Will Manchester United Drop Points Against West Brom?

By on October 15, 2010

Written by Premiership Tips.

In their last road trip, West Bromwich Albion caused one of the biggest upsets of the season so far, if not one of the biggest in the history of the Premier League, when they defeated Arsenal 3-2 at the Emirates.

That day, Arsenal found West Brom difficult to break down and failed to create many real opportunities until it was too late. West Brom caught Arsenal napping on the counter attack, aided by two goalkeeping blunders from Manuel Almunia as they raced out into a 3-0 lead. They were hanging on the end, but did so successfully. That result was followed up by a 1-1 draw at home to Bolton Wanderers before the international break, leaving newly-promoted West Brom sitting in sixth place in the Premier League table after seven games.

It’s a trip to Old Trafford this weekend for the Baggies. They go to the 11-time Premier League champions with nothing to fear. They go with no pressure of expectation and even up against an out-of-form Wayne Rooney and co. While West Brom were beating Arsenal in their final game in September, Manchester United were held at Bolton. They followed that up with a dismal goalless draw at Sunderland, at least domestically.

Wayne Rooney continues to make the news for his lack of form this season, that sees him with just one Premier League goal to his name. A penalty versus West Ham. Clearly there is something not right with the England striker who failed to produce at the World Cup, and also in Tuesday night’s disappointing 0-0 draw with Montnegro. He’s denied the ankle injury claims. And then there’s the current saga in his personal life that may be distracting him. Whatever it is, Sir Alex Ferguson, Wayne Rooney and Manchester United fans would like it resolved pronto.

Personally, I think Wayne Rooney could do with a couple weeks holiday abroad to rest and refocus. Manchester United have other strikers they should be capable of relying on against West Brom; Michael Owen, Javier Hernandez and Federico Macheda all have talent. The club’s top scorer, Dimitar Berbatov does too, but the Bulgarian has been known to go quiet in smaller games. Sir Alex Ferguson has enough experience and trophies, so I needn’t give him any tactical advice ahead of this match.

One player in form for Manchester United lately is Nani. Still hot and cold in my book, the Portuguese winger has been involved in a number of Manchester United goals this season. Not afraid to shoot, he does frustrate fans at times with his greediness. But that sometimes turns into magical moments; having scored a few crackers in his career. With Rooney’s lack of influence this season, I rank Nani as United’s current number 1 playmaker. A decent set piece taker, a quick and flairy player, if West Brom cannot keep Nani in place on Saturday, they will not come away with anything from this match.

Nani is a key player in this match for me, as is the rest of the Manchester United midfield. That is the key battle for me. If they maintain possession and their most influential players get time on the ball, they will create goalscoring opportunities and eventually goals against Scott Carson and co. To prevent dropping points in this game, the likes of Darren Fletcher need to prevent Peter Odemwingie and co hitting them on the counter attack. West Brom will have a good opportunity on the counter when Patrice Evra is in their own penalty box or taken a tumble near the corner flag. That is where Fletcher needs to be switched on and in position.

United’s odds are poor in a Premier League fixture list that doesn’t have much value other than a potential few draws. The international break can also cause a few upsets and dismal performances from favourites. That said, I do expect Manchester United to come away with 3 points and maintain their 100% record at Old Trafford this season.

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7 Comments

  1. Xyth

    October 15, 2010 at 10:28 am

    ‘Will Manchester United Drop Points Against West Brom?’
    You are having a laugh mate. Had anybody but Almunia been in Arsenal’s goal that day, West Brom would not have won at all. Credit to them for taking the chances when presented and being brave to attack, but Almunia was the main reason for their victory.

    I think United has learned it’s lesson and will not repeat Arsenal’s mistakes.

  2. i pr0mise u all UNITED will take the day by 2goals - o

    October 15, 2010 at 11:34 am

    longleave UNITED,longleave OLD TRAFFORD,longleave my fellow FUNS,this weekend will be a lifting point for us 2 take our rightful place in the EPL,LET ME POINT OUT SOMETHING DURING THE QUALIFYER ,I can say some of my boyz did well for there various national side,i no with time will such take our rightful place.

  3. i pr0mise u all UNITED will take the day by 2goals - o

    October 15, 2010 at 11:35 am


    i pr0mise u all UNITED will take the day by 2goals – o:

    longleave UNITED,longleave OLD TRAFFORD,longleave my fellow FUNS,this weekend will be a lifting point for us 2 take our rightful place in the EPL,LET ME POINT OUT SOMETHING DURING THE QUALIFYER ,I can say some of my boyz did well for there various national side,i no with time will such take our rightful place.

  4. realistic tony

    October 15, 2010 at 11:43 am

    well i hope west brom play as well as they did against us and have a goalkeeper horror-show…..cant see it man u 3 west brom 1

  5. Glazer Out

    October 15, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    West brom were lucky with Almunia in goal but lady luck wont be shining again this time

  6. Nwaokeleme e. isaac

    October 16, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    i will start by greeting all arsenal fan world wide.You all has done well buy supporting arsenal as a football club, i love what cesc fabregas said, he said is not easy to be an arsenal fan.While is these statement, is just because for a fan to support a particular team for going to six years without a trophy is painful that is the meaning of that statement, asking if Manutd will loss a point from the team we loss point from is wrong because we are to concentrate on our own football, the reason we loss that match is always the un- seriousness.we should stop underrating teams if not we will not win a trophy look a chelseafc.when ever they play you as a team they always play you as if you are of thesame level with them.A business man has to spend money to get money, Without doing that you can not grow.Arsenal needed quality players to fight for the league and the champions league that is just the true.Cesc Fabregas is going to Barcelona not because he loves Barcelona but because of the quality of the team

  7. Proud Baggie

    October 17, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Well dont you idiotic Man United fans feel stupid now? Yet again a club has underestimated us. It was a deserved draw, all FOUR goals were mistakes by both sides, you had 30 minutes to score another, yet your best chance came from a biased referee decision on a ‘pass back’. It was in fact us who looked more likely to score at the end of the game. Don’t presume you’ll win every game, i hope you’ve all learned your lesson. Boing Boing

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