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Manchester United vs West Brom: Match Preview

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After returning to winning ways in midweek against Liverpool, David Moyes will be looking to silence his critics with a series of wins in the next few weeks.

Before facing Arsenal in two months time, the United manager will be looking to put a good run together to challenge at the top of the table.

Moyes will face his first selection dilemma as many fringe players gave him a timely reminder that they have the quality to contribute this season.

One of the key areas that Moyes needs to improve is the wide areas and with Nani looking back in form, he may replace Ashley Young who's been the subject of much criticism in recent weeks, especially with his performance against Manchester City.

The defence is also an area Moyes needs to find the solution too, as Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans looked like a potentially effective partnership. Although he has the option of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic to bring back, United must start thinking of the future and plan for when they're gone.

Steve Clarke, like Moyes, has a bit of a selection dilemma on his plate when he faces the Red Devils on Saturday. With his team playing 120 minutes in addition to the disappointment of losing on penalties against Arsenal, Clarke's team will be physically and mentally depleted.

Although a few players were rested, such as Jonas Olsson, Billy Jones and Gareth McAuley, they might be a bit light in midfield with Youssouf Mulumbu playing 91 minutes. West Brom's best outlets will be Stéphan Seessegnon and Scott Sinclair who'll look to cause the United defence problems.

Realistically, United will be fresher and with their massive squad, the quality of their team should see them through against a stubborn West Brom side.

Team News:

Manchester United only have two injury doubts for the weekend which are Robin van Persie, who is due in training next week, and Darren Fletcher who is still working on his fitness.

With Rafael completing 90 minutes on his return from injury against Liverpool on Wednesday, Moyes may give him a rest after a lengthy lay-off.

Moyes will be expected to bring in many players who were rested against Liverpool, such as Ferdinand, Antonio Valencia, Vidic and Patrice Evra. Anderson and Tom Cleverley will be pushing for places to start.

West Brom have a fully fit side with no major injury problems. They'll welcome back key players such as Olsson, McAuley and Jones who were rested on Wednesday in their Capital One defeat against Arsenal. Morrison will be expected to start as he made a cameo substitute appearance on Wednesday. 

Clarke may be forced to make changes as his side went the full length on Wednesday, playing extra-time and then penalties. 

Verdict: 3-0 United

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