Manchester United took on West Brom at the Hawthorns on Sunday and knowing that other top 4 challengers (Arsenal and Tottenham) played out a draw, it gave United a great oppertunity to sneak close to third place with a win over West Brom. But Juan Mata’s 27th minute sending off put United at the back foot and they struggled to cope with West Brom pressure late in second half. Rondon’s goal in 67th minute proved to be the difference between the two sides.
After going 4 games winning streak United started the match against West Brom on the back foot when Juan Mata got two yellow cards in space of like 4 minutes leaving United with 10-men for more than an hour. Salomon Rondon scored in the second half to put homeside West Brom 1-0 up against much improved United after the break.
West Bromwhich Albion 1-0 Manchester United – Match Highlights
[ Premier League, Sunday, 06 March 2016 ]
27′ [Red Card ] Juan Mata
67′ 1 – 0 Rondon finally put West Brom 1-0 up against 10 men United
Preview and Team News: Manchester United finally broke their goal-less draw streak of three games when they earned a 1-0 win at home against CSKA Moscow in the champions league. Although United are struggling to score goals at the same time they have not conceded a premier league goal since than 3-0 defeat in the hands of Arsenal before the last international break. West Brom had a decent season so far specially away from home where they managed to get three wins out of 7 matches including three defeats. They will pose a tricky situation for United as its a game Manchester United must win at home.
Manchester United will be without Antonio Valencia and James Wilson while Luke Shaw and Paddy McNair are long term absentees which means we are likely to see Wayne Rooney, Martial and Lingard starting the game while Memphis depay is likely to start on bench. West Bromwich Albion will have Johny Evans and Darren Fletcher in the squad for United game and Tony Pulis has brought in some decent players and a organized defense which is hard to beat. This is how I expect both teams to lineup this saturday.
Predictions: Manchester United went 35 years unbeaten against West Brom but in the last two Baggies visits at Old Trafford West Brom produced two wins in a row back in september 2013 and May 2015. Van Gaal has been criticized for possession based gameplans which are not only boring for some experts but also toothless in attack. Wayne Rooney will be slightly more confident having scored the winner against CSKA and he will be leading the forward line for United.