Manchester United v West Brom: Red Devils to claim straightforward win

Man United manager Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho will be looking to mastermind another win
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Jack Lang doesn't expect the Baggies to get on the scoresheet at Old Trafford on Sunday...

"United have shut out every side currently in the bottom half of the table at Old Trafford, and West Brom have managed just eight away goals all season, they could very easily maintain that record"

Manchester United v West Bromwich Albion
Sunday, 16:00
Live on Sky Sports Premier League

United on a high after derby

It won't alter the destination of the title, but Manchester United's victory in last week's derby felt like a much-needed moral victory - evidence that, despite the points gap between the two sides, the Red Devils might have it within them to close the gap next season.

This has been an odd campaign for the Red Devils: they have objectively improved under José Mourinho, yet there remains a dissatisfaction about the direction of travel. At no point was this clearer than in the aftermath of their limp Champions League surrender to Sevilla, but their second-half display at the Etihad was loaded with the snarl and swagger that has often been lacking.

Mourinho will have taken note of Paul Pogba's improvement after the interval in that game, but there was also an overdue contribution from Alexis Sánchez, who played a part in all three United goals. If those two play to their potential more often, there should be more to come from this side.

Championship beckons for Baggies

If West Brom weren't planning for life in the Championship a month ago, they certainly will be now. The Baggies had three home games in four to breathe some life into their survival bid, but claimed a measly point - and even that felt like a loss, as they surrendered a 1-0 lead against Swansea last weekend. It is a thankless task for Darren Moore, who took the reins after Alan Pardew's departure.

There was at least some minor good news for West Brom ahead of this game: Jay Rodriguez is free to play after an independent regulatory commission failed to prove an allegation of racial abuse. Given he has scored two if his side's last three goals, he can probably expect to start this one.

Hosts strong favourites

United have won just four of their last 10 Premier League games against West Brom, including only one of the last four meetings at Old Trafford. Yet there's little reason to believe this Baggies side can trouble Mourinho's charges, who are aiming for a sixth league win on the spin.

West Brom are winless in their last 15 Premier League away games, losing 11 - a horror run that makes United's [1.21] favouritism understandable. That is too skinny for our liking, but backing United to be leading at half-time and full-time could be a good play at [1.71].

West Brom to be blunted

Manchester United have kept a league-high 16 clean sheets this season, with 11 of those coming at Old Trafford. They have shut out every side currently in the bottom half of the table at home, and given only Brighton have managed fewer away goals than West Brom's eight, they could very easily maintain that record here. United to win to nil is [1.73].

Good Luk charm

Romelu Lukaku has scored in four of United's last five home league games and will be looking to inflict further suffering on his old side, having struck when the sides met at the Hawthorns. He is [3.0] to open the scoring.

Jack Lang's Premier League P/L, 2017/18

Staked: 42pts
Returned: 42.52pts
P/L: +0.52pts

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