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MATCH PREVIEW: Man Utd v Albion

Stats and info for tomorrow's trip to Old Trafford (ko 3pm)

All-time results record (League, FA Cup and League Cup)


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Interesting facts

Albion have not beaten United in 12 Barclays Premier League meetings, losing ten and drawing two - both stalemates came at Old Trafford.

The Baggies last beat United in the League Cup in December 2003, when Bernt Haas and Scott Dobie goals secured a 2-0 win at The Hawthorns.

Wayne Rooney has scored five goals in his last five games against Albion but has been ruled out of this game with a knee injury.

Albion (23) have conceded five fewer goals than the Red Devils (28) this term, with only Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal, Stoke and West Ham able to boast a better overall defensive record.

The Baggies have scored four or more goals against United on 12 different occasions, while the Red Devils have netted four against Albion 11 times.  

Albion's last league win over United was a 2-0 success in March 1984, when Steve MacKenzie and Cyrille Regis scored. 

Their last league victory over the Red Devils at Old Trafford came 34 years ago this weekend, and was a 5-3 thriller in December 1978, when Tony 'Bomber' Brown bagged a double to add to Len Cantello, Laurie Cunningham and Regis goals.  

Last time out

HOME: Barclays Premier League, Sunday, August 14, 2011, Albion 1 (Long 37) United 2 (Rooney 13, Reid og 81)
AWAY: Barclays Premier League, Sunday, March 11, 2012, United 2 (Rooney 35, pen 71) Albion 0 

Form guide (last six league matches)


Last league match line-ups

ALBION (v QPR – away W 2-1): Foster; Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Popov (Ridgewell 35); Mulumbu, Brunt; Fortune, Morrison (Tamas 86), Gera; Lukaku (Long 76). Subs not used: Myhill (gk), Rosenberg, Dorrans, Odemwingie.

UNITED (v Newcastle - home W 4-3): de Gea, Smalling, Evans, Ferdinand, Evra, Valencia, Scholes (Cleverley 69), Carrick, Giggs; Hernandez (Fletcher 89), van Persie. Subs not used: Lindegaard (gk), Vidic, Buttner, Wootton, Tunnicliffe. 

United team news

Danny Wellbeck (illness) and Ashley Young (knock) could return to United’s starting line-up, while Shinji Kagawa may feature on the bench after a two-month absence. Wayne Rooney has been ruled out with a knee injury, with Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes also unlikely to play after Boxing Day’s demanding clash with Newcastle. 

Ref watch

Jonathan Moss will referee Saturday's game. The West Yorkshire official oversaw September’s 2-0 triumph over Everton at The Hawthorns. Moss has dished out one red and 36 yellow cards in 15 games this term.


Selected odds from Bet Butler:

Albion to win: 10/1
United to win: 1/3
Draw: 9/2

Shane Long to score first: 13/1
Robin van Persie to score first: 16/5

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