Manchester United will be on a high after their recent exploits in the Europa League and the Premier League, but Tony Pulis’s West Bromwich Albion are not an easy side to beat, especially at home.
After a insane Saturday afternoon of Premier League football, Matchweek 29 shifts to the Hawthorns on Sunday, where Tony Pulis’ West Bromwich Albion prepare to face an in-form Manchester United.
Manchester United closed the gap on the top four with their midweek win and other results going in their favour.
United have rejuvenated their season with four consecutive victories in all competitions and back-to-back league wins against Arsenal and Watford have seen the Red Devils creep back in to the top four reckoning. Phil Jones, Antonio Valencia and Marouane Fellaini are all fit and could feature on Sunday, but the United manager might be reluctant to employ them straight away.
First, he blocked a free-kick from Darren Fletcher and was cautioned by referee Mike Dean.
Michael Carrick has returned to the midfield at the expense of Morgan Schneiderlin and Jesse Lingard has also returned, which has seen Memphis Depay relegated to the bench. Down to ten men, the departure of the home side’s biggest attacking threat could only be a positive.
It was a brilliant goal and a brilliant way to finish off an impressive week for Albion.
United’s played 60 minutes of the match with 10 men after Juan Mata was sent off for a second bookable offence in the first-half.
Key Player: Juan Mata – The United playmaker has been in solid form of late.
For the hosts, former United defender Jonny Evans will miss out against his former club because of a hamstring problem. Sebastien Pocognoli whipped in a cross from the left wing which found Salomon Rondon at the back post, who did well to settle and fire the Baggies ahead. To keep up with Alexis Sanchez after being on a yellow card so early in the game proves that he is a future Manchester United prospect.
Rooney’s prognosis that the competition could save United’s season looked a little off-beam when they managed to lose to Midtjylland in the last round, but since Rashford made an unexpected debut in the return leg Van Gaal’s players have not looked back.