Barclays Premier League
Sunday 6th March 2016, 4:00pm
The Hawthorns
(Live on Sky Sports 1)


The game will be the 128th league and cup meeting between Albion and United. The men from Manchester currently lead the way in the victory stakes with 54 wins to the Baggies' 42. There have been 63 games at The Hawthorns with Albion winning 28 times and United 20.

There have been 19 previous Premier League meetings with United winning 13 times and Albion just twice.

The Baggies have won just three of the last 26 league games between the sides.

Albion last played a game on March 6 in 2010 when they suffered a 3-1 Championship defeat at Queens Park Rangers - Chris Brunt the visitors' solitary goalscorer. The Baggies last win on this date came in 2005 when they beat Birmingham City 2-0 in a Premier League clash at The Hawthorns, Neil Clement and Kevin Campbell with the goals.

United's last league game on this date took place in 2011 when they suffered a 3-1 Premier League defeat against Liverpool at Anfield, Javier Hernandez the United scorer.

The two clubs have met once previously on March 6 - back in 1971 when the Baggies edged a 4-3 win at The Hawthorns, Tony Brown hitting a hat-trick for the hosts.

United are unbeaten in their last 11 league games at The Hawthorns (W9, D2) - a run that includes nine Premier League games - a competition record by an away side at one venue.

Albion have kept just one clean sheet in their last 23 league games against United.

Tony Pulis has won just one of his 13 Premier League games against Manchester United (W1, D1, L11).

If he plays a part in the game, Craig Dawson will make his 100th Albion appearance.

Albion's last six games: Leicester City (A) 2-2; Crystal Palace (H) 3-2; Reading (A, FAC) 1-3; Everton (A) 1-0; Peterborough United (A, FAC) 1-1 (4-3 on pens), Newcastle United (A) 0-1.

United's last six games: Watford (H) 1-0; Arsenal (H) 3-2; FC Midtjylland (H, EL) 5-1; Shrewsbury Town (A, FAC) 3-0; FC Midtjylland (A, EL) 1-2; Sunderland (A) 1-2.



Albion will be without Chris Brunt who has been ruled out for at least six months with the cruciate ligament injury he suffered in last weekend's win over Crystal Palace.

Brunt is joined on the sidelines by former United defender Jonny Evans and James Morrison (both hamstring) and Callum McManaman (ankle).

Squad: Foster, Myhill, Gamboa, Pocognoli, McAuley, Olsson, Chester, Dawson, Sandro, Pritchard, Fletcher, Yacob, McClean, Sessegnon, Gardner, Rondon, Berahino, Lambert, Anichebe.

Manchester United

Michael Carrick could return for United after being rested in midweek, whilst Chris Smalling (shoulder), Phil Jones (ankle), Antonio Valencia (foot) and Marouane Fellaini (hamstring) could also return following injuries.

Wayne Rooney, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Will Keane and Luke Shaw remain sidelined whilst Cameron Borthwick-Jackson is also expected to miss out.

Squad: De Gea, Romero, Darmian, Riley, Rojo, Varela, Valencia, Jones, Blind, Smalling, Poole, McNair, Fosu-Mensah, Schneiderlin, Herrera, Rothwell, Fellaini, Carrick, Lingard, Januzaj, Weir, A Pereira, Mata, Depay, Martial, Rashford.



Albion Win: 3/1, United Win: 21/20, Draw: 21/10.

First Goalscorer

Albion: Berahino 8/1, Rondon 8/1, Lambert 9/1, Anichebe 10/1, Pritchard 14/1, Sessegnon 14/1, Gardner 16/1, McClean 16/1, Fletcher 20/1, Dawson 25/1, Sandro 25/1, Olsson 33/1, McAuley 40/1.

Manchester United: Martial 5/1, Rashford 6/1, Depay 7/1, Lingard 8/1, Mata 8/1, Januzaj 11/1, Herrera 11/1, Rothwell 11/1, Fellaini 11/1, Weir 14/1, Pereira 16/1, Valencia 20/1, Smalling 25/1, Blind 25/1, Carrick 25/1, Schneiderlin 25/1, Varela 33/1, Rojo 33/1, Jones 33/1, Fosu-Mensah 33/1.

No goalscorers: 7/1.



Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)
Assistant Referees:
Simon Long (Cornwall) & Simon Bennett (Staffordshire)
Fourth Official:
Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire)

Dean has taken charge of three Albion games so far this season, all which have ended in defeat for the Baggies - Bournemouth (H) 1-2; Manchester United (A) 0-2 and Manchester City (H) 0-3.

He refereed three Albion games during 2014/15 - the 2-2 draw at Burnley in February, the 1-0 win at home to Aston Villa in December and the 2-2 draw at home to Manchester United in October.

The Wirral official has taken charge of three Manchester United games so far this season - the 3-3 draw at Newcastle United in January, the aforementioned 2-0 win over Albion in November and the 1-0 win over Aston Villa at Villa Park in August.

He has refereed two previous Albion v United games which ended with one draw and one defeat for the Baggies.

Albion have won just five of 33 Premier League games that Dean has taken charge of. He has issued three red cards to Albion and two penalties to their opponents in the last two games.

Dean has issued 90 yellow cards and seven red in the 29 games he has officiated so far this season.

A full run-down of Dean's history refereeing the Baggies can be found here


Tickets remain on sale to season ticket holders and members priced at £39 adults, £29 seniors (over-60s), £25 students/under-21s and £15 juniors.


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Albion's first meeting with Newton Heath - who would in time become Manchester United - was a friendly game in April 1889 at North Road, Manchester, which the Baggies won 3-1, Tom Pearson (2) and Jem Bayliss the visitors' goalscorers.

The first league meetings between the clubs took place in the First Division during the 1892/93 season. The first game between the sides, at Stoney Lane, ended in a goalless draw. Just one week later, in the return game at North Road, Albion ran out 4-2 winners thanks to two goals from Archie Bastock and one each from Roddy McLeod and Billy Bassett.

Albion initially had an excellent record against their opponents, winning 13 of the first 25 league meetings and losing just six. Since then, barring a spell during the 1950s and then the late 1970s, United have generally held the upper hand.

The Baggies' biggest win against United came in April 1968 when they recorded a 6-3 victory at The Hawthorns with the late, great, Jeff Astle netting three of the Albion goals. Other big wins for Albion include 5-1 at The Hawthorns in 1925/26, and 5-3 at Old Trafford in December 1978 - a game that is generally recognised as one of Albion's greatest ever performances.

United's best win over Albion came at Old Trafford in April 1970 when they ran out easy 7-0 winners against an Alan Ashman led team. Other notable wins for United include 5-0 in 2008/09, 5-1 in 1985/86, 5-3 in 1966/67 and another 5-1 in 1951/52.

Albion’s last home league victory over the 'Red Devils' came at The Hawthorns on March 31, 1984 when Cyrille Regis and Steve MacKenzie scored the goals which gave the Baggies’ a 2-0 win over Ron Atkinson's United. However, the Baggies did beat United in a Carling Cup 4th round tie at The Hawthorns in December 2003, Bernt Haas and Scott Dobie scoring the goals in a 2-0 victory.

In May 2013, Albion and United created a record for the highest-ever score draw in the Premier League. Baggies' striker Romelu Lukaku hit a hat-trick as the two teams shared ten goals in what was Sir Alex Ferguson's last game in charge of United.

In August 2002, after 16 years out of the top flight of English football, United were Albion's first opponents in Premier League action, Gary Megson's Baggies losing a tight game 1-0 at Old Trafford in a game that saw Albion captain Derek McInnes sent-off for a bad tackle on David Beckham. Norwegian striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hit the 79th minute winner for the hosts.

Tommy Worton (1902), Jeff Astle (1968), Tony Brown (1971) and Romelu Lukaku (2013) are the only Albion players to have hit hat-tricks against United in competitive action.

Hat-trick scorers for United against the Baggies are Jesper Olsen (1986), David Herd (1966), Dennis Viollet (1955), Jack Rowley (1951) and Christopher Taylor (1926).

A full fixture history between the two teams can be found here


Sunday 19 May 2013 - Albion 5-5 Manchester United - Premier League - The Hawthorns
Tuesday 27 January 2009 - Albion 0-5 Manchester United - Premier League - The Hawthorns
Saturday 7 May 2005 - Manchester United 1-1 Albion - Premier League - Old Trafford
Wednesday 3 December 2003 - Albion 2-0 Manchester United - Carling Cup 4th Round - The Hawthorns
Saturday 4 September 1982 - Albion 3-1 Manchester United - First Division - The Hawthorns
Saturday 27 December 1980 - Albion 3-1 Manchester United - First Division - The Hawthorns
Saturday 30 December 1978 - Manchester United 3-5 Albion - First Division - Old Trafford

Wednesday 1 February 1978 - Albion 3-2 Manchester United - FA Cup 4th Round Replay - The Hawthorns
Saturday 16 October 1976 - Albion 4-0 Manchester United - First Division - The Hawthorns
Wednesday 5 March 1958 - Manchester United 1-0 Albion - FA Cup QF Replay - Old Trafford


Albion 2-2 Manchester United
Barclays Premier League
Monday 20th October 2014, 8:00pm

Albion: Myhill, Wisdom, Lescott, Dawson, Pocognoli, Gardner, Brunt, Morrison, Dorrans, Sessegnon (Mulumbu 86), Berahino. Subs not used: Daniels, Gamboa, McAuley, Blanco, Ideye, Anichebe. 

Goalscorers: Sessegnon 8, Berahino 66

Booked: Morrison 39 (foul)

Manchester United: De Gea, Rafael, Jones, Rojo, Shaw, Blind, Herrera (Fellaini HT), Januzaj, Mata (Falcao 72), Di Maria (Young 76), van Persie. Subs not used: Lindegaard, Smalling, Carrick, Fletcher.

Goalscorers: Fellaini 48, Blind 87

Booked: Blind 83 (foul), Rojo 90+4 (foul)

Attendance: 25,794

Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)

Daley Blind rescued a late point for Manchester United as they were held to a 2-2 draw by West Brom at The Hawthorns. The Holland international scored his first goal for the club to break Albion's hearts just as they looked like securing victory. Saido Berahino had fired the hosts 2-1 ahead with his seventh goal of the season in the second half after Marouane Fellaini bagged his first goal for United. It had cancelled out Stephane Sessegnon's wonderful opener and the Baggies, who move up to 14th in the Barclays Premier League, were good value for a point. The result means United boss Louis van Gaal has still not won away from Old Trafford with his side sixth in the table. Ben Foster missed out for West Brom after suffering a calf injury in training and was replaced by Boaz Myhill in the Baggies goal. Chris Brunt shrugged off a groin injury to start and Victor Anichebe was on the bench despite battling a hernia problem. Andre Wisdom returned after being ineligible to face parent club Liverpool last time out meaning Cristian Gamboa dropped to the bench. Adnan Janujaz made his first start of the season for United with Radamel Falcao left on the bench. Phil Jones returned as Paddy McNair struggled with a hamstring problem along with fellow injury victim Antonio Valencia. Michael Carrick, yet to make an appearance this season, made the bench as he stepped up his recovery from ankle ligament damage.

The changes, though, did little to end United's stuttering season as the Baggies grabbed a perfect start. They had already dominated possession without hurting United before they swept ahead in the eighth minute. Graham Dorrans flicked on Myhill's clearance for Wisdom to scamper down the right and his clever cut back found Sessegnon to finish emphatically into the top corner from 18 yards. Myhill saved from Robin van Persie as United tried to find an instant response but the visitors were wasteful and their final ball was often too easy for the Baggies. Myhill, who made a routine stop from Di Maria, was given catching practice as United toiled against organised Albion. In contrast Berahino was giving Marcos Rojo an uncomfortable evening with the £16million defender constantly worried by the forward. The England Under-21 international was inches away from connecting with Dorrans' searching cross. Myhill beat away Di Maria's drive on 31 minutes as United tried to up the tempo but they continued to be undone by their own wastefulness in the final third. But they were almost handed a lifeline seven minutes before the break when Craig Dawson was forced to block Van Persie's shot after the striker robbed Joleon Lescott in the area.

It was the only time the Baggies had switched off and United were firmly on the back foot going into the second half. Van Gaal reacted by replacing Ander Herrera with Fellaini and the midfielder made an instant impact on 47 minutes. He collected Di Maria's hanging cross after out-muscling Lescott before thundering a right-footed effort high beyond Myhill from 15 yards. It changed the complexion of the game with United pressing and Myhill saved Di Maria's tame effort. But while the visitors were buoyant Albion held firm and regained the lead on 66 minutes. It was another poor goal to concede from United as Rafael played Berahino onside as he broke onto Brunt's defence-splitting pass and coolly curled into the bottom corner. United's rally began when Van Persie slammed an 18-yard volley onto the base of the post and Januzaj blazed the rebound over. Rojo nodded well wide with nine minutes left but Blind secured a point with three minutes left when he bent the ball into the bottom corner from 18 yards after Rafael's cross was only half cleared.

Sporting Life


Albion defender Jonny Evans started his career in United's youth set-up, progressing through to make his first team debut in a shock Carling Cup defeat at home to Coventry City in September 2007. He made his Premier League debut for the club four months later and would go on to make 198 appearances for United before leaving to join the Baggies last August.

Ben Foster spent five years at Old Trafford but made just an handful of first team appearances. The Leamington-born keeper had joined United from Stoke City in July 2005.

Baggies' captain Darren Fletcher joined United as an 11 year old schoolboy and would spend 20 years in total on the club's books before joining Albion on a free transfer in January 2015.

Like Evans and Fletcher before him, Albion defender James Chester started his career in the United youth system. In January 2009 he made his first team debut as a 67th minute substitute in the Carling Cup semi-final second leg game against Derby County which United won 4-2. After loan spells at Peterborough United, Plymouth Argyle and Carlisle United, Chester left Old Trafford permanently in January 2011 when he joined Hull City in a deal worth around £300,000. He spent four and a half years on Humberside before moving to Albion last summer.

Alan Fettis, who had a short spell on loan at The Hawthorns in 1995, is currently United's academy goalkeeping coach.


Amongst the players to have turned out at various levels for both clubs are: Arthur Albiston, Michael Appleton, Jack Banks, Peter Barnes, Henry Boyd, Paul Bradshaw, Colin Brookes, Andy Comyn, Garth Crooks, Stan Crowther, Laurie Cunningham, Luke Daniels, George Elmore, Arthur Fitton, Johnny Giles, Andy Goram, Jonathan Greening, Graeme Hogg, Jim Holton, Willie Johnston, Tomasz Kuszczak, Mick Martin, Paul McShane, Remi Moses, Michael Nardiello, Jimmy Nicholl, Mike Phelan, Billy Richards, Kieran Richardson, Bryan Robson, Maurice Setters, Arthur Smith, Jimmy Stanton, Luke Steele, Mickey Thomas and Ronnie Wallwork.

Larger than life 'Big' Ron Atkinson managed both clubs; Ex-Albion boss Nobby Stiles was a United player; Stuart Pearson played for United and later became a coach at The Hawthorns; Ex-United boss Jimmy Murphy was an Albion player during the 1930's; Former Albion player Brian Whitehouse later coached at Old Trafford; Mick Brown was assistant manager at both clubs under Ron Atkinson; Former Baggies' boss Johnny Giles started his playing career at United; England legend Bryan Robson started his career at The Hawthorns in the early 1970's before a record £1.5million move took him to Old Trafford in 1981. Robson returned to Albion in 2004 taking over the managerial hotseat from Gary Megson; Michael Appleton played for both clubs and coached at various levels at The Hawthorns; Mike Phelan, who was a coach and then assistant manager at Old Trafford under Sir Alex Ferguson, spent two years as an Albion player between 1994 and 1996, after earlier having played for United.


 Home 63 28 15 20 116 103
 Away 64 14 16 34 78 126
 Total 127 42 31 54 194 229


Sat 07 Nov 2015 Premier League A 0-2 Lingard, Mata (pen)    75,410
Sat 02 May 2015 Premier League A 1-0 Olsson    75,454
Mon 20 Oct 2014 Premier League H 2-2 Sessègnon, Berahino - Fellaini, Blind    25,794
Sat 08 Mar 2014 Premier League H 0-3 Jones, Rooney, Welbeck    26,184
Sat 28 Sep 2013 Premier League A 2-1 Amalfitano, Berahino - Rooney    75,042
Sun 19 May 2013 Premier League H 5-5 Morrison, Lukaku 3, Mulumbu - Kagawa, Olsson (og), Büttner, van Persie, Hernández    26,438
Sat 29 Dec 2012 Premier League A 0-2 McAuley (og), van Persie    75,595
Sun 11 Mar 2012 Premier League A 0-2 Rooney 2 (1 pen)    75,598
Sun 14 Aug 2011 Premier League H 1-2 Long - Rooney, Reid (og)    25,360
Sat 01 Jan 2011 Premier League H 1-2 Morrison - Rooney, Hernandez    25,499


Sunday 6th March

1:30pm - Crystal Palace v Liverpool.

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