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MATCH PREVIEW: Albion v Manchester United

16 December 2016

Everything you need to know ahead of Manchester United's visit to The Hawthorns on Saturday

After Salomon put Swansea to the sword on Wednesday evening, Albion's season continues on Saturday as they welcome Manchester United to the Hawthorns (ko 5.30pm).

The opposition

Already 13 points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea, Jose Mourinho has started to come under a degree of scrutiny just four months into his United tenure. But back-to-back wins against Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace have gone some way to lightening the mood amongst the Old Trafford faithful. Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are starting to show their undoubted quality and Mourinho will be hoping his star men can help to make it three wins from three for the Red Devils at the weekend.

Last time out

Salomon Rondon powered home the only goal of the game as Albion overcame ten-man United 1-0 at The Hawthorns in March 2016.

RONDON'S ROCKET: Salomon bags the winner against United last season

Team news

Former Red Jonny Evans faces a late fitness test for the hosts after he missed the 3-1 win over Swansea in midweek through injury. Craig Dawson, meanwhile, returns from his one-match ban following his fifth booking of the season in the defeat at Chelsea. 

After finally breaking into the First Team, Henrikh Mkhitaryan was dealt a blow after he was stretched off in United's win against Spurs last weekend. The Armenian international will miss the trip to West Bromwich.

Stats

Albion are only four points behind Jose Mourinho's men and are seventh in the Premier League. And part of the Baggies' success can be attributed to the contributions of Matt Phillips and Salomon Rondon. Phillips is joint fifth in the leaderboard for assists so far this season (5), whilst Rondon has the same number of goals as Harry Kane (7).

It's Diego Costa who tops the goalscoring pile, but Ibrahimovic is hot on his heels. The Swedish international has netted nine times so far this campaign.

From the archive

Here's that 1-0 triumph in all its glory. Salomon's inch-perfect strike all but secured the Baggies' Premier League safety for another season.


Head to head

A fixture steeped in history, Albion and United have locked horns 128 times. The Baggies have come out on top in 43 of those encounters.

SAIDO SPECIAL: Berahino puts Albion 2-1 up against the Red Devils in 2014

Ticket news

Albion supporters with a booking history can now purchase seats for the clash with the Red Devils.

Tickets are priced at £30 adults, £25 seniors/students/under-22s and £15 under-17s.


Seats are available now to season ticket holders, members and home fans with a booking history on the club's ticketing system. 

Get yours today from the East Stand Ticket Office, by calling 0121 227 2227 or online (click here).

Follow the game

The game will kick off at 8pm with comprehensive coverage available across all of the Club's social media channels.

Twitter - @WBA
Facebook - West Bromwich Albion
Snapchat - wbafc_official
Instagram - wba

You can also listen to live commentary on Albion Player with Dave Bowler and Gez Mulholland talking you through the action.



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