Middlesbrough vs Manchester United, Premier League: when is it, what TV channel is it on and what are the betting odds?

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David De Gea might face a shot against Middlesbrough, now that they've parted company with Aitor Karanka - ACTION IMAGES
David De Gea might face a shot against Middlesbrough, now that they've parted company with Aitor Karanka - ACTION IMAGES

What is it?

Temporarily non-managered Middlesbrough face Manchester United, in what the Premier League are calling "a football match".

When is it?

This coming Sunday, 19 March 2017.

What time is kick-off?

Midday. 12.00 GMT if you prefer numbers and acronyms to words. You robot. 

What TV channel is it on?

BT Sport 1, HD and 4K is your best bet. All three will be showing this. 

What is the team news?

Interim head coach Steve Agnew is hoping to have Bernardo Espinosa and Rudy Gestede available for his first game in charge of Middlesbrough against Manchester United on Sunday.

<span>Steve Agnew will take charge of Boro on Sunday</span> <span>Credit: REX </span>
Steve Agnew will take charge of Boro on Sunday Credit: REX

Defender Espinosa and striker Gestede limped out of last Saturday's 2-0 FA Cup quarter-final defeat by Manchester City with hamstring problems, but both have resumed training with the latter closer than the former to making himself available.

Midfielder Adlene Guedioura is available after being cup-tied last weekend, but Boro will once again have to do without injured defensive trio George Friend (calf), Daniel Ayala (hamstring) and Calum Chambers (foot).

Provisional squad: Valdes, Guzan, Barragan, Fabio, Gibson, Espinosa, Husband, Fry, De Roon, Clayton, Forshaw, Leadbitter, Guedioura, Downing, Stuani, Traore, Fischer, Negredo, Gestede, Bamford.

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Suspended Manchester United duo Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ander Herrera will be joined on the sidelines at Middlesbrough by injured midfielder Paul Pogba.

Ibrahimovic and Herrera are serving domestic bans as Jose Mourinho's men arrive at the Riverside Stadium for a match Pogba will miss with a hamstring injury sustained in the midweek Europa League win against Rostov.

Daley Blind is a doubt for Sunday after sustaining a bump to the head and captain Wayne Rooney's availability is unclear after sustaining a training ground knock. Anthony Martial, Luke Shaw and Bastian Schweinsteiger will be hoping to be selected after training away from the main group ahead of the Rostov game.

Provisional squad: De Gea, Romero, Valencia, Jones, Rojo, Smalling, Bailly, Blind, Darmian, Shaw, Young, Carrick, Fellaini, Schweinsteiger, Mata, Lingard, Mkhitaryan, Rooney, Martial, Rashford.

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What are they saying?

The Premier League just doesn't care about Manchester United, according to Jose Mourinho.

The United manager complained about the congested schedule on Thursday, saying his team shouldn't have to get back on the field early on Sunday after playing in the Europa League on Thursday night.

"They simply don't care," Mourinho said after United reached the Europa League quarterfinals by beating Rostov 1-0. "In other countries they try to do that little support to the teams in Europe. But here it is difficult. We go Sunday at 12 o'clock. Why? Why us? So it's going to be even more difficult for us."

United played in the FA Cup on Monday, losing to Chelsea. They then had to play Thursday in the second leg of the Europa League. And the team now has only Friday and Saturday off before and an early wake-up call on Sunday to face Middlesbrough in the Premier League.

"We should be the last team to play in the weekend, it is as simple as that," Mourinho said. "We should play Monday. Or we should play the last match on Sunday. Not 12 o'clock. At least let us sleep a little bit on Sunday, right?"

<span>Credit: AFP </span>
Credit: AFP

United are in sixth place in the Premier League with 49 points, six points behind fourth-place Liverpool and the coveted Champions League places.

On Thursday, United produced a lethargic performance in beating Russian club Rostov 1-0 and also lost midfielder Paul Pogba to a hamstring injury.

Mourinho said it was no surprise United are picking up injuries "due to an accumulation of fatigue."

"He was already feeling something in the first half and immediately he felt he couldn't carry on in the second. Even a physical monster like him felt it," Mourinho said. "He was one of the players who never had a rest, because he played every game."

United defender Marcos Rojo even ate a banana on the field toward the end of the game to try to boost his energy levels - indicative, Mourinho said, of a player "at their limit."

"I did not think it was a funny situation. When I watch marathons, when I watch other sports and people go to the limit, I don't think it's funny," Mourinho said. "I don't think it's funny that some of our players have played 11 matches in six weeks." 

What are the odds?

Boro: 5/1
Man Utd: 8/11
The draw: 14/5

What's our prediction?

Over to Luke Edwards:

"Steve Agnew is not taking charge of the Middlesbrough team as a caretaker, he is being given an opportunity to show he has what it takes to do the job on a permanent basis. It is a crucial difference, although it is difficult to see Borobeating Manchester United. Jose Mourinho claimed he can see his team losing this weekend, but it is mind games."
Prediction: 0-2

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