Premier League: Manchester United v West Brom match preview

A look ahead to this weekend’s Premier League fixture at Old Trafford

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The Red Devils’ new manager David Moyes can finally breathe, a very brief, sigh of relief after Wednesday’s 1-0 triumph over rivals Liverpool.

Manchester United have begun the season in an unusually slow fashion, but after a good result mid-week in the League Cup, Moyes will hope that things are on the up, and a good result at home against West Brom this weekend would certainly help to win over his critics.

West Brom will be hoping for a good result against the defending champions after a disappointing result at home to Arsenal on Wednesday, which saw them exit the League Cup as a result of penalties.

Saturday could see the return of United’s Dutch goal machine Robin van Persie, who should be coming back from a groin injury which kept him out of the mid-week fixture against Liverpool. United will hope his return can inspire the team to victory on Saturday, and begin their climb up the Premier League table, as they will certainly wish to improve on the disappointing eight-place spot they currently hold.

KICK-OFF: Saturday, 15:00

PAST THREE MEETINGS:

West Brom 5 (Morrison, Lukaku 3, Mulumbu) – Man Utd 5 (Kagawa, Olsson OG, Buttner, Van Persie, Hernandez), Premier League, May 2013.

Man Utd 2 (McAuley OG, Van Persie) – West Brom 0, Premier League, December 2012.

Man Utd 2 (Rooney 2) – West Brom 0, Premier League, March 2012.

STATS:

Robin van Persie has scored in every game against West Brom since his arrival at Man Utd.

Neither side have been shown a red car this season.

The two sides have faced each other 114 times in the league. Man Utd wins: 50, West Brom wins: 37 and Draws: 27.

ODDS:

Man Utd to win: 1.31

Draw: 6

West Brom to win: 6

TV: Highlights on Saturday 28 September, BBC One, 22:30-23:55.

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