West Brom vs Manchester United
Barclays Premier League
Saturday 8 March, 2014
12:45 KO (BST)
The Hawthorns, West Bromwich (26,445)
“For me, the most important thing is that tomorrow on the pitch the play is good. We need to turn draws into victories. Winning games changes everything and by full-time tomorrow we could all be here smiling. It could actually be good for us that a big team is coming here to play.” – Pepe Mel on facing United.
“The most important thing that day was the way the team played as a collective, which allowed individual players to come out and perform to such high standards. We shouldn’t forget that – the way the team played is what got us the result – and it would be good if we can put in the same performance at home and ensure we get the result.“ – Morgan Amalfitano on the 2-1 win at Old Trafford.
Starting XI from: Boaz Myhill, Ben Foster, Luke Daniels; Craig Dawson, Gareth McAuley, Jonas Olsson, Diego Lugano, Liam Ridgewell, Goran Popov, Steven Reid; Youssouf Mulumbu, Claudio Yacob, Chris Brunt, James Morrison, Graham Dorrans, Zoltan Gera, Scott Sinclair, Morgan Amalfitano, Thievy, Stephane Sessegnon, Markus Rosenberg; Victor Anichebe, Saido Berahino, Matej Vydra
Doubts: Jerome Thomas (back), Chris Brunt (fitness), James Morrison (knock)
Unavailable: Billy Jones (hamstring), Nicolas Anelka (suspension), Diego Lugano (knee)
Top scorer: Saido Berahino (4)
Most assists: Chris Brunt (5)
Home record: P14 W3 D7 L4 F16 A16 Pts16
Home form: D W D D D D
“We need to get back to creating more opportunities than we have done. We’ve played quite well in games but not scored and taken our chances. I think the key is to improve all things.” – David Moyes sums things up.
“Tom Cleverley is a fantastic young player who is developing all the time. He’s a great trainer here, someone who is the first out every day. He does his best in training and never gives it less than 100 per cent. From my point of view, that is why Tom will be successful.” – Moyes on Tom Cleverley.
Starting XI from: David de Gea, Anders Lindegaard; Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Alex Buttner, Patrice Evra; Antonio Valencia, Adnan Januzaj, Ashley Young, Ryan Giggs, Darren Fletcher, Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Shinji Kagawa, Juan Mata; Danny Welbeck, Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie
Doubts: Rafael da Silva (concussion) Marouane Fellaini (back)
Unavailable: Nani (hamstring), Javier Hernandez (knee), Jonny Evans (calf)
Top scorer: Robin van Persie (11)
Most assists: Wayne Rooney (9)
Away record: P14 W7 D3 L4 F25 A19 Pts24
Away form: W W L L D W
Away record vs West Brom: P61 W19 D14 L28 F98 A114
Last five meetings
United 1-2 West Brom (28-09-13)
West Brom 5-5 United (29-05-13)
United 2-0 West Brom (29-12-12)
United 2-0 West Brom (11-03-12)
West Brom 1-2 United (14-08-11)
Referee: Jonathan Moss.
The 43-year-old official has overseen 17 Premier League matches this season, brandishing 59 yellow cards and 2 red cards. He has awarded 6 penalties. Was last seen by United fans during the 2-0 home win over Crystal Palace back in September.
Assistants: S Long, A Halliday.
Fourth Official: M Dean.
Wayne Rooney has struck 6 goals in his last 5 starts against The Baggies.
West Brom have kept only 5 Premier League clean sheets all season – only Fulham (20th) have a worse record.
Robin van Persie has scored in 4 of United’s last 5 Premier League matches.
The Baggies have drawn 13 matches in the Premier League so far this season – a divisional high.
United have not lost a Premier League match this season where they have scored the first goal (W13 D3).
United have lost the most points (7) from goals conceded in the final 10 minutes of matches in the Premier League this season.
West Brom have won just 1 of their last 18 matches in all competitions.
United have not lost a league game at The Hawthorns since 1984.
West Brom are unbeaten in 6 home league games – 1 win and 5 draws. All 5 draws have been by a 1-1 scoreline.
West Brom 7/2 Draw 13/5 United 3/4
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