Manchester United play West Brom at home on Saturday night. They come into the game following 2 defeats against Chelsea and Everton. LvG will expect to get a result against the Baggies, however with the side facing a relegation scrap, the game may prove to have one or two surprises.
Unlike United, West Brom come into the game off the back of 2 brilliant results. A win against high flying Crystal Palace, and a goalless draw with United’s top 4 rivals Liverpool. They currently sit 13th in the table, on 37 points, knowing a win would all but secure their survival in the Premier League.
Manchester United’s last meeting with West Brom saw the side halted to a 2-2 draw, Daley Blind’s late strike sealed the point, in a game where United never really got going. LvG will be hoping for a much different outcome this time around.
With the Champions League spots still up for grabs, a win would go a long way for United. They will effectively only need to win 2 of their remaining games to seal a place. However, Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera has recently admitted United are aiming for a top 2 finish, and that although finishing in a Champions League spot is the aim, to finish above City and Arsenal would be the icing on the cake.
Manchester United will be without Michael Carrick, Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind, Jonny Evans and Luke Shaw for the game, due to injury. It is also likely that Phil Jones will miss out because of his lack of match fitness.
Taking all of this into account, here is the XI United could send out.
Valencia – Smalling – McNair – Young
Herrera – Rooney – Fellaini
Mata – RVP – Di Maria
United may be forced to play Ashley Young at left back to replace the injured duo of Shaw and Blind. He has played in that position before under LvG and impressed. The casualty to Blind is also worsened by the injury to Carrick, which leaves United with no real holding midfielder. Wayne Rooney could be set to start in that role, as he did against Chelsea. Robin van Persie could also be given a chance up front, with Rooney playing the deeper role, with Di Maria coming in to the right to replace Young.