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Man Utd to play West Brom TWICE at Old Trafford on Friday as Solskjaer builds up to Spurs showdown

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MANCHESTER UNITED will play West Brom twice on Friday as they continue their preparations to play Tottenham the following week.

The Red Devils were due to play Stoke in a behind-closed-doors friendly on Tuesday.


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 Manchester United face two friendlies with West Brom on Friday as they continue to prepare for the return of the Premier League

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Manchester United face two friendlies with West Brom on Friday as they continue to prepare for the return of the Premier LeagueCredit: Getty Images – Getty

But the match at Carrington was cancelled just minutes before kick-off when the Potters boss Michael O’Neill tested positive for coronavirus.

The Championship side were forced to pack up their stuff and make a swift exit.

Instead, the Premier League giants played another intra-squad friendly to get more minutes in the legs.

That added to another game played among the Red Devils team on Saturday, which finished in a thrilling 4-4 draw as Luke Shaw grabbed a double.

And now United are planning to take on West Brom, twice.

Both matches will take place at Old Trafford and give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a chance to cast his eye over most of his squad.

There will then just be a week to go before United return to Premier League action.


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So players will be desperate to make an impression on Solskjaer but also build up their fitness levels to avoid injuries.

Manchester United travel to North London for an 8.15pm kick-off on June 19, two days after Aston Villa and Sheffield United get the season back underway.

And it means a reunion with former manager Jose Mourinho as both sides look to put together a string of good results.

United sit fifth on 45 points while Spurs are three places and four points further back – but know the final Champions League spot is still a possibility.

Slaven Bilic’s side are going well in their hunt to be promoted back in to the Premier League.

They sit just one point off leaders Leeds but six clear of third-place Fulham with nine matches to go.

West Brom restart their season with a home clash against Birmingham next Saturday.

But if United think the West Brom matches will be a walk in the park, they need only look at how Arsenal got on with their friendly against Brentford.

Like West Brom, the Bees are mounting a promotion push and rocked up to the Emirates, beating a rusty Gunners side 3-2.

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Wayne Rooney in action against ex-United man Darren Fletcher before the Baggies were relegatedCredit: Rex Features
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Maddison holds up T-shirt to honour late Leicester club doctor who died this summer after stunning strike at Man City

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LEICESTER CITY star James Maddison celebrated scoring against Manchester City by holding a T-shirt in tribute to a club doctor who died this summer.

The Foxes midfielder bent in a beautiful goal to make it 4-1 to Brendan Rodgers’ side.

James Maddison paid a beautiful tribute to Leicester club doctor Stuart Birtwistle who died this summer

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James Maddison paid a beautiful tribute to Leicester club doctor Stuart Birtwistle who died this summerCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Maddison then ran over to the dugout where he was handed a white T-shirt.

The 23-year-old held it up to an empty stand, where it showed a photo of Stuart “Bertie” Birtwistle standing by the Premier League trophy the club won in 2016.

According to TV presenter Anna Soubry, ‘lovely man’ Birtwhistle died ‘this summer after a long fight with cancer’.

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Man City 2 Leicester 5: Jamie Vardy hat-trick tears Pep Guardiola’s shaky defence apart

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JAMIE VARDY scored an incredible hat-trick to fire Leicester to a 5-2 win at Manchester City.

The veteran striker was in deadly form as Pep Guardiola’s shaky defence was unable to handle the pressure at the Etihad.

Jamie Vardy scored a hat-trick as Leicester beat Man City 5-2 at the Etihad

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Jamie Vardy scored a hat-trick as Leicester beat Man City 5-2 at the EtihadCredit: Getty Images – Getty

James Maddison also netted a scorcher from distance in the dominant win.

And Youri Tielemans sealed City’s misery with a late penalty.

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Bournemouth 1-0 Norwich: Arnaut Danjuma strike ensures Cherries stay unbeaten

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Contrasting summers followed these teams’ relegations from the Premier League.

Bournemouth saw a long-serving manager depart, replaced by his assistant and prominent players Nathan Ake, Callum Wilson and others sold with nobody brought in.

Norwich kept faith in Daniel Farke and have managed to keep most of their Premier League squad together. Even Max Aarons, coveted by Barcelona, AC Milan and other members of European football’s elite, remains in yellow. Useful-looking reinforcements have been signed. 

Arnaut Danjuma scored the winner for Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon against Norwich

Arnaut Danjuma scored the winner for Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon against Norwich

Arnaut Danjuma scored the winner for Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon against Norwich 

The Nigerian scored superbly from 25 years, smashing into the bottom corner 35 minutes in

The Nigerian scored superbly from 25 years, smashing into the bottom corner 35 minutes in

The Nigerian scored superbly from 25 years, smashing into the bottom corner 35 minutes in

Norwich are no longer unbeaten in the Championship and will need to improve to rise back up

Norwich are no longer unbeaten in the Championship and will need to improve to rise back up

Norwich are no longer unbeaten in the Championship and will need to improve to rise back up

And yet it was Bournemouth who took the three points. Such are the vagaries of life back in the Championship.

Arnaut Danjuma, a player who flitted in and out of Eddie Howe’s team last season as he struggled with injuries, proved their match-winner with a goal of genuine class.

Norwich rallied strongly after half-time and created more but Bournemouth proved resolute. Steve Cook seemed to head away everything that came into the Cherries’ penalty area. They preserved their unbeaten league start while ending their opponents’.

But it’s early days yet and both clubs will surely feature in the promotion shake-up. Such is the rat-a-tat-tat pace of this division, defeats can quickly be remedied. Over 46 games, you’re bound to lose a few. 

Bournemouth have started the season well since losing club icon Eddie Howe this sumer

Bournemouth have started the season well since losing club icon Eddie Howe this sumer

Bournemouth have started the season well since losing club icon Eddie Howe this sumer

Long periods of the first half lacked the crackle you might expect from a meeting between two supposed promotion favourites. There was no shortage of neat – but safe – passing and some misguided attempts from both teams to play out from the back that only invited trouble.

The first chance of note went Bournemouth’s way, a sharp shot by Dominic Solanke that Tim Krul did well to beat away given a couple of yellow shirts were moving across his field of vision.

Down the other end, the engaged Onel Hernandez drifted in from the right and struck a powerful effort that Asmir Begovic turned aside for a corner.

Early blows exchanged, both teams soon lost momentum and the crowdless Vitality Stadium echoed with shouts of frustration.

Not least from Krul, who yelled at his defenders to close Bournemouth players down numerous times before Philip Billing chipped in a back post cross that was met by Jack Stacey whose header forced the Dutchman into a save. 

The Canaries dominated possession and largely matched the hosts but couldn't find a goal

The Canaries dominated possession and largely matched the hosts but couldn't find a goal

The Canaries dominated possession and largely matched the hosts but couldn’t find a goal 

It turned out to be a warning that Norwich didn’t heed. Bournemouth’s opener, on 35 minutes, was a lovely move and an equally lovely finish from Danjuma.

Stacey began things on the right touchline, playing a pass infield to Jefferson Lerma, who moved the ball on to Danjuma on the edge of the Norwich box.

His backheel completely wrong-footed Christoph Zimmermann and opened up space to sweep a low, left-footed shot into the bottom corner.

Running to a pitchside TV camera, Danjuma rolled up his shirt to reveal a ‘Stay strong Lloyd’ message presumably in reference to team-mate Lloyd Kelly, who has suffered another injury setback.

Norwich hadn’t been at their best. There were odd glimpses of attacking intent but most of their creative players were quiet in the first-half. Aarons showed his class with a cheeky flick but otherwise struggled for impact.

Josh King is one of the players Bournemouth have managed to hold onto so far this summer

Josh King is one of the players Bournemouth have managed to hold onto so far this summer

Josh King is one of the players Bournemouth have managed to hold onto so far this summer

On the stroke of half-time, however, Teemu Pukki got to the byline and cut back to Lukas Rupp on the edge of the ‘D’. His sharp shot was saved well by Begovic to preserve Bournemouth’s just about merited lead. 

Danjuma had a good chance to make his afternoon even better within seconds of the restart. Solanke’s scooped ball over the Norwich defence had the Dutchman in the clear but he skewed wide.

Solanke then drove forward through the centre but ignored two options in space to his right to shoot tamely.

Norwich’s players screamed for a penalty when Aarons went down under pressure from Adam Smith but referee James Linington waved away the appeals. With no VAR in the Championship, there was nothing else Norwich could do.

Daniel Farke needs to start bringing in results for Norwich to bounce-back into the top-flight

Daniel Farke needs to start bringing in results for Norwich to bounce-back into the top-flight

Daniel Farke needs to start bringing in results for Norwich to bounce-back into the top-flight

Moments later, Solanke headed over when well placed at the other end after more good work by Danjuma. That would have put the game to bed.

But that was a rare foray forward for Bournemouth after the break. Norwich were camped inside their half with Aarons and Hernandez to the fore as they started to create openings.

Kenny McLean looped a header just over the bar seconds before being taken off. Farke threw on Adam Idah and Jordan Hugill to boost the attack but the equaliser proved elusive. 

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