Preview: West Bromwich Albion vs Manchester United

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It’s been a mixed start to life at Old Trafford for Louis van Gaal. With just three wins from seven games in the Premier League and an embarrassing Capital One Cup exit at MK Dons it's been far from smooth sailing for the Dutchman, who will be looking for some consistency going into the final two months of the year.

West Brom come into tonight's showdown with only two wins in their opening seven games. However, Alan Irvine’s men have been playing well at the Hawthorns – beating Burnley 4-0 in their last home fixture.

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Away day blues

United have found life away from Old Trafford very difficult and have yet to register an victory on the road this season. Success for the Red Devils on Monday night could kick-start their season as they approach a tricky run of fixtures.

Baggies captain Chris Brunt is in a race against time to be fit after injuring his hip on International duty, while Victor Anichebe is expected to miss out for the hosts with a hernia problem.

No Rooney but plenty of positive news on the injury front

The visitors will be without captain Wayne Rooney – who is serving a two match suspension after being sent off against West Ham. Ander Herrera, Chris Smalling, Ashley Young, Phil Jones and Michael Carrick were back in training this week and could all return to action.

Predicting Manchester United results has become a difficult task ever since Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down. With all the new signings on board and a convincing win against QPR in mid-September – you would have thought the Manchester club were back to their best. The following week they were beaten 5-3 by Leicester and van Gaal had to go back to the drawing board.

United primed for third successive win

The 2013 champions responded will with back-to-back home wins against West Ham and Everton. Another win on Monday would represent some early signs of consistency and I think United will shade it.

Saido Berahino could trouble a frail United defence and I think West Brom will score. However, with the fire-power at Louis van Gaal’s dispense – I think the visitors will outscore their opponents.

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