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Here’s what happened in West Brom’s friendly double header at Manchester United

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Manchester United and West Brom played out two 60-minute friendlies at Old Trafford on Friday afternoon as both sides step up their respective preparations for the return of competitive football next week.

 

Albion host Birmingham City at The Hawthorns on next Saturday, while United head to the capital to tackle Tottenham Hotspur – promotion to the Premier League and qualification for the Champions League are the respective ambitions of the Baggies and the Red Devils.

Ahead of those returns to action, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Slaven Bilic organised a double header to help the fitness levels of all the players before those meetings, believed to be an hour long apiece.

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According to reports, the Baggies won one of the matches 2-1, while United emerged victorious in the other, 3-1.

Exactly how Albion lined up in each fixture remains to be seen, though the Manchester Evening News claims that the United teams that went toe to toe with their visitors are as follows…
Players pictured in first group of arrivals
Romero, Bishop; Bailly, Tuanzebe, Mengi, Williams, Dalot, Fosu-Mensah; Matic, Pogba, Fernandes, Gomes; James, Greenwood, Rashford, Martial

Players pictured in second group of arrivals
De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Lindelof, Shaw; Garner, Fred, McTominay, Pereira, Lingard, Chong, Mata; Ighalo.

Forward and England international Marcus Rashford took to social media to share his delight in returning to the field of play, ahead of the big kick-off.

Sharing a series of photos of himself in action against Albion players including Jack Fitzwater and Rekeem Harper, Rashford tweeted: “Loved every minute of it.”

This is Albion’s second set of friendly matches, after their drew 2-2 with rivals Aston Villa at Villa Park last Saturday. It’s understood that Bilic and Albion have plans to play 11 v 11 matches among themselves at The Hawthorns in the coming week.

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PICTURES: Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell join Chelsea training

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Chelsea returned to training today (Wednesday) at Cobham, and there were two new faces joining the rest of the squad, Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell. The two summer arrivals had yet to train with the squad since signing, dealing with quarantine (presumably) and heel injury issues, respectively.

It’s unclear if either will be fit and ready for this weekend’s match against Liverpool, but it’s still nice to see them in training with the rest of the group! (Those who played on Monday apparently had a lighter session, but were all out there nonetheless.)

There’s no word on how close Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic may be. Ziyech is probably still a couple weeks out with his knee problem, at least, but Pulisic was supposed to be close before suffering a potential setback with his hamstring late last week. Neither were pictured in training, and one would assume their presence would get emphasized had they been there.

Pointing the way Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

Pointing the way Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

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