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MANCHESTER UNITED is back in the Premier League against West Brom and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has created some surprises with his squad selection

Paul Pogba is not part of the squad at all while Donny van de Beek is only on the bench after showing promises in his previous appearances

West Bromwich Albion and Manchester United players head to Old Trafford pitch

Alex Telles is set to make his Premier League debut with Manchester United tonight and, in doing so, will become the seventh Brazilian to play in a top-level game for Old Trafford Club

Left-back follows in the footsteps of Anderson, Kleberson, Rafael, Fabio, Fred and Andreas Pereira by bringing some samba to Salford

West Brom boss Slaven Bilic laments the upheaval in his team caused by Covid-19 and talks about the four changes he made for this meeting

“We didn’t need to shoot when we had a few weeks off with the international games

“We’ve had a few cases A few players are back in [Branislav] Ivanovic and [Matheus] Pereira, but Jake Livermore and Kieran Gibbs have tested positive and are out of today’s game

“We have a few other players, who have been positive and missed ten days of training, but are back with the squad and in the starting lineup for tonight”

Ahead of kick-off, Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spoke about his side’s selection, including reasons for Paul Pogba’s absence and Alex Telles’ Premier League debut

“Paul [Pogba] suffered an ankle injury against Sweden in his last game [for France]. He tried to finish a session yesterday, but the situation got worse and worse and he is therefore unavailable I hope he will be fine for Tuesday

“Alex [Telles] replaces Luke [Shaw] and Nemanja [Matic] replaces Scott [McTominay], who has been all over the world – he has been to Serbia, Slovakia and Israel in the last nine days

“It’s a great chance for [Alex Telles], he’s been waiting a long time to make his Premier League debut for us

“But he’s also worked hard throughout his career. He’s had a few hits, but he’s got fantastic character and qualities

“It’s worrying not to win games in the league, we don’t have the points we should have for different reasons and this is a chance to put things right”

Can Manchester United finally register a league win at Old Trafford, or will West Bromwich kick off their season with another memorable day away?

As if ending their terrible home run wasn’t enough, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side now have more incentive to record a win over West Bromwich Albion tonight

Following Manchester City’s 2-0 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – where the final whistle has just sounded – three points for United tonight will lead them on their city rivals and into the top half of the table Premier League

Alongside Arsenal, West Bromwich Albion are one of two teams to concede a goal in the opening 15 minutes of a Premier League game this season

Following the announcement of their starting lineup tonight, West Bromwich Albion have confirmed that the missing duo, Kieran Gibbs and Jake Livermore, have tested positive for Covid-19

Slaven Bilić has confirmed that Jake Livermore and Kieran Gibbs will miss today’s match after testing positive for COVID-19 #MUNWBA | #WBA

It’s four changes for Slaven Bilic after West Brom’s narrow home loss to Tottenham Hotspur Branislav Ivanovic is back to take his place in a back five as three of their four-way midfield are different; come Mattheus Pereira, Romaine Sawyers and Grady Diangana with Jake Livermore, Filip Krovinovic and Callum Robinson missing Karlan Grant is the only striker in his 5-4-1 form

1 Johnstone, 2 Furlong, 6 Ajayi, 5 Bartley, 20 Ivanovic, 14 Townsend, 12 Pereira, 19 Sawyers, 18 Gallagher, 11 Diangana, 29 Grant

26 Henderson, 7 Cavani, 21 James, 33 Williams, 34 Van de Beek, 38 Tuanzebe, 39 McTominay

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer makes two changes to Manchester United squad who won at Everton before the international break Alex Telles was fit enough to start and takes Luke Shaw’s place at left-back while Nemanja Matic replaces Scott McTominay in midfield It’s the usual 4-2-3-1 formation for United with Marcus Rashford on the left, after recovering from his shoulder injury, and Anthony Martial up front

1 De Gea, 29 Wan-Bissaka, 2 Lindelof, 5 Maguire, 27 Alex Telles, 17 Fred, 31 Matic, 8 Mata, 18 Fernandes, 10 Rashford, 9 Martial

West Bromwich Albion are winless in their eight Premier League appearances so far this season (D3, L5) and have failed to score in four of their last five appearances

The 1985-86 campaign is the only time in their history that Albion has made up to nine league games without a win at the start of a season when they failed to register a win before beat Birmingham at home in game number 13

The team they faced in the ninth game without a win? Manchester United in a 5-1 defeat to the Hawthorns

It won’t be surprising to learn that the Baggies have finished bottom of the top flight this season and have been relegated

No team has gained more points from losing positions than Manchester United’s nine in the Premier League this season

The Red Devils have returned to win three of the five games they have lagged behind, most recently in their 3-1 win at Everton ahead of the international break

Indeed, the only game United has opened the scoring in this season was the 6-1 home loss to Tottenham in October

West Bromwich Albion have won three of their last five away visits to Manchester United in the Premier League (D1, L1), including their visit in April 2018 when Jay Rodriguez scored the game’s only goal

Prior to this run, the Baggies had won just one of their 31 away games at Old Trafford in the league

Welcome to our live coverage of tonight’s Premier League match between Manchester United and West Bromwich Albion

A return to national football and a return to Old Trafford would normally be a reason for Manchester United to be merry – but the Theater of Dreams has proven to be the scene of screaming so far this campaign

The Red Devils haven’t won any of their four home league games this season, dropping three in the process to Crystal Palace, Tottenham and Arsenal

Indeed, United haven’t taken three points on their own patch since July 4 when they beat Bournemouth 5-2 in the project restart

However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side won’t have a better chance to straighten out their recent home form and bring back memories of Independence Day than a game against West Bromwich Albion

The Baggies have yet to see success since being promoted back to the top flight and have only managed three draws in eight games, leaving them rooted in the relegation zone

To make matters worse, Slaven Bilic’s squad were disrupted by Covid-19 and several unnamed players tested positive during the international break

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