MANCHESTER UNITED v West Brom
West Brom: Craig Dawson injured. Claudio Yacob and Steven Reid could return. Jerome Thomas on loan at Leeds. Captain Jonas Olsson the only PL ever-present this season. On-loan Romelu Lukaku top league scorer with 6 goals. Shane long top assister with 4.
Manager: Steve Clarke.
Away record: P9 W3 D2 L4 F11 A15 -5 Pts11
Away form: L W W L L W
Recent PL meetings at Old Trafford: United 2-0 West Brom (11-03-12), United 2-2 West Brom (16-10-10), United 4-0 West Brom (18-10-08)
Referee: Jon Moss. 24 yellow cards in 9 PL games (2.67 avg). 1 red card and 3 penalties.
United are unbeaten at home against West Brom since a 3-5 defeat on 30th December, 1978.
United (9/9) and West Brom (5/5) are 2 of only 5 teams to have a 100% win record when leading at half-time.
United have trailed at half-time three times, recovering 6 points. West Brom have found themselves behind at half-time on 4 occasions, losing all 4 matches.
Michael Carrick averages 85.3 passes per match, the second highest in the PL. West Brom’s highest in Youssuf Mulumbu with 52.9.
Shane Long and Peter Odemwingie have 9 goals and 7 assists between them. Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie have 19 goals and 12 assists.
Away from home, West Brom have conceded an average 18 shots on target. Ironically, at Old Trafford, United average 18 attempts on goal per game.
West Brom are yet to score a goal in the first 30 minutes of games away from home. At Old Trafford, United have scored only 6 times in the opening third of matches.
Score prediction: United 2-0 West Brom