Mourinho and Man United set to delay City's title again

EPL By: Linus Onyeze | 15/04/2018

Manchester United will hope to delay Manchester City’s winning of the Premier League once more as they welcome West Brom to Old Trafford on Sunday evening.

The Red Devils delayed City winning the title last week after coming from behind to win 3-2 in the Manchester derby, and with Pep Guardiola’s side beating Tottenham on Saturday evening, all they need is for United to lose to the Baggies for them to become Premier League champions today.

However, Jose Mourinho and his side will look to put a delay on that again, for another week, at least.

Team News

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku is expected to play after overcoming a sickness bug.

Back-up goalkeeper Sergio Romero remains injured, but defenders Phil Jones and Daley Blind have both trained this week and are available.

Ex-United defender Jonny Evans is a doubt for West Brom with a knee injury.

Nacer Chadli and Sam Field are in contention, having played for the under-23 side earlier this week, while Daniel Sturridge is also available.


West Brom have won three of the nine Premier League matches against Manchester United since Sir Alex Ferguson retired as United manager (D2, L4).

Of those three Baggies wins, two came at Old Trafford: 2-1 in September 2013 and 1-0 in May 2015.

United are looking to complete the league double over the Baggies for the first time since the 2011-12 season.

Match Facts

Manchester United

Manchester United have 71 points, which is already the most the Red Devils have managed across a single season since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.

United have won their last five league matches. It's their best sequence of results since a run of six victories between December 2016 and January 2017.

They have fallen behind in three of those five games but recovered to claim victory on each occasion.

United have kept a league-high 16 clean sheets this season with 11 of those coming in home fixtures.

They have only ever lost one Premier League game at Old Trafford to a side that began the day bottom of the table, to Blackburn in December 2011.

Romelu Lukaku scored a hat-trick for the Baggies in a 5-5 draw against United in 2013, which was Ferguson's last fixture in charge.

West Bromwich Albion

West Brom have taken just two points from the last 30 available to them (D2, L8).

They are winless in their last 15 Premier League away games, losing 11 and drawing four.

All of their seven away league points have come against teams that began the day in the top half of the table.

They have dropped a league-high 26 points from winning positions this season.

The Baggies have scored just 26 Premier League goals in 2017-18, the same total Manchester United have registered in the first half in games alone.