the road was a last-gasp 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa at Villa Park.

This weekend’s opposition come into the game on the back of a 3-0 against Partizan Belgrade in the Europa League last night, with the trio of Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford finding the back of the net. Last time out in the Premier League, the Red Devils went down 1-0 away to AFC Bournemouth, as the Cherries claimed three points thanks to Josh King’s goal.

By Paul Hazlewood
Shane Duffy celebrates scoring against Norwich City last weekend.


Team news…

Graham Potter has confirmed that the Seagulls will still be without Bernardo and Jose Izquierdo for the game on Sunday. Adam Webster will also miss the game this weekend after the defender was forced to leave the field against Norwich City last weekend through injury. 

In his pre-match press conference, he gave an update and said, “Adam Webster has injured his ankle ligaments, he has had a good week and responded well - but he won’t be available for the game on Sunday.

“We’re looking at the other side of the international break and we’ll go from there. I don’t like to put timescales on it."

This weekend’s hosts could welcome Victor Lindelof back into the fold on Sunday, who missed last night's Europa League game at Old Trafford, while Ashley Young is suspended. Scott McTominay also left the field on 75 minutes on Thursday evening after sustaining a knock to his ankle. 

When asked if any of the injured players will be back after the game with Partizan Belgrade, Solskjaer replied: “Hopefully Scott [McTominay], and hopefully Victor as well, but I don’t know because he hasn’t trained this week. It’s his back.

Meanwhile, the quartet of Axel Tuanzebe, Phil Jones, Luke Shaw and Eric Bailly are all in the treatment room, and the other long-term absentees Solskjaer has to contend with are Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Diogo Dalot, Angel Gomes and Timothy Fosu-Mensah.


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Extended highlights: Albion 2 Norwich 0


Our last fixture…

Albion 2
Trossard (68)
Duffy (84)

Norwich City 0

Albion line-up: Ryan (GK); Montoya, Webster (Duffy 36), Dunk (c), Burn; Gross (Trossard 59), Stephens, Propper, Alzate, Maupay, Connolly (Schelotto 86).

Subs not used: Button (GK), Mooy, March, Murray.

Their last fixture… 

Manchester United 3
Greenwood (21)
Martial (33)
Rashford (49)

Partizan Belgrade 0

Manchester United line-up: Romero (GK); Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Rojo, Young; Mata, Fred (Garner 63), McTominay (Lingard 75), Martial; Rashford (Pereira 67), Greenwood.

Subs not used: Grant (GK), Jones, Williams, James.

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Marcus Rashford celebrates scoring against Chelsea last month.

Manchester United’s player to watch… 

Marcus Rashford has notched nine times in all competitions so far this term for both club and country. His first goals of the new season came on the opening day, scoring a brace in a convincing 4-0 win over Chelsea at Old Trafford. A decisive goal on home soil against Leicester City followed in the middle of September, before he also struck in England’s 6-0 win away to Bulgaria in October.

Further strikes in the Premier League against both Liverpool and Norwich City followed, before a stunning free-kick away to Chelsea in the Carabao Cup sealed a 2-1 win. Last night Rashford scored the side’s third against Partizan Belgrade as Solskjaer’s men advanced to the knockout stages of the Europa League.

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