Manchester United vs West Brom – The starting XI

by Tom Newbold

David de GeaDe Gea will be looking to keep a clean sheet on Saturday after last week’s four conceded goals at the Etihad.

Rafael: Having made an impressive comeback from injury against Liverpool, Rafael will be in line for a return to Premier League action against West Brom.

Rio Ferdinand: After being rested for the Capital One Cup game in midweek, Ferdinand can be expected to play at centre-back against the Baggies.

Nemanja Vidic: Despite an inevitability about the fact Ferdinand and Vidic can’t continue to play together in every match, the fact neither featured in midweek hints to another outing for the duo on Saturday.

westbrom-homePatrice Evra: Evra is likely to be one of the first names on the teamsheet on Saturday, particularly after a distinctly average performance from Buttner against Liverpool.

Antonio ValenciaEnjoying a slight renaissance of form of late, Valencia could well be further buoyed by the return of Rafael at right back behind him.

Michael CarrickCarrick is another, like Evra, who will most probably be an automatic selection for Moyes on Saturday.

Marouane FellainiDespite a disappointing derby performance, an injury to Tom Cleverley means Fellaini is set to partner Carrick again this weekend.

Shinji Kagawa: After recent opportunities to gain some match fitness, Kagawa may well be selected by Moyes in this match in favour of the out-of-form Ashley Young.

Wayne RooneyThe in-form man at the club currently will be itching to start again on Saturday.

Robin van PersieIf fully recovered from injury, Van Persie will be desperate for a return to action.

Formation: 4-4-1-1

A typical 4-4-1-1 formation can be expected, perhaps with more fluidity and less rigidity of the left hand side of midfield as Kagawa is ready to come in for Young. Assuming full fitness, Van Persie will lead the line whilst interchanging in the number nine position with Wayne Rooney but if he isn’t recovered in time then Javier Hernandez can be expected to deputise after a good performance against Liverpool in midweek.

Many of the likely XI will have featured in the defeat to City last week and thus big performances can be expected as they look to erase the memory of that game from their minds.

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