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Pundits make their Manchester United vs West Brom predictions

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Manchester United are back in action this weekend as they take on West Brom at Old Trafford.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping it will be fifth-time lucky on Saturday as his side are looking to secure a Premier League win at home for the first time this season.

Defeats to Crystal Palace, Tottenham and Arsenal have left United with a solitary point to their name at the Theatre of Dreams this term after the goalless draw with Chelsea.

With 18th-place West Brom coming to town, who are still yet to win in at home or away, anything but three points will not go down well with supporters.

With that in mind, here’s a look at how some of the national media’s pundits are predicting the outcome.

Michael Owen – BetVictor

“West Brom come into this after a string of poor results. Aside from putting three past Chelsea, they haven’t looked great at the back and have been equally poor going forward.

“United have still to find their rhythm and they must find a way to get their best players all on the pitch at the same time, which is obviously easier said than done.

“You can’t keep Pogba on the bench, and if he can’t secure a regular place in the side soon, he may have to consider his options.

“For all United are inconsistent, they are up against a side that are really struggling, and I expect them to win this comfortably.”

Prediction: Manchester United 2-0 West Brom

Mark Lawrenson – BBC Sport

“Manchester United have not won at home in the Premier League this season but that really has to change on Saturday.

“United had a very good win at Everton last time out but, on top of their collapse against Spurs, they have struggled to break teams down at Old Trafford, notably when they lost to Crystal Palace on the opening weekend of the season.

“I think this is just the way United are at the moment, and the lack of a crowd certainly doesn’t help, but I still expect them to find a way past the Baggies.

“If they don’t, they have got big problems.”

Prediction: Manchester United 3-0 West Brom

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United get their Premier League campaign back underway on Saturday when they welcome strugglers West Brom to Old Trafford.

The under-pressure Reds came from behind to beat Everton last time out thanks to Bruno Fernandes’ double and Edinson Cavani’s first goal for United.

The players are returning from the two-week international break, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping to have as few injury and fitness concerns as possible among the stars coming back from international duty.

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Dimitar Berbatov – Betfair

“Edinson Cavani was sent off for a rash challenge while playing for Uruguay against Brazil in midweek. I don’t think this necessarily shows there’s fire in the forward. We already knew he had plenty of passion, otherwise, he wouldn’t have such a fantastic goal-scoring record.

“I want the big Uruguayan to score more for United, after getting his first against Everton a couple of weeks ago, but to do that he needs to play more minutes.

“I want to see Cavani play down the middle, with Anthony Martial on the left and Marcus Rashford to the right. When he has come on, Cavani has looked sharp so far for United and made some excellent runs. At 33, he’s in great shape and, with young guys around him, he could be lethal for United.

“Saturday’s home match against struggling West Brom would be a perfect opportunity for Solskjaer to play Cavani in the centre of the United attack.”

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