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Premier League

  • 11 March 2012
  • • 14:00
  • • Old Trafford, Manchester
  • Referee: L. Probert
  • • Attendance: 75598

Manchester United - West Brom Preview: Visitors seeking first league win over Red Devils since 1984

The Baggies are hoping to cause an upset after their hosts' disappointing midweek Europa League result, and have reason to be optimistic following last week's win against Chelsea



De Gea
Rafael, Evans, Ferdinand, Evra
Nani, Carrick, Scholes, Young
Rooney, Welbeck
Tamas, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell
Morrison, Andrews, Mulumbu, Brunt
Odemwingie, Fortune

Sir Alex Ferguson could ring the changes following the home defeat to Athletic Bilbao in the Europa League, but that isn't likely to happen as he keeps his foot on the gas in the Premier League.

One change that could happen, however, is Rio Ferdinand stepping back into the starting lineup. Chris Smalling was forced off on Thursday night as the head wound that he suffered on international duty opened up again, and the vastly experienced centre-back should step back in.

Steven Reid's injury is likely to force one of only two changes made by West Brom boss Roy Hodgson to the team who beat Chelsea. The defender limped out of the game last weekend with an ankle ligament injury and will miss the rest of the season.

Jerome Thomas is the other change for Hodgson, with the club confirming on Friday afternoon that he would miss the match with a hamstring injury.

  • Manchester United beat West Brom 2-1 earlier in the season despite only having one shot on target.
  • Wayne Rooney (pictured right) has scored in three of his last four games against West Brom, and five goals in his last three Premier League outings.
  • United have won all but five of their last 43 home games in the Premier League, but one of those five was last season's game against the Baggies, a 2-2 draw.
  • The Red Devils have scored 21 per cent of all chances created so far this season, the best conversion rate in the league.
  • West Brom have never beaten United in the Premier League.
  • Roy Hodgson has already won as many away games with the Baggies (eight) as he did with Liverpool (one) and Fulham (seven) combined in three years.
  • West Brom have not beaten Manchester United in the league ince March 1984, a run of 15 games.

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Available Squads
1David de GeaGoalkeeper
3Patrice EvraDefender
4Phil JonesDefender
5Rio FerdinandDefender
6Jonny EvansDefender
16Michael CarrickMidfielder
18Ashley YoungMidfielder
18Paul ScholesMidfielder
10Wayne RooneyStriker
14Javier HernándezStriker
19Danny WelbeckStriker
40Ben AmosGoalkeeper
13Ji-Sung ParkMidfielder
23Tom CleverleyMidfielder
6Paul PogbaMidfielder
9Dimitar BerbatovStriker
1Ben FosterGoalkeeper
3Jonas OlssonDefender
6Liam RidgewellDefender
23Gareth McAuleyDefender
-Sebastien Gabriel TamaşDefender
7James MorrisonMidfielder
17Keith AndrewsMidfielder
11Chris BruntMidfielder
21Youssouf MulumbuMidfielder
9Peter OdemwingieStriker
28Marc-Antoine FortuneStriker
19Luke DanielsGoalkeeper
20Nicky ShoreyDefender
5Somen TchoyiMidfielder
17Graham DorransMidfielder
33Paul ScharnerMidfielder
24Shane LongStriker
-Simon CoxStriker
Players to Watch
Michael Carrick
Michael Carrick
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 16
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The midfielder doesn't get many plaudits for his role in the team, but you could see the difference he made when coming on from the substitute's bench in the Europa League defeat to Athletic Bilbao. His passing is superb over short and long distances, and he has established himself as a key man for the defending champions this season.
Youssouf Mulumbu
Youssouf Mulumbu
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 21
Games Goals YC RC
3 0 0 0
The 25-year-old has put in good performances this season at key points - notably in last weekend's victory over Chelsea, and could be the key for West Brom if they want to stop United outplaying them in the centre.
The Baggies will be coming to Old Trafford high on confidence following their victory over Chelsea and United's loss to Bilbao, but I expect a backlash from the champions, and with maybe a couple of changes the Red Devils should run out as winners.
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