West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United: Match Preview

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West Brom have only one injury doubt heading into the game with Steven Reid struggling to overcome a knock picked up in defeat at Norwich last time out. Marc-Antoine Fortune returns from a ban, while Chris Brunt showed no no ill-effects after making his comeback from injury at Carrow Road.

Sir Alex Ferguson will start with Anders Lindegaard in goal and Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand on the bench for his final match in charge of Manchester United. His only concern is who will replaced the suspended Rafael at right-back with Jonny Evans and Phil Jones set to be paired in the centre of defence.

Steve Clarke…”I’m well aware that it’s Sir Alex’s final game and the traditions that accompany it. I’ve asked John to come up with a couple of alternatives that we can discuss. Obviously, my main focus is on winning three points that will see us break the 50-point barrier, finish in eighth and secure our tenth home win of the season. But of course, I know that it is a significant day for Sir Alex and Manchester United and afterwards we will try to mark the occasion in appropriate fashion.”

Sir Alex Ferguson…“So my last game, 1,500 matches – quite incredible. I want to win this one more than last week’s even. Sunday was amazing and the parade on Monday, it was incredible, even better than 1999. I thought the scenes after the treble in 1999 couldn’t be beaten but I think Monday probably did.”

Match Statistic: Of current Premier League teams, Manchester United’s points ratio (2.07) in the month of May is the highest in the competitions history. Conversely, West Brom’s is the worst (0.84).

Prediction: West Bromwich Albion 1-2 Manchester United

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