Last meeting: A hard-fought yet well-deserved 2-0 win at Old Trafford ensured the champions entered the New Year with a seven-point lead at the top thanks to Gareth McAuley’s own goal and substitute van Persie’s late strike. Sir Alex remarked of Robin, “He is a fantastic player. He came on and changed the game for us.”
Opposition boss: Steve Clarke has impressed in charge of West Brom all season but, after last weekend’s woeful defeat to the Canaries, the Scot has challenged his side to spoil Sir Alex's party on Sunday. “We were way off the mark and it wasn’t a performance I enjoyed,” he said this week. “Hopefully they feel the disappointment as much as I do and this week they will try to address it. This is a game in which we have to look to put right a few wrongs – and we have plenty of wrongs to put right. We need to try to finish off the season well and put a smile back on everybody’s face.”
Star man: Baggies midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu knows the world will be watching The Hawthorns and has urged his team-mates to put in a performance worthy of the occasion.“It’s a beautiful game and exciting to play against these big teams. It’s the champions and Sir Alex Ferguson’s last game. For him as well we need to play good football. It will be a tribute to him in his last game, which he and everyone else can enjoy.”
Sub-plots: Although a dead rubber on paper, this game means everything to anyone associated with United as Sir Alex prepares to take charge of his last-ever match as manager. Club legend and 'Class of 1992' graduate Scholes should also make his final appearance before hanging up his playing boots.