Premier League Preview: West Brom vs. Manchester United

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  • Manchester United have never lost at West Brom in the Premier League (W7, D1).
  • Five of Saido Berahino’s six goals this season have come at The Hawthorns.
  • United are seeking to win three consecutive league games for the first time in 2014.

Manchester United travel to The Hawthorns where they will look to handle a West Bromwich side that currently sits one point clear of the drop zone.

The game can be seen live today at 3:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN or online via Live Extra.

The Red Devils will be without captain Wayne Rooney, who is serving a suspension for his red card against West Ham before the international break.

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Big points are on the line for United, who face Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal in three of their next four matches. Louis van Gaal will hope the club’s success at The Hawthorns will carry over, as the Dutch manager is still looking for his first win away from home.

For West Bromwich Albion, they will have their hands full with a United attack that seems to be finding its rhythm. The Baggies have only one loss in their five home matches, and will hope to feed off their supporters in this big clash.

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Saido Berahino has been stellar for Alan Irvine’s club, as the striker has tallied six times in seven games. He also scored for England’s Under-21’s last week to secure a berth in the European Championship. If West Brom want to come away with points, they will need the young Englishmen to take advantage of a sometimes-suspect United defense. Berahino will be soaring with confidence, as he scored the game-winner at Old Trafford last season.

What they’re saying:

United manager Louis van Gaal on facing West Brom: “West Bromwich Albion are difficult to beat, also at home. They play not only long balls but can play a possession game so it’s not easy to beat. There’s no club in the Premier League that is easy to beat. That’s the difference from other leagues I think.”

Baggies boss Alan Irvine on Berahino’s form: “He’s flying at the moment. He’s feeling good about himself and in a great place. For England to go and win as comfortably as they did was credit to him and the team. He now has a chance to play in the finals and that will be good for him. If he keeps going the way he is he will gather momentum. Saido is going in the right direction for us and for England.”

Prediction:

West Bromwich hold strong and maybe take an early lead, but Angel di Maria and the United attack press forward all match. Too much for the Baggies to handle, West Bromwich 1-3 Manchester United.