West Brom captain Darren Fletcher, who spent 14 years as a professional at United, has spoken about how the game has to be a battle.
Louis van Gaal is expecting most of his current crop of crocked stars to return in March with Marouane Fellaini and Antonio Valencia next up.
The Baggies will again be without Chris Brunt, who is sidelined for at least six months after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament last weekend. They haven’t won three in a row since September. Rojo had feared that he had suffered a fresh injury setback against Arsenal, following a challenge with former United striker Danny Welbeck, which led to the defender being substituted.
Chris Smalling has missed the last three games and his return will be crucial for the team.
Although West Brom have been playing quite well in their recent home matches, Manchester United have themselves been doing just enough to eke out the wins.
Pulis will also be without Callum McManaman (ankle) and James Morrison (hamstring) for the visit of Louis van Gaal’s men.
West Brom, meanwhile, have beaten Crystal Palace and draw with leaders Leicester City in their last two Premier League games.
“Brunty will need a couple of days to get over it. You have to get over these things and unfortunately it’s happened at a awful time for the kid in lots of respects”.
They struck late on through Juan Mata against Watford and are now level on points with neighbours Manchester City in fourth place, although United have played an extra game.
However, the Baggies have also been unable to defeat Manchester United in the last eight matches between the two sides at The Hawthorns. West Brom will be anxious about injuries though and that is something that might play a big role in the outcome of this match.
“Van Gaal knows only too well the perils of an exhaustive injury list but United’s youngsters have adapted, providing fresh momentum ahead of a trip to The Hawthorns – where United haven’t lost in the league since 1984″.
The predicted result is a tough 2-1 decision for Manchester United.
12/5 are solid odds on a draw; however, the fact that each of these sides’ last four draws have been scored with three topping 2.5 goals suggests backing a scored draw or a draw at +2.5 goals is better value at 15/4 or 16/1.