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Connolly could be in squad, Webster out for United test

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Latest team news and all you need to know ahead of Sunday's game at Old Trafford.

By Alex Stedman • 02 April 2021

By Paul Hazlewood
Aaron Connolly is in contention to be in the squad to face Manchester United this Sunday.

Albion are back in action after the latest international break as they head to face Manchester United on Sunday night, kick-off 7.30pm, live on BT Sport.

They will be looking to make it three Premier League victories in a row following wins over both Southampton and Newcastle United.

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Montage: Southampton 1 Albion 2

The most recent of those two wins was the home success over the Magpies last month, which saw Leandro Trossard, Danny Welbeck and Neal Maupay all find the net in a 3-0 victory. 

Manchester United were on the end of a 3-1 defeat to Leicester City last time out in the Emirates FA Cup.

A brace from Kelechi Iheanacho and a goal from Youri Tielemans cancelled out Mason Greenwood’s equaliser at the King Power Stadium.

Their last Premier League game was a 1-0 win over West Ham United at Old Trafford, when Craig Dawson scored an own goal.

Team news... 

Graham Potter provided an update when he spoke to the media on Friday afternoon.

The boss confirmed that Aaron Connolly has trained today after being substituted playing for the Republic of Ireland last week against Serbia, missing their last two games against Luxembourg and Qatar through injury. The 21-year-old could feature in the squad against Manchester United.

Adam Webster on the other hand will miss out on the trip to Old Trafford as he continues his recovery from an ankle injury.

Our last fixture…

Albion 3
Trossard (45)
Welbeck (51)
Maupay (68)

Newcastle 0

Albion line-up: Sanchez (GK); Veltman, White, Dunk, Moder (Propper 89); Bissouma, Gross, Lallana; Maupay, Welbeck (Zeqiri 83), Trossard (Mac Allister 79).

Subs not used: Steele (GK), Burn, Jahanbakhsh, Alzate, Izquierdo, Tau.


Their last fixture…

Leicester City 3
Iheanacho (24, 78)
Tielemans (52)

Manchester United 1
Greenwood (38)

Manchester United line-up: Henderson (GK); Lindelof, Maguire, Telles (Shaw 64), Wan-Bissaka; Pogba (Fernandes 64), Fred (Traore 84), Matic (McTominay 64), van de Beek (Cavani 64); Martial, Greenwood.

Subs not used: De Gea (GK), Williams, Tuanzebe, James.

The history…

Albion and Manchester United have played each other 25 times dating back to 1909.

Albion’s two Premier League victories over the Red Devils have both come at the Amex Stadium in May and August of 2018.

The first saw a Pascal Gross goal seal Premier League survival towards the end of the club’s first campaign in the division, before the German was on target again alongside Glenn Murray and Shane Duffy in a 3-2 win at the start of the following campaign. Albion will be looking for their first win at Old Trafford on Sunday. 

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Highlights: Albion 1 Man United 0

The last time the two sides met in the league, it was United who gatecrashed the Amex and stole three points late on, again by a 3-2 scoreline, thanks to Bruno Fernandes’ penalty ten minutes into added time.

The United Player to Watch…

By Bennett Dean
Bruno Fernandes scored the winner against Albion in their last meeting.

Bruno Fernandes continues to impress having scored 23 times in all competitions for United this season, averaging a goal every 152 minutes.

The midfielder has also registered 13 assists this term and created 96 chances in total for the Red Devils.

The Portuguese international scored the decisive goal in United’s 3-2 win back at the Amex in September.

His last goal for the club came in the Manchester derby last month, when United ran out 2-0 winners  at the Etihad.

Match Officials…

Referee: Mike Dean. Assistants: Darren Cann, Dan Robathan. Fourth official: Andy Madley. 

VAR: Peter Bankes. Assistant VAR: Matthew Wilkes.