WEST BROMWICH ALBION v MANCHESTER
Barclays Premier League
Sunday 6th March 2016,
(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
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
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.
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:
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
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Light cloud, 3°C
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.
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.
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
Hat-trick scorers for United against the Baggies are Jesper Olsen (1986), David
Herd (1966), Dennis Viollet (1955), Jack Rowley (1951) and Christopher Taylor
A full fixture history between the two teams can be found here
Sunday 19 May 2013 - Albion 5-5 Manchester United - Premier League - The
Tuesday 27 January 2009 - Albion 0-5 Manchester United - Premier League - The
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
Saturday 4 September 1982 - Albion 3-1 Manchester United - First Division - The
Saturday 27 December 1980 - Albion 3-1 Manchester United - First Division - The
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
Saturday 16 October 1976 - Albion 4-0 Manchester United - First Division - The
Wednesday 5 March 1958 - Manchester United 1-0 Albion - FA Cup QF Replay - Old Trafford
LAST MEETING AT THE HAWTHORNS
2-2 Manchester United
Barclays Premier League
Monday 20th October 2014, 8:00pm
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)
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,
Goalscorers: Fellaini 48, Blind 87
Booked: Blind 83 (foul), Rojo 90+4 (foul)
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.
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
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.
ALL-TIME LEAGUE & CUP RECORD VS MANCHESTER UNITED
TEN MATCHES AGAINST MANCHESTER UNITED
Sat 07 Nov 2015
Lingard, Mata (pen)
Sat 02 May 2015
Mon 20 Oct 2014
Berahino - Fellaini, Blind
Sat 08 Mar 2014
Jones, Rooney, Welbeck
Sat 28 Sep 2013
Amalfitano, Berahino - Rooney
Sun 19 May 2013
Morrison, Lukaku 3, Mulumbu -
Kagawa, Olsson (og),
Büttner, van Persie, Hernández
Sat 29 Dec 2012
McAuley (og), van Persie
Sun 11 Mar 2012
Rooney 2 (1 pen)
Sun 14 Aug 2011
Long - Rooney, Reid (og)
Sat 01 Jan 2011
Morrison - Rooney, Hernandez
PREMIER LEAGUE FIXTURES
Sunday 6th March
1:30pm - Crystal Palace v Liverpool.
4:00pm - Albion v Manchester United.