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17/05/2013 15:59, Report by Mark Froggatt, Video by Matt Singh
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Preview: WBA v United

Date, time and coverage:

Sunday 19 May, kick-off 16:00 BST. The match will not be televised live in the UK, but you can follow it via ManUtd.com’s text updates and radio commentary. The game will later be shown in full on MUTV.

Form guide: Since claiming the Barclays Premier League title on 22 April, Manchester United have stepped off the gas a little by claiming just four points from a possible nine. However, Sir Alex Ferguson will be desperate to win his final game in charge of the Reds against a West Brom side that has only won once in the last six outings. More worrying for Baggies fans, manager Steve Clarke condemned his team’s 4-0 defeat at Norwich as "definitely the worst performance of the season by a considerable distance." The former assistant boss of Chelsea and Liverpool added: "It's not the kind of performance you associate West Brom with and we want better next week."

Ins and outs: Sir Alex has a near-fully-fit squad with only Chris Smalling, Nick Powell and Ashley Young unavailable through injury. Anders Lindegaard, Phil Jones and Jonny Evans are all confirmed starters. Paul Scholes might retain his place to sign off his illustrious career while Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic will be on the bench. It remains to be seen whether Wayne Rooney will feature following his transfer request earlier this month. Meanwhile, the opposition are without Zoltan Gera and George Thorne.

Betting: bwin are offering odds of 4.50 on West Brom to win, while United are priced at 1.75 with the draw at 3.60. If you’re more adventurous, you can back Sir Alex to go out in a blaze of glory via a 4-0 win at 29.00 – or place a wager on Scholesy to score the final goal in his and the manager's final game at 9.00.

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