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West Bromwich Albion vs Manchester United – The starting XI

by Tom Newbold

Manchester United travel to West Bromwich Albion for their final Premier League game of the 2012/2013 season. With the trophy sewn up and the farewells carried out at Old Trafford last week, it will be interesting to see what side Sir Alex Ferguson picks for his last ever game in charge.


Anders LindegaardThe Danish keeper appears to be a certain selection after Ferguson suggested he will start.

Antonio Valencia: With Rafael suspended and Chris Smalling injured, Antonio Valencia may be required to fill at right-back, something he has done well in the past.

Phil Jones: The young Englishman has been impressing in recent weeks in various different positions but he is set to start at centre-back on Sunday after Ferguson praised him and Evans as the future.

Jonny Evans: Ferguson has said that Evans will partner Jones on Sunday, a partnership that could be the norm in years to come.

Alexander Buttner: The Dutch left-back could get an appearance in United’s last game ahead of Patrice Evra.

Shinji Kagawa: With Valencia at right-back, Ferguson could select the same wingers as last week with Kagawa initially on the right.

Michael Carrick: Voted United’s Players’ Player of the Year, Carrick will be the key for Ferguson in midfield as he looks to finish the season on a high.

AndersonCould this be Anderson’s last ever appearance for United? That is a distinct possibility should he be chosen ahead of Tom Cleverley, Paul Scholes or Ryan Giggs.

Danny WelbeckIf indeed Ferguson does pick the same wingers as last week then Welbeck will start on the left-hand side.

Robin van Persie: The Dutchman was voted Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year earlier this week and will want to emphasise his top scorer status with a goal on Sunday.

Javier HernandezWith doubt surrounding Wayne Rooney’s future, Hernandez can be expected to start up front again on Sunday.


United will probably line-up in a similar 4-4-1-1 to last week with Van Persie just behind Hernandez up front. Kagawa and Welbeck out wide are likely to interchange a lot between their positions as well as attacking fluidly between positions.

Injuries to Chris Smalling and Ashley Young rule them out but Ferguson could feasibly pick any other player, making it a hard team to predict.

He is likely to drop De Gea, Evra, Ferdinand, Vidic and Rooney but question marks remain over whether he may well spring a surprise and pick the likes of Giggs, Scholes, Cleverley or Nani or whether he may even bring in a youngster.

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