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  • May 19, 2013
  • • 11:00 AM
  • • The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
  • Referee: M. Oliver
  • • Attendance: 26438
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Premier League Preview: West Brom - Manchester United

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 was 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 lineup 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 has never beaten Manchester United in the Premier League. Out of their 13 meetings, United has 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 has 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 the club's 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).
  • Rio Ferdinand (pictured right) scored his first United goal for 1,947 days against Swansea last weekend. His last strike came in a 6-0 thrashing of Newcastle in January 2008.
  • United has 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).

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1Ben FosterGoalkeeper
3Jonas OlssonDefender
6Liam RidgewellDefender
23Gareth McAuleyDefender
28Billy JonesDefender
5Claudio YacobMidfielder
7James MorrisonMidfielder
11Chris BruntMidfielder
17Graham DorransMidfielder
21Youssouf MulumbuMidfielder
21Shane LongStriker
13B. MyhillGoalkeeper
4Goran PopovDefender
25Craig DawsonDefender
-Sebastien Gabriel TamaşDefender
9Markus RosenbergStriker
18Romelu LukakuStriker
28Marc-Antoine FortuneStriker
13Anders LindegaardGoalkeeper
4Phil JonesDefender
6Jonny EvansDefender
28Alexander BüttnerDefender
25Antonio ValenciaMidfielder
8AndersonMidfielder
16Michael CarrickMidfielder
23Tom CleverleyMidfielder
14Javier HernándezStriker
20Robin van PersieStriker
26Shinji KagawaMidfielder
1David de GeaGoalkeeper
3Patrice EvraDefender
5Rio FerdinandDefender
15Nemanja VidicDefender
22Paul ScholesMidfielder
44Adnan JanuzajMidfielder

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