Competition: Premier League – Manchester United vs. West Bromwich Albion
Venue: Old Trafford – Saturday, May 2nd – 17:30 BST (12:30 ET)
Match Odds: Man United 4/11 – Draw 4/1 – West Brom 7/1
Manchester United host West Brom in this weekend’s Saturday night fixture in the Premier League, with the Red Devils looking to get back to winning ways after back-to-back defeats for the first time this campaign.
Louis Van Gaal has watched his side lose 1-0 at Chelsea and most recently 3-0 at Everton over the past two weeks and he will be desperate to see his side return to winning ways on their return to Old Trafford on Saturday.Embed from Getty Images
United were on a six-game win streak before the loss at Chelsea and so it’s important the players find their feet quickly as the club look to confirm their place in the top four.
Returning to the Champions League is crucial for United and they know six points from their last four games will ensure that is the case. Fans will hope that their penultimate home game against West Brom can deliver three of those points.
The Baggies travel to Manchester in poor form, with just one win in five, and they are not safe from relegation just yet, despite the excellent job Tony Pulis has done since taking over earlier in the season.
West Brom are seven points clear of the drop zone, and are highly unlikely to go down, but they will want to reach that 40 point mark as soon as possible to calm any remaining fears.Embed from Getty Images
They are already one point better off than they ended last season but supporters will want to end the campaign on a high and will be hoping for another memorable trip to Old Trafford.
The Baggies beat United in this fixture last season, winning away at English football’s most successful club for the first time since 1978, and they have now only lost one of their last four meetings with the Red Devils so this looks nicely poised.
United may be without captain, Wayne Rooney, as the attacker is a doubt for the game after picking up an injury at Everton last week. While Michael Carrick, Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones and Rafael will all miss out. Robin Van Persie is in line to start, though Radamel Falcao is likely to be given the nod, with Van Persie coming off the bench. Jonny Evans is available again but Paddy McNair is likely to start alongside Chris Smalling again in this one.
The Baggies travel to Old Trafford without much to worry about on the injury front. Ben Foster is the only player sidelined as the goalkeeper continues to recover from his knee injury so Boas Myhill will start in goal once again. Saido Berahino has scored in two of the last three meetings with United and will likely lead the attack alongside Victor Anichebe on Saturday.
Manchester United’s last five: W/W/W/L/L
West Brom’s last five: L/L/L/W/D
Key Stat: Goals! The last four meetings between these two have produced 20 goals – an average of five per game, so this should deliver excitement.
Key Player: Marouane Fellaini – The big Belgian midfielder has been in fine form at Old Trafford in recent weeks and has scored in two of United’s last three at home. Expect him to cause all kinds of problems for the Baggies defence in this one.Embed from Getty Images
Manchester United 3-2 West Brom – When these two clash there are usually goals and it should be no different on Saturday night. United have failed to score in their last two outings and will be desperate to return to winning ways with a strong performance in front of their own fans. They can be expected to win it, but the Baggies will put up a fight.