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  • 19 May 2013
  • • 16:00
  • • The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
  • Referee: M. Oliver
  • • Attendance: 26438
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West Brom - Manchester United Preview: Sir Alex Ferguson takes charge of his final game against the Baggies

The long-serving Scot's tenure with the Old Trafford outfit will come to a close this weekend as he leads out the side he has helped reclaim the Premier League title one last time

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

WEST BROM

Foster
Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell
Mulumbu, Yacob,
Lukaku, Morrison, Brunt

Long

MANCHESTER UNITED

Lindegaard
Smalling, Jones, Evans, Buttner
Carrick, Cleverley,
Valencia, Van Persie, Kagawa

Hernandez


West Brom were dealt an injury blow last time out during the 4-0 defeat to Norwich as Steven Reid (knee) picked up a knock and though the right-back may be available, it is expected that Billy Jones will be preferred.

Marc Antoine Fortune returns from a ban while Chris Brunt may replace Markus Rosenberg to make a first start since the 1-1 draw with Newcastle following a knee injury.

Sir Alex Ferguson is expected to tinker with the United line-up for his final game in charge and has already revealed that Phil Jones and Jonny Evans will be the central defensive partnership, while Anders Lindegaard will replace David De Gea in goal.

Rafael serves the second of a three-match ban while it is unlikely the unsettled Wayne Rooney will be involved given the question marks surrounding his future.

Long-term injury victim Chris Smalling and Alexander Buttner may also be given runouts on what is set to be a memorable afternoon for everyone associated with the club, though Ashley Young (ankle) and Darren Fletcher (chronic bowel condition) remain sidelined.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • West Brom have never beaten Manchester United in the Premier League. Out of their 13 meetings, United have won 11 and the Baggies have two draws.
  • The Baggies have lost their last three matches - and haven't scored in the last two.
  • They have only won one of their last eight Premier League games (W1, D2, L5).
  • Yet West Brom have still managed their best-ever Premier League points total - they have 48 (having achieved 47 in the last two seasons).
  • They have also amassed their most ever wins in a Premier League season - 14. Last season's total was 13.
  • A ninth-placed finish or above would represent their highest position at the end of a Premier League campaign.
  • This is Sir Alex Ferguson's 1,500th and final match as Manchester United manager (W895, D337, L267).
  • United have scored 15 times from corners this season; more than any other side in the top flight.
  • Only Arsenal (18) and Tottenham Hotspur (17) have scored more goals in the final 15 minutes of matches this season than Manchester United (16).

Players to watch

R. Lukaku

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The on-loan Chelsea forward has been a revelation for the Baggies this season and has been a major factor behind their rise to an impressive potential eighth-placed finish. Lukaku has scored 14 goals in the Premier League for the Baggies, an astonishing return for a striker who will hope to impress potential suitors, and indeed his parent club, this weekend. United's re-assembled defence will have to be on-song to deal with the physically-imposing 20-year-old.

J. Hernández

Position: Attacker

Games: 1

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The Mexican has cut a frustrated figure at times this season and has not been given enough of a look-in to prove his worth, with the brilliant Robin Van Persie always in the limelight. Chicharito, though, is still United's second top goalscorer with an impressive 17 goals, albeit only nine have come in the league. The 24-year-old will hope to add to his tally, and showcase his talents ahead of a transitional summer, against a West Brom defence that were woeful in the 4-0 thrashing at Norwich.

Editor's Prediction

West Brom are already assured of their best-ever Premier League finish, but will be hoping they can hold onto eighth place and cap a fine season in style. Should Swansea beat Fulham, West Brom know they will need to beat Manchester United to prevent themselves from dropping a place in the table.

The visitors, meanwhile, will be in buoyant mood for Ferguson's last-ever game in charge and will undoubtedly want to send him out on a winning high. The likes of Robin Van Persie and Chicharito should prove too much for a West Brom backline that were poor at Norwich, and such firepower should cancel out any threat the Baggies pose at the other end.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

West Bromwich Albion

Manchester United

Wins
1
1
3
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

West Bromwich Albion FC WBA
West Bromwich Albion FC West Bromwich Albion
Draw
Manchester United FC MNU
Manchester United FC Manchester United
86%

Top 3 Predictions

West Bromwich Albion FC WBA
0 - 3
Manchester United FC MNU
West Bromwich Albion FC WBA
0 - 2
Manchester United FC MNU
West Bromwich Albion FC WBA
1 - 3
Manchester United FC MNU

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