Manchester United is hosting West Brom coming Saturday in Old Trafford, in their 12th EPL encounter. Now, it’s been quiet ups and down going with the Red Devils lately. However, West Brom on the other side has kept their defence tight thoroughly. It sure is going to be an interesting encounter, when the baggies form their well established defence against United’s positional football.Manchester United vs West Brom

Manchester United vs West Brom Albion preview 7th November

The pathetic display of square passes and back passes by United

The red devils have not been much impressive, with their positional football. Not many chances are being made, and even if they do, they often are being wasted due to Wayne Rooney’s long run off-form in front of the goal. The team is trying to build up the attacks and moves deep from the field but before they turn into any goal scoring opportunity they are getting neutralized by the opponent resulting in pointless waves of back passes and square passes. After not been able to score for more than 300 minutes Wayne Rooney finally broke the deadlock, against CSKA Moscow in their Champions League Match with a copybook header.

A Solid defence in the making for the Red Devils

Now, what people may overlook, under the boring football United is offering lately, it is very significant how the defence of the team is getting built. Players like Smalling, Evans, Rojo, Blind had a terrible stat in the United defence last year. This time after the first 11 matches United shares the least conceded teams position with Arsenal, having concede only 8 (3 of them came from the Arsenal away match) goals so far. In one hand, they were successful to keep De Gea in their team, in the other hand; we are seeing a much more responsible defensive display from united defenders. Darmian and Shaw also secure the future of United’s full-backs while Smalling, Blind and Rojo are emerging with more confidence every day.Manchester United vs West Brom preview

West Brom; trying to keep it Clean

Tony Pulis is standing firm on his ground. When Pulis was asked why West Brom is being so defensive, Pulis was swift in his reply

“Not conceding is the basis I’ve always managed on, ever since I started in management,” he said. A team has to have a foundation. The other thing you have to recognise is the clubs you work at – the level you’re at and the level you’re not at. If I was managing Real Madrid it might be different, with all their flair players you could say you could out score teams and not worry too much about being defensive. It’s what you’ve got to work with and getting the best out of what you’ve got.”

With over 15 clean sheets in this calendar year, West Brom is superior to all other clubs in this statistics.

West Brom’s fragile defensive strategy could open the flood gate

Yes, the team is parking the bus well. Players are coming down to their penetrative zone very fast. But, once a team gets a lead against them, the whole system is falling apart. If we have a close look at the stats, it’s pretty clear, that the team has conceded 11 goals in last six encounters. Any team, who succeeded to score one, has ended up, scoring more than one.
An early goal can turn up the lights; otherwise boring display of passes after passes
Manchester United is struggling to get goals and West Brom is going to seal their penalty box in such an away. So chances are, we may end up experiencing a very boring form of football, but again, there remains a chance; if United somehow get past the West Brom defence, both the teams will come out of the shell.
As Chris Smalling has perfectly pointed out

“Tony Pulis has made them very solid and they don’t concede many goals, so we’re going to have to break them down. If we can get an early goal, I think you may see the floodgates open.”

Manchester United vs West Brom league table position

Manchester United is currently in the fourth position in EPL points table. With 21 points in 11 matches; they are trailing by 4 points to the league leaders. The team has been able to score only 15 goals and conceded only 8 goals.
West Brom is currently in 12th position with 14 points in hand, 1 point ahead of Swansea and 2 points behind Watford. The baggies have scored only 10 goals and conceded 14 goals.Manchester United vsWest Brom Albion preview

Manchester United vs West Brom Injury Update

Paddy McNair and Luke Shaw are the absentees for Manchester United side. Though; latest report suggests Luke Shaw is recovering very fast. Antonio Valencia and James Wilson are doubtful for the match. Valencia is still struggling with the foot injury he sustained in Manchester derby.
Former Manchester United player Ben Foster is out of the clash due to a long term knee injury; on the other hand Chris Brunt also remains doubtful.

Manchester United vs West Brom Albion; Players to watch out for

It’s been sometime we have seen Anthony Martial do the best of his business. We strongly recommend keeping an eye on this young fellow, when you need to break the parked bus of a team. On the other hand, Jose Salomon Rondon the Venezuelan striker from St. Petersburg is a one to watch out for the baggies.
Final Word
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