Manchester United visited Hawthorns on Saturday evening as they took on high flying West Brom side. United went into the game on the back of 9 games unbeaten in the league and hoping to close the gap on top 4. They started strong with Zlatan Ibrahimovic starting where he left off in midweek. He scored the opening goal for United in just 5th minute of the match afterwards United dominated the game and had couple of decent chances to double their lead.
West Brom 0-2 Manchester United Highlights
[ English Premier League 2016-17 Match ]
05′ 0 – 1 Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored in just 5th minute of the game to put Manchester United 1-0 up.
55′ 0 – 2 Zlatan Ibrahimovic doubled United’s lead after a neat footwork and a deflected shot.
Match Highlights (English)
Preview and Team News: United are starting to grind out result but thats largely down to individual brilliance of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba. Infect the just can’t seem to get goals from anyone apart from Zlatan who has scored 14 goals already. West Brom on the other hand are playing some good football at home and I expect them to pose a real threat for United this weekend.
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.
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