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

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.

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.

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.

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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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