Man United v West Brom – Match Preview
Manchester United managed to grab a dramatic victory against Newcastle last time out with a Javier Hernandez 90th minute winner.
In a pulsating 4-3 match at Old Trafford United managed to show their battling qualities once again and it has helped them extend their lead at the top of the Premier League to a healthy seven points.
They will be in no hurry to relinquish this advantage, and Fergie will be looking to put the pressure on his rivals just as he did onto the officials last time.
Mike Dean did not press charges against Mr Ferguson though despite complaints from his opposite number last time out Alan Pardew. He responded by sniping that Newcastle were a “wee club” in the North East.
The Red Devils have won their last seven consecutive Premier League games and will see no reason as to why the Baggies can put an end to that run.
West Brom though have been one of the Premier League’s surprise packages this season and currently lie in 6th place in the table after halting their slide with back to back wins against Norwich and QPR.
The Albion rocketed as high as third earlier in the campaign and an upset at Old Trafford could boost their European hopes.
West Brom have never won a Premier League game at Old Trafford but came close when they drew 2-2. Two seasons ago.
Danny Welbeck and Ashley Young could be welcomed back into the side against West Brom after missing scintillating match against Newcastle through illness and injury respectively. Wayne Rooney (knee) and Phil Jones won’t play and the two persistent veterans Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes are expected to be rested. Kagawa looks set to make the bench.
For West Brom things look a little bleaker on the injury table. Defenders Jonas Olsson (groin) and Goran Popov (hamstring) and midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu (hamstring) all sustained injuries during the Boxing Day three point Haul at Loftus Road.
Claudio Yacob (hamstring) remains sidelined causing Steve Clarke to recall George Thorne from a loan spell at Peterborough.
West Brom have won none and lost 10 of their last 13 visits to Old Trafford and will hope for a change for the better here.
Prediction: Man United 4-2 West Brom
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