But defender warns team-mates not to underestimate United
JONAS Olsson is hoping Albion can pull off a historic double tomorrow to surpass what he considers to be one of the most memorable wins of his Hawthorns career.
The Baggies defender was part of the side that pulled off a famous 2-1 victory at Old Trafford earlier this term.
Three points against Manchester United this weekend would see Albion secure wins in both league fixtures in the same season against the Red Devils for the first time since the 1978/79 campaign.
But – with his centre-back’s hat on – Olsson is eager to avoid a repeat of the whirlwind 5-5 draw between the two teams on the final day of last season.
“As a defender in the 5-5 I was not happy with the way I played that day,” said the Baggies vice skipper.
“But it was a memorable game from the point of view of it being Sir Alex’s last game and we finished eighth – which is a great achievement - so the locker room was happy.
“It was the final game of a very good season.
“This season it was special to win at Old Trafford.
“There aren’t a lot of people who get the opportunity to go and play there and even fewer who win there and get three points.
“That was a great game and a great moment in my career.
“We’ll have that in the back of our heads when we go out on Saturday.
“This season we’ve been performing very well against the top teams and that is also something to take confidence from.
“We can perform very well but this season we have been struggling against the teams around us and that’s why we’re in the situation we’re in.
“I my time here I remember the 2-0 win at Anfield, the 3-2 win at Arsenal, the derby win at Villa Park, when I scored, and the Molineux 5-1 – the win at United is definitely up there with those most memorable games.”
But Olsson has warned his team-mates they should not underestimate David Moyes’ seventh-placed men.
“We have to respect it is a top team coming here,” he added.
“They have also had a tough season up to now but everyone knows the quality in their team.
“It will be tough but we’ve been performing well at home recently, especially against the top teams, and hopefully we can get something out of it.
“It is still very tight but we need to close the gap on some of the teams above us very quickly.
“We have a game in hand and a very big month coming up.”