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STAR PREVIEW: Man U v West Brom

[dropcap]M[/dropcap]an U should make it seven league games in a row against West Brom in a head to head that usually provides plenty of goals – most notably in 2013 when it finished 5-5 at the Hawthorns !

West Brom caused a massive shock last season winning 2-1 at Old Trafford but there’s so much more at stake this afternoon for Man U who look to claim Champions League football next season without the need for the play-off stage which would be the case if they remain in fourth spot.

Rooney is expected to be back after a knee injury he suffered against Everton last week but the home side have a fair few injury worries to contend with.

Defenders Luke Shaw (groin), Marco Rojo (adductor), Jonny Evans (nerve) and Rafael (rib) are all out, as is central midfielder Michael Carrick (calf). Centre-half Phil Jones is also likely to miss the game as he continues to recover from an ankle injury.

Whether West Brom can capitalise is debatable though. They have only scored 11 Premier League away goals this term – fewer than any other side.

Man U v West Brom
Premier League
5.30pm LIVE SKY

HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches)
Oct 2014 Premier West Brom 2-2 Man Utd
Mar 2014 Premier West Brom 0-3 Man Utd
Sep 2013 Premier Man Utd 1-2 West Brom
May 2013 Premier West Brom 5-5 Man Utd
Dec 2012 Premier Man Utd 2-0 West Brom
Mar 2012 Premier Man Utd 2-0 West Brom
Aug 2011 Premier West Brom 1-2 Man Utd
Jan 2011 Premier League West Brom 1-2 Man Utd
Oct 2010 Premier League Man Utd 2-2 West Brom
Jan 2009 Premier League West Brom 0-5 Man Utd

TEAM NEWS:
Manchester United (from): De Gea, Lindegaard, Valdes, Amos, Blackett, Blind, Smalling, McNair, Jones, Young, Fellaini, Herrera, Valencia, Di Maria, Januzaj, Pereira, Mata, Falcao, Rooney, Van Persie, Wilson.

West Brom (from): Myhill, Rose, Gamboa, Pocognoli, Dawson, McAuley, Olsson, Lescott, Brunt, Baird, Yacob, Mulumbu, McManaman, Morrison, Gardner, Sessegnon, Fletcher, Ideye, Anichebe, Berahino.

Louis Van Gaal will expect a reaction after the Everton defeat last weekend and I expect it to come too.

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