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


PROBABLE LINEUPS

MANCHESTER UNITED

De Gea
Rafael, Evans, Ferdinand, Evra
Nani, Carrick, Scholes, Young
Rooney, Welbeck
WEST BROM
 
Foster
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.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • 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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Players to watch

M. Carrick

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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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.

Y. Mulumbu

Position: Midfielder

Games: 5

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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.

Editor's Prediction

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.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Manchester United

West Bromwich Albion

Wins
2
2
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Manchester United FC MNU
Manchester United FC Manchester United
Draw
West Bromwich Albion FC WBA
West Bromwich Albion FC West Bromwich Albion
91%

Top 3 Predictions

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

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