Details From Manchester United’s Friendlies Against West Brom

Manchester United's Marcus Rashford is congratulated by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as he is substituted.

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For fans of the Premier League, less than a week of waiting remains as June 17 will see matchday resumption.

In preparation for the same, clubs have been upping their training and even participating in closed-door friendlies. This is clearly to ensure that the players who have been out of action for nearly three months now will ease into things while also giving everyone involved a taste of the eerie empty stadium.

As such, leaked training information and friendly results are just about all the action that fans have been able to savor from English football.

In that regard, Man United fans may be in for a rude surprise.

It is understood that the Red Devils played against West Bromwich Albion in a two-game friendly session. As per MEN, United lost the first of these fixtures 2-1 while the second one was won by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side with a favorable 3-1 scoreline.

The highlight of the first game which ended in a loss was that Pogba and Fernandes were paired up in the midfield for the first time.

It is understood that the midfield nexus shared by the two maestros was an impressive affair. Incidentally, a change in penalty duties may be on the cards as United’s sole goal in that fixture was netted by Fernandes from a penalty kick.

It certainly appears that the lineup of the first game is a more telling indication of what Solskjaer may go ahead with for the rest of the campaign, especially the attacking trident of Daniel James, Anthony Martial, and Marcus Rashford.

However, the fact that United ended up losing that friendly is a bigger point than the rapport shared by the midfielders.

The second friendly was a more eventful affair for the Red Devils as an altered lineup saw none other than Andreas Pereira score a brace while Tahith Chong supplied the third one. This lineup was more according to United’s normal defensive options with David De Gea, Luke Shaw, Harry Maguire, and Aaron Wan-Bissaka featuring against the Championship side.

Given that first loss, Solskjaer better be readying up amendments ahead of the resumption clash against Tottenham Hotspur on June 19.