Considering that Manchester United are 7 points clear at the top of the Premier League, they do appear to be attracting a disproportionate amount of nit pickers this term. Is it really such a shock to people that games finish when they finish these days and not bang on the 90 minute mark? Also, if Mike Dean saw fit to exclude Sir Alex’s tirade at him over the ‘Jonny Evans’ goal and therefore the FA chose not to pursue the matter, who’s fault is that?!
Anyway …the Red Devils face a West Brom side who are desperately trying to shake off some rotten form. Their last two games were narrow 2-1 wins over Norwich and QPR but those two games yielded a very welcome 6 points. Prior to this they lost 3 games on the bounce. So will Steve Clarke’s path to recovery continue at Old Trafford?
Well, it seems optimistic. Sir Alex’s side are unbeaten in 6, unbeaten at home for this entire month. Wayne Rooney and Phil Jones are certain to be absent but Ashley Young and Danny Welbeck may feature. The Baggies are feeling the pinch of the festive fixtures and has so many injury concerns he’s said to have recalled George Thorne who was on loan at The Posh.
West Brom would need to pull something extraordinary out of the hat here and I can’t see it happening. Prediction? A best case scenario of 2-1.
Manchester United squad: Lindegaard, De Gea, Smalling, Vidic, Wootton, Ferdinand Evans, Buttner, Evra, Cleverley, Giggs, Fletcher, Scholes, Tunnicliffe, Carrick, Kagawa, Young, Hernandez, Welbeck, Van Persie.
West Brom squad: Foster, Myhill, Daniels, Jones, Reid, McAuley, Olsson, Tamas, Dawson, Ridgewell, Popov, Mulumbu, Dorrans, Thorne, Brunt, Morrison, Gera, Odemwingie, Fortune, Long, Lukaku, Rosenberg.