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West Brom: At a glance

Manager: Steve Clarke

Stadium: The Hawthorns

Home & Away*: (H) Sat 29 Sep; (A) Sat 8 March

Last year: 8th

Last time we met: West Brom 5-5 United, 19 May 2013

*Dates/KO times subject to change

15/08/2013 08:06,

Preview 2013/14: WBA

Can the Baggies top their Premier League exploits of last season?

Hold on, we’re still getting over 5-5… The events at the Hawthorns on 19 May 2013 will never be forgotten because of the significance of Sir Alex’s last ever game, but it also threw up one of the most unlikely scorelines in United’s history. It certainly made our 2-0 victory over the Baggies in December at OT seem that much more mundane.

Were the Baggies satisfied with last season’s campaign? How could they not be? Securing a top-eight finish and watching near-neighbours Aston Villa flirt with relegation all year long is a scenario all at The Hawthorns would have signed up for at the season’s start.

Can they dream of a higher finish? It’s a tall order but the signing of Nicolas Anelka is a statement of intent from manager Steve Clarke. 

What, Anelka’s back? Oh yes. Most recently at Juventus, he’s signed a one-year deal, making West Brom his sixth PL club following spells at Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City, Bolton and Chelsea. Baggies fans are already keen to see the 34-year-old’s potential strike partnership with Shane Long.

When do we remind him of Moscow? Saturday 28 September at Old Trafford; we go there on Saturday 8 March.

Who’s their main man then? Hulking great centre-back Gareth McAuley scooped both Fans’ and Player’s Player of the Year award last season, but look out for Anelka’s impact this time round.

Any interesting facts or figures? The number of times West Brom have tried, and failed, to beat United in the Premier League era. The Reds have won 11 and drawn three of our PL meetings.

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