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Man Utd vs West Brom Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Ups, Key Man & Predicted Score

Manchester United welcome West Bromwich Albion to Old Trafford on Saturday looking to get their Premier League title defence back on track. Here’s a preview.

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Manchester United welcome West Bromwich Albion to Old Trafford on Saturday looking to get their Premier League title defence back on track.

The champions slumped to a 4-1 defeat at the hands of rivals Manchester City last weekend to leave them sitting seventh in the table and five points adrift of early leaders Arsenal, so David Moyes will be demanding a response this weekend.

The United boss did manage to pick his side up to record a hard fought 1-0 win over Liverpool in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday, with Javier Hernandez grabbing the winner just after half-time, but it’s retaining their Premier League title that’s the priority and three points this weekend is a must if they are to achieve that goal.

West Brom arrive following a grueling encounter with Arsenal in midweek that saw Steve Clarke’s men take the Gunners to penalties in their League Cup clash, with the north Londoners edging through in the end.

The Baggies have endured a difficult start to the season and only recorded their first victory of the new campaign last weekend with a 3-0 win over Sunderland – a result which led to the sacking of Paolo di Canio.

Team News

David Moyes has confirmed that Robin van Persie is back in contention this weekend after missing the last two games with a groin injury. Moyes is unsure whether he will start the Dutchman though and may opt to keep him in reserve with Wednesday’s trip to Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League in mind.

United are expected to recall several first team regulars who were rested in midweek. The likes of Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra, Michael Carrick and Danny Welbeck are all expected to return to the first team fold.

Midfielder Marouane Fellaini was cup-tied in midweek so is likely to come back in while Javier Hernandez may keep his place up front after his goal-scoring exploits against Liverpool.

Steve Clarke also made several changes to his side in midweek so the likes of Anelka, McAuley, Ridgewell, Jones and Myhill are likely to be recalled.

Midfielder Claudio Yacob is pushing for a start but will have to prove his fitness after recovering from a dead leg. Striker Victor Anichebe is a doubt with an ankle injury but Chris Brunt, Matej Vydra, Zoltan Gera, George Thorne and Ben Foster all remain sidelined.

Likely Line-Ups

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Key Man

Wayne Rooney: The striker has been in good form of late and was the only United player to emerge with any credit from the Manchester derby last weekend. With RVP expected to be rested, we see Rooney as the one to watch this weekend.

Predicted Score

Man Utd 3-0 WBA: The Baggies will have no answer for United’s firepower.

What would be your preferred line-up and what’s your predicted score for the game? Share your views below.



  1. Emman

    September 27, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    I think brother gagawa must start over young.

  2. Zacheaus

    September 27, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    I prefer kagawa to start a head of young.

  3. De xtian

    September 27, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    4 man u 2 win this match Young and Valencia should b on bench while Kagawa ad Nani starts.

  4. josh

    September 27, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    …For God’s sake why won’t moyes start zaha and kagawa

  5. Rome

    September 27, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Everyone that says Valencia should not start is on drugs this guy is getting his old form back and needs to play period now as for Young him and his buddy Welbeck should be sold

  6. Philip

    September 27, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    starting kagawa and zaha is a prudent formation that can make things difficult 4 opponent

  7. lubega

    September 27, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    rooney,chicha,valencia and kagawa sh’d start.not young coz its like man utd is too big 4 mi.

  8. LariB

    September 27, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    DeGea; Evra Vidic Evans Rafael; Carrick Fellaini; kagawa Rooney Nani; Chicarito

  9. AndyP.A.

    September 27, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    Our wide players are going to destroy you as the likes of Rafael,Evra,
    Valencia, and Welbeck just cannot defend.

  10. achemsy

    September 27, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    andy p. A. Which wingers are u talking abt. When u made dat list, i was abt backin u when i saw rafa and tony. D latter of recent does nothing in a match oda dan defend. Btw, man utd has played without a winger in abt 4 games dis season instead we have 3 wing backs in valencia, evra and young and 2 a lesser xtent welbeck den 3 cb’s which in most cases are vida, rio and phil and recently chris. U clearly dont no wat u’re talking abt.

  11. daniel

    September 27, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    1. De gea 2.rafael 3.evra 4.jones 5.vidic/ferdinand 6.carrick/fellaini 7.nani/zaha 8.anderson/kagawa 9.van persie/chicarito 10.rooney 11.kagawa/Januzaj

  12. Wole

    September 28, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Most prefered team hd already been selected..UNITED go for goals…

  13. Bonemalabi santiago

    September 28, 2013 at 9:15 am

    I like kawaga is good player than young kawga can cool ball and hold ball he better than young kawaga play against norwich city score hat trick goal

  14. Bonemalabi santiago

    September 28, 2013 at 9:20 am

    De gea:::::rafeal:::: evran:::::smalling::::buttner::::jones::::fellaini::::kawaga:::::nani:::::rooney:::::van persie

  15. Benjamin Aryeetey

    September 28, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    1 De Gea 2 Rafael 3 Evra 4 Evans 5 Vidic
    6 Carrick. 8 Fellaini
    7 Nani. Rooney 10. Kagawa 11
    Chicharito 9.
    Because RVP is injured. Welbeck is not serious about. Scoring so use hernandez that make him serious please . And please stop using Ashley young ahead of Kagawa because is far a head of young pls

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