Manchester United travel to the Hawthorns today in what will be Sir Alex Ferguson’s 1500th and final game in charge of the club. (Kick Off 16:00).
The Scotsman began life in the Old Trafford hot seat with a 2-0 defeat away to Oxford, but he will be hoping his reign ends on a high note, however, his United side will be coming up against a West Bromwich Albion team looking to bounce back from a 4-0 defeat to Norwich.
Despite that defeat, West Brom are still heading for their best ever Premier League finish under Steve Clarke who has done a wonderful job in his first season at the club.
Stepping out from the shadows of being an assistant manager, Clarke, in his first managerial role has guided the Baggies to eighth and early on in the season, they were flirting with a spot in Europe.
Clarke has had West Brom playing some fantastic football throughout the season, with Chelsea loanee Romelu Lukaku inspiring the Baggies up the table and earning himself a young player of the year nomination.
The Belgian’s success has led to him attracting many suitors, but his form will not have gone unnoticed at his parent club who will hope that he can live up to his new Didier Drogba tag when he returns to Stamford Bridge.
Despite losing their last three games, Clarke will be looking for the victory against United in order to reach the fifty point mark and clinch eighth place in front of their home fans.
However, they will be up against a United side looking to send their departing manager home on a high note.
After clinching their 13th Premier League title, it seemed as though the Red Devils went on their holidays, scraping their way to a draw at the Emirates before suffering a 1-0 defeat at home to Chelsea.
The retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson seems to have woken the players from their slumber as they cruised to a 2-1 victory over Swansea in the Scot’s final home match.
Ferguson will hope for more of the same from his players against West Brom as they hope to equal the clubs best ever tally of 91 points through a victory at the Hawthorns.
Rio Ferdinand may have scored the winner in Sir Alex’s final home game in charge in a 2-1 victory over Swansea, but he will be on the bench along with defensive partner Nemanja Vidic for the visit to West Brom as Ferguson looks to change his pack around.
Phil Jones and Jonny Evans are expected to start with Anders Lindegaard returning in goal in what could be his final game for the club with West Ham waiting in the wings.
Rafael is still serving a suspension so it is expected Antonio Valencia will fill in at right back.
It remains to be seen whether or not Wayne Rooney will feature for the club after handing in a transfer request.
Chris Smalling (broken metatarsal) and Ashley Young (ankle) will not feature.
West Brom welcome back Marc Antoine Fortune following a suspension and it is expected captain Chris Brunt will feature after his return from injury at Carrow Road came with no ill effects.
Steve Clarke’s only doubt is Republic of Ireland international Steven Reid who picked up a knock in last week’s defeat at Norwich, but he still has every chance of appearing in what will be Sir Alex Ferguson’s final game in charge of United.
West Brom will be doing all they can to ensure they have 8th place sealed but Manchester United will surely have too much for them and will give Sir Alex Ferguson the perfect send off.
West Brom 0-1 Manchester United
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