Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Manchester United v West Brom Preview

Manchester United v West Brom Preview

"I knew that sooner or later they would be (champions) and if I was in their position I would be very upset if someone said they won the title because Manchester United lost against West Brom".

Ritchie scored the victor against Manchester United on February 11 that kickstarted Newcastle's surge to safety and he did the same here, running onto Perez's flick off Islam Slimani's header to beat Petr Cech from 12 meters (yards). The referee blatantly missed a awful challenge, and this would prove costly to Manchester United. They defended tight and conceded possession to United, two things that wouldn't be surprising when a lower league team faces a top team.

Manchester United have the edge over West Brom when it comes to head-to-head record, winning 56 of their 131 meetings in all competitions, while the Baggies have won 43 and there have been 32 draws.

Manchester United's biggest chance came late in the second half.

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The second half was not much better but Foster did wonderfully well after 66 minutes to tip a Lukaku effort around the post before the visitors resistance was then unexpectedly rewarded with 17 minutes remaining. January signing Alexis Sanchez will continue to occupy the left-wing, while star striker Romelu Lukaku will line up as the centre forward. Surely, it looked as if Foster could not reach the ball.

West Brom on Thursday sacked technical director Nick Hammond as part of the club's restructuring plan and replaced him with Italian Giuliano Terraneo.

Manchester United have kept a league-high 16 clean sheets this season, with 11 of those coming at Old Trafford - also the most in the league.

The West Brom win wasn't without controversy.

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Only two other players have captained more Premier League title winners - Chelsea's John Terry (five titles) and Manchester United's former captain Roy Keane (four). West Brom ultimately got lucky from a rare slip up from Matic.

Mourinho added: "I think Man City wins the title (this season)".

United delayed City's title celebrations by winning last week's derby at the Etihad Stadium but Mourinho admitted that victory had a hollow feel.

Liverpool are just one point behind the Red Devils with 70 points, albeit having played one more game, while Tottenham lie three points further back on 67.

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