Predicted Manchester United XI to play West Brom

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Manchester United will be looking to get their Premier League title defence back on track against West Brom.

Manchester United responded well to defeat in the Manchester derby with a 1-0 win over Liverpool in the League Cup.

It wasn’t the best performance you will see from United this season but they got the job done and several players gave David Moyes a headache ahead of the home Premier League clash against the Baggies.

Here’s the side he may go with.

GK – David De Gea

De Gea did everything that was asked of him against Liverpool, making key saves at important moments and showing great intelligence with his distribution to setup counter attacks when Liverpool were on top.

RB – Rafael

Rafael returned to the side from injury against Liverpool and looked his typical self. He’s brilliant hustling down the right wing to provide width and an extra outlet and his defensive game will improve the more he plays and as his fitness improves.

CB – Rio Ferdinand

Jonny Evans played superbly against Liverpool but Moyes has shown a lot of faith in Ferdinand this season so expect him to stand by the experienced defender. Ferdinand will be better for the rest he’s had this week.

CB – Nemanja Vidic

United’s captain should take his usual position on the left side of central defence. He’ll be vital if West Brom try to attack United aerially because he’s one of the most determined players in the Premier League when it comes to getting his head on the ball.

LB – Patrice Evra

Alexander Buttner also played well in the League Cup but Evra should slot back into the side. Like Ferdinand, he will have benefited from having a brief rest and should be determined to show improvements from what we saw against Manchester City.

RM – Antonio Valencia

Valencia has looked a completely different player to last season and he’s the number one in the right midfield role at the moment. His pace going forward and experience having played at right back means he’s got all bases covered.

CM – Michael Carrick

Carrick is very important to United because when he’s allowed a lot of possession, he controls the pace and flow of the side. He’s also the best in the Premier League at the moment in terms of reading the game and making interceptions.

CM – Marouane Fellaini

Fellaini should come back into the side to play the role of the man who breaks up play, wins the ball back and generally causes chaos with his presence. He also offers a vital threat in the final third with his height.

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LM – Nani

Nani probably showed just enough against Liverpool to be given a chance on the left against West Brom. His pace and skill in possession could create a chance or lead to him scoring a goal in a split second.

ST – Wayne Rooney

Rooney should continue in the role he’s played all season, just in behind the main striker. He looked fit and sharp against Liverpool so there shouldn’t be any worries in terms of fatigue. He can drop into midfield and also provide a secondary striker threat.

ST – Javier Hernandez

Hernandez will start up front only if Robin van Persie is confined to the bench after Moyes confirmed he'd be involved. Chicharito will be full of confidence after getting the winner against Liverpool and it’ll be a good chance for him to throw down his claim to a regular Premier League position.

What do you think? Should Nani start? Should Evans be in the back four?

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