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Preview: West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United – Barclays Premier League

The Hawthorns, West Bromwich

Barclays Premier League

Monday 20th October 2014, KO 20:00 BST

Referee: Mike Dean; Assistants: J Brooks and J Collin; Fourth Official: M Atkinson

Manchester United travel to the Black Country to face West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns on Monday evening. Last season United won this fixture 3-0 with goals from Phil Jones, Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck, with the latter two not likely to do anything for the club this time around due to suspension and playing for Arsenal now. West Bromwich Albion have started the season in good form at the moment winning three of their last four matches, with their last match being a 2-1 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield. Louis van Gaal’s side have also won three of their last four fixtures with 2-1 victories over Everton and West Ham United and a 4-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers at Old Trafford with a 5-3 capitulation away to Leicester City between the victories over QPR and West Ham.

A win over West Bromwich Albion will put United in a good position heading into the match against Chelsea at Old Trafford, followed by the visit to the Etihad a week later for the first Manchester derby this season. United are currently sixth in the Barclays Premier League, but they were fourth before matches were played this weekend. A win will send United back to fourth, two points behind Southampton, who beat Sunderland 8-0 this weekend, three points behind Manchester City and eight points behind runaway leaders Chelsea.

Louis van Gaal was handed a boost with his long injury list with just Jonny Evans, Jesse Lingered, Antonio Valencia and Paddy McNair on the sidelines. Not all of his players are match fit though, so there could still be some absences from the starting eleven. Alan Irvine has some problems for United’s visit to the Black Country with Brown Ideye, Victor Anichebe, Chris Brunt and Silvestre Varela either injured or a doubt for the match.

In our Behind Enemy Lines feature, MUFCLatest.com spoke to West Bromwich Albion supporter Lewis. Give it a read to see what rival supporters think of United. It is a good read. You can also read our Scouting The Opposition piece on West Bromwich Albion and their form this season, along with our Starting XI and Formation Prediction piece, which seems to be going down pretty well. You can read Louis van Gaal’s comments from Friday’s Managers Press Conference too. Unfortunately we won’t be running the Betting Preview this week, it could be back for the Chelsea match next weekend though.

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Manchester United Statistics:

Based on Barclays Premier League 2014/15 [statistics taken from the Official Barclays Premier League website]

Played 7 matches, won 3, drawn 2, lost 2 and currently have 11 points

Scored 13 goals (1.86 goals per match) and conceded 10 goals (1.43 goals per match) – 0 penalties

Longest unbeaten streak is 3 matches

Clean sheet record 29%

West Bromwich Albion Statistics:

Based on Barclays Premier League 2014/15 [statistics taken from the Official Barclays Premier League website]

Played 7 matches, won 2, drawn 2, lost 3 and currently have 8 points

Scored 8 goals (1.14 goals per match) and conceded 9 goals (1.29 goals per match) – 2 penalties

Longest unbeaten streak is 2 matches

Clean sheet record 43%

Top Scorers:

Manchester United: 3 – Wayne Rooney, 3 – Angel Di Maria, 2 – Ander Herrera, Juan Mata, Robin van Persie, 1 – Radamel Falcao

West Bromwich Albion: 6 – Saido Berahino, 1 – Craig Dawson, Graham Dorrans, Brown Ideye, Gareth McAuley, James Morrison, Johnny Mullins

Manchester United Form: – WWLWDL

Last six matches: Everton 2-1 W, West Ham United 2-1 W, Leicester City 5-3 L, Queens Park Rangers 4-0 W, Burnley 0-0 D, MK Dons 4-0 L

West Bromwich Albion: – LWWWLL

Last six matches: Liverpool 2-1 L, Burnley 4-0 W, Hull City 3-2 W, Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 W, Everton 2-0 L, Swansea City 3-0 L

Head to Head:

Played 8 matches at The Hawthorns in the Barclays Premier League:

Manchester United: Won 7, Drawn 1, Lost 0 – Scored 25 goals, conceded 9 goals and kept 3 clean sheets

West Bromwich Albion: Won 0, Drawn 1, Lost 7 – Scored 9 goals, conceded 25 goals and kept 0 clean sheets

Manchester United Squad:

Manager: Louis van Gaal

Goalkeepers: 1. David De Gea, 13, Anders Lindegaard, 40. Ben Amos, 50. Sam Johnstone;

Defenders: 2. Rafael da Silva, 3. Luke Shaw, 4. Phil Jones, 5. Marcos Rojo, 6. Jonny Evans, 12. Chris Smalling, 33. Paddy McNair, 36. Marnick Vermijl, 39. Tom Thorpe, 41. Reece James, 42. Tyler Blackett;

Midfielders: 7. Ángel Di María, 8. Juan Mata, 11. Adnan Januzaj, 16. Michael Carrick, 17. Daley Blind, 18. Ashley Young, 21. Ander Herrera, 24. Darren Fletcher, 25. Antonio Valencia, 28. Anderson, 31. Marouane Fellaini, 35. Jesse Lingard, 46. Joe Rothwell;

Strikers: 9. Radamel Falcao, 10. Wayne Rooney, 20. Robin van Persie, 48. Will Keane, 49. James Wilson

Doubts/Injuries: 6. Jonny Evans (ankle/foot), 25. Antonio Valencia (hamstring), 35. Jesse Lingard (knee), 33. Paddy McNair (hamstring) [injury details taken from PhysioRoom.com]

Suspensions: 10. Wayne Rooney (two matches) [suspensions confirmed by the FA.com]

West Bromwich Albion Squad:

Manager: Alan Irvine

Goalkeepers: 1. Ben Foster, 13. Boaz Myhill, 19. Luke Daniels;

Defenders: 2. Andre Wisdom, 3. Jonas Olsson, 4. Chris Baird, 6. Joleon Lescott, 14. Jason Davidson, 15. Sébastien Pocognoli, 16. Cristian Gamboa, 20. Liam O’Neil, 23. Gareth McAuley, 25. Craig Dawson, 33. Bradley Garmston, 43. Callum Jones;

Midfielders: 5. Claudio Yacob, 7. James Morrison, 8. Craig Gardner, 11. Chris Brunt, 17. Graham Dorrans, 21. Youssouf Mulumbu,  27. Silvestre Varela, 28. Sebastián Blanco, 29. Stéphane Sessègnon, 34. Kemar Roofe, 37. Mani O’Sullivan;

Strikers: 9. Brown Ideye, 10. Victor Anichebe, 18. Saido Berahino, 30. Georgios Samaras, 36. Adil Nabi

Doubts/Injuries: 9. Brown Ideye (ankle/foot), 10. Victor Anichebe (groin/pelvis), 11. Chris Brunt (groin/pelvis), 27. Silvestre Varela (groin strain) [injury details taken from PhysioRoom.com]

Suspensions: None [suspensions confirmed by the FA.com]

Predicted Formation/Starting XI:

Score Prediction:

West Bromwich Albion 1-3 Manchester United

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