Both sides have started this Premier League campaign with less points on the board than probably expected. Manchester United sit 8th with just seven points, and visitors West Brom find themselves in 14th with five points on the board. West Brom bagged their first win of the season last time out, as they destroyed Sunderland 3-0.
David Moyes will want to forget our last league game in a hurry, but beating Liverpool in the cup on Wednesday was a good start to doing so. The Manchester United fans are firmly behind the new manager though, as “David Moyes’ red and white army” rung out around Old Trafford for the last fifteen minutes of the game.
KO: 15:00 BST
Venue: Old Trafford
Date: 28th September 2013
Manchester United go into the match with Robin van Persie available for selection once again. The Dutchman has overcome a groin problem in time, but I’m not sure whether he’ll start. For me it has to be Chicharito up top after his excellent match-winning performance midweek. Our only injury concern ahead of this game is Tom Cleverley, he picked up a minor injury in training.
West Brom currently have a bit of an injury crisis at the moment as no fewer than five players have been ruled out through injury. Ex-United keeper Ben Foster is out, alongside the highly talented Chris Brunt and Matej Vydra. They’ll also be late fitness tests for trio Victor Anichebe, Claudio Yacob and Nicolas Anelka.
Quite simply this is a must win for David Moyes’ men. Manchester United now need to go on a long unbeaten run in the league, and with the fixture list looking rather kind over the next month or so this becomes a real possibility. The defeat last week was abysmal, but in no way does that rule us out of the league title already, so lets push on, and show why we’re still worthy title contenders.
Score prediction: Manchester United 2-0 West Brom
Steve Clarke has done a magnificent job at The Hawthorns and it won’t be an easy three points. The lads will have to work hard and take their chances when they get them. I’ll go for a 2-0 win with Wayne Rooney on the scoresheet once again.