Manchester United vs West Bromwich Albion
Barclays Premier League – Saturday 28th September, 2013 (15:00 KO BST) – Old Trafford, Manchester
David Moyes on beating Liverpool and Saturday’s game: “The players showed they were hurt. We’ll try to give the fans something to shout about again tomorrow.”
Robin van Persie is once again available after missing the last 2 games with a groin injury.
“Whether we use him or whether he don’t, he has trained today and is back fit,” said David Moyes.
Tom Cleverley is also back in contention after returning to training this week.
“He has done some training today and hopefully he won’t be too far away tomorrow either,” Moyes added.
David Moyes faces selection headaches with Rafael, Jonny Evans, Nani and Javier Hernandez all getting minutes under their belts – and impressing – in Wednesday’s League Cup win over Liverpool.
Darren Fletcher is currently the only long-term absentee.
Despite putting in a solid performance in midweek, Ryan Giggs is unlikely to feature.
Cup-tied on Wednesday, Maroune Fellaini is likely to come back into the side.
Patrice Evra and Michael Carrick are also likely to return. Jonny Evans will be hoping to keep either Rio Ferdinand or Nemanja Vidic out of the side.
Team selection will be made with one eye on Wednesday’s difficult-looking trip to Ukraine to take on Shakhtar Donetsk.
Predicted line-up: De Gea, Jones, Evans, Vidic, Evra, Carrick, Fellaini, Valencia, Rooney, Kagawa, Hernandez
Home record: P2 W1 D1 L0 F2 A0 Pts4
Home record vs West Brom: P61 W33 D16 L12 F123 A75
Steve Clarke on taking his side to Old Trafford: “I’ve never been afraid of going to Old Trafford. You have to relish it – it’s fantastic. You go there, you go on the pitch, look at the crowd, it makes you feel good. It should make you ready to play the best you can.”
The match will mark Steve Clarke’s 50th game in charge of West Brom.
The Baggies are unbeaten away from home this season, drawing both of their fixtures.
Last weekend’s 3-0 victory over Sunderland was their first win of the season.
Ex-United goalkeeper Ben Foster misses out with a foot injury.
Claudio Yacob returns after recovering from a dead leg.
Chris Brunt (groin) and Matej Vydra (hamstring) have been ruled out.
Nicolas Anelka and Victor Anichebe face late fitness tests but could feature.
Steven Reid and Shane Long made their own comebacks from injury in the midweek League Cup penalty shoot-out defeat to Arsenal. Both will likely play some part.
Predicted line-up: Myhill, Olsson, Ridgewell, McAuley, Jones, Mulumbu, Yacob, Morrison, Sessegnon, Sinclair, Long
Away record: P2 W0 D2 L0 F1 A1 Pts2
Previous meetings at Old Trafford
United 2-0 West Brom (29-12-12)
United 2-0 West Brom (11-03-12)
United 2-2 West Brom (16-10-10)
United 4-0 West Brom (18-10-08)
United 3-0 West Brom (26-12-05)
Referee: Michael Oliver.
The 28-year-old official has taken charge of 3 Premier League matches this season, brandishing 11 yellow cards. He has yet to send a player off or award a penalty. Was last at Old Trafford for United’s 4-0 win over Wigan in September of last year, where he awarded the reds an early penalty, which was subsequently missed by Javier Hernandez.
Assistants: P Kirkup, S Long.
Fourth official: A Taylor.
Should he feature, Phil Jones will make his 50th league appearance for Manchester United.
United have scored at least 2 goals in the last 11 matches against West Brom.
Michael Carrick has made 26 interceptions this season, 8 more than any other Premier League player.
United have never lost to West Brom in the Premier League. The reds have won 11 and drawn 3 of 14 encounters.
United are undefeated in 27 of the last 30 Premier League matches at Old Trafford.
3 of West Brom’s 4 league goals this season have come in the last 15 minutes of matches.
Score prediction: United 2-0 West Brom
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