When these two sides met back in October, West Brom showed verve and enterprise to snatch an unlikely point at Old Trafford, leaving the former Champions looking long shots for regaining their Premier League title.
Fast-forward three months and the league has a slightly different complexion for both sides. West Brom will still be happy with their start, however the run of defeats during the final weeks of 2010 have pushed the Baggies closer to the relegation dog fight.
Manchester United now top the division, albeit on goal difference, but it is their indifferent away record that is costing them a further advantage. Having drawn seven of eight away fixtures already this term, and fresh from an indifferent display at St Andrews in the week, Alex Ferguson will demand a performance to help pull away from the chasing pack.
Roberto Di Matteo is unlikely to have many financial resources to strengthen his squad in January, and will be slightly concerned to see teams around him possessing the financial muscle to bring in fresh faces in the transfer window. I think the Baggies should have the quality to survive, but do not fancy their chances of extending United’s poor away record.