Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claims playing behind closed doors is a different sensation ahead of the visit of West Brom on Saturday.
Slaven Bilic’s side are looking for their first win of the season when they face a United side that has amassed just one point from their first four home matches.
Only Burnley have a worse home record than the Red Devils and Solskjaer said that United no longer had the Stretford End scoring a goal for them.
“It’s something we want to correct and get our first win hopefully against West Brom but it’s a different sensation playing in front of the Stretford End without fans, they normally score a goal for us,” he said (via Manchester Evening News).
Solskjaer also delivered his verdict on Bilic ahead of West Brom’s visit to Old Trafford and it seems that the two former Premier League players got to know each other quite well on the pitch.
The Man United manager added: “Slaven is a good coach, I’ve known him for many years, chirping in my ear when I was playing against him. I expect a good team who will come and cause us problems, but I focus on us and I want to see more of what we’ve been good at. I want to see us dominate.”
Saturday represents a great opportunity for the Baggies to earn their first win of the season, with United really struggling to perform at Old Trafford so far this term.
Bilic showed the ability to set his side up well against one of the traditional big six in the last match against Tottenham Hotspur, with West Brom holding Jose Mourinho’s side until an 88th minute winner from Harry Kane. The return to a 5-3-2 formation proved effective and this could work against a United side that seem to play their best football on the break.
Crystal Palace used this strategy to devastating effect on the opening day of the season, and the energy and creativity of Filip Krovinovic, Conor Gallagher and Matheus Pereira on the counter-attack could cause United problems.
Solskjaer’s side are also without a number of key players due to injury (via Premier Injuries), so Bilic and his team should take confidence into the match.
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