Manchester United hosted Championship side, West Brom, on Friday behind a close door friendly at Old Trafford. Man Utd vs West Brom Friendly: Manchester United lose friendly to Championship side West Brom
Manchester United‘s preparations for the Premier League restart have hit a snag after they were beaten 2-1 by Championship side West Brom in a friendly on Friday.
The Red Devils lost the first of two matches against the Baggies at Old Trafford, before rallying to win the second contest 3-1.
Both games were played behind-closed-doors at the famous venue as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team prepares to take on Tottenham away on June 19 in their first league match since the coronavirus hiatus.
Bruno Fernandes scored a penalty in the opening match where United lost 2-1 with the reports indicating that the Portuguese started alongside Paul Pogba in the game.
In the second game, Andreas Pereira netted a brace whilst Tahith Chong added the third with reports indicating that some of United’s players featured in both games.
Odion Ighalo spearheaded the attack during the second 90 minutes, with Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Fred, and Scott McTominay also featured.
Pogba and Fernandes will likely feature in their first competitive match together when the Red Devils aim to extend their 11-match unbeaten run in all competitions against Spurs.
With all the players fit, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is having a selection headache ahead of their tie with Tottenham more so in midfield with the likes of Fred, Mc Tominay and Nemanja Matic having done well when Pogba was out with an injury.
The Reds stars did not eat at the stadium, instead taking pre-prepared food home as the club continues to work hard to ensure a safe environment due to the coronavirus pandemic.
With minutes in the tank, it was another valuable exercise for Ole and his coaching team as the anticipation really starts to build for the game at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, and a chance to extend an unbeaten run that stood at 11 games before the Premier League was put on hold in March.
Squad for the first match: Nathan Bishop, Sergio Romero, Diogo Dalot, Teden Mengi, Axel Tuanzebe, Eric Bailly, Brandon Williams, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Angel Gomes, Pogba, Fernandes, Nemanja Matic, Daniel James, Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial, and Marcus Rashford.
Squad for the Second match: David de Gea, Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, Phil Jones, Scott McTominay, A. Pereira, Jesse Lingard, Tahith Chong, James Garner, and Odion Ighalo.