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


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



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


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.

  • 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).