Regardless of the percentages being stacked towards his new aspect on Sunday afternoon, Alan Pardew is not any stranger on the subject of besting Jose Mourinho groups.
No different Premier League supervisor has seen off Mourinho sides as typically as Pardew has – 3 times to be precise – and he might want to deliver this identical confidence to his West Brom crew as they play hosts to second-placed Manchester United.
Nevertheless the Baggies have been aim shy recently, the aspect failing to register a aim for his or her final three video games, regardless of placing in a strong displaying towards Liverpool of their midweek Zero-Zero.
United will seemingly nonetheless be reeling considerably from final weekend’s derby defeat to Manchester Metropolis, and with a 1-Zero win over Bournemouth in midweek all Mourinho’s aspect can do is carry on the profitable monitor as they give the impression of being to shut a large 11-point hole on Metropolis.
For this basic showdown we go all the way in which again to 2003 to the final time the Baggies pulled a win out of the bag towards United.
West Brom not often rating many towards the Pink Devils – except for the 5-5 draw, when a sure Romelu Lukaku was on mortgage with the Baggies.
Nevertheless, this specific tie goes again round Christmas 2003 was a uncommon exception for the Baggies, who managed to win 2-Zero in a League Cup fourth spherical tie over United.
Targets from Bernt Haas and Scott Dobie earned a shock outcome over a aspect that featured a sure Cristiano Ronaldo.
With 4 attracts from their final 5 league video games – two of these coming towards Tottenham and Liverpool – Pardew will probably be keen to only edge his aspect that step nearer to getting an necessary three factors within the bag.
One other essential letdown nevertheless for the house aspect is their lack of objectives. Three strikes of their final 5 is just not sufficient to place them in competition of taking most factors and that wants altering quickly.
United alternatively have been in positive type – having gained 4 of their final 5 league contests. Nevertheless, a disappointing loss to a frankly rampant Metropolis aspect but units the Pink aspect of Manchester additional afield regardless of common wins.
West Brom may see the return of midfielder Gareth Barry, who’s shut to suit after a thigh pressure.
In the meantime wingers Matt Phillips (hamstring) and Nacer Chadli (hip) will miss out the match whereas defender Craig Dawson continues to be lacking with a knee drawback however closing in on a return throughout the nest couple of weeks.
Paul Pogba is serving the ultimate sport of his three match ban for stamping on Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin.
Centre-back Eric Bailly is the contemporary damage information on the again with the Ivorian present process surgical procedure for an Ankle damage, which is able to see him sidelined for 2 to 3 months.
Predicted West Brom Lineup: Foster, Nyom, Hegazi, Evans, Gibbs, Livermore, Yacob, Barry, McClean, Robson-Kanu, Rondon.
Predicted Manchester United Lineup: De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Jones, Younger, Herrera, Matic, Mata, Lingard, Rashford, Lukaku.
When it comes right down to the end result of this contest, it’s onerous to see past a United victory.
With a scarcity of objectives for Pardew’s males, an abundance for Mourinho’s and contrasting type over the previous couple of weeks it solely factors in direction of a United win.
Pardew does have a one thing of a knack at getting one over on Mourinho, and, after robust showings towards Spurs and Liverpool, the West Brom trustworthy may be dreaming of extra unlikely factors on Sunday.
Prediction: West Brom Zero-2 Manchester United
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