Date: 7th November 2015 at 10:05am
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Louis van Gaal’s side will be hoping for goals as well as three points on Saturday as they try to counter accusations that they are boring to watch.

United have faced criticism from numerous figures – including legendary midfielder Paul Scholes – in recent weeks as van Gaal’s patient, possession-based style of play continues to divide opinion amongst the club’s faithful.

They have scored just 15 goals from their opening 11 games this season, but do sit in the top-four and have the joint-best defence in the division, having conceded just eight goals.

Only Saturday’s opponents West Brom have had fewer shots than United this season, with expensive summer signings – barring some early promise from Anthony Martial – failing to fire in front of goal.

They did break a goal-drought which had stretched over 400 minutes in Tuesday’s 1-0 victory over CSKA Moscow; Wayne Rooney netting with 11 minutes left on the clock.

West Brom go into the game looking for a remarkable third consecutive win at Old Trafford – Jonas Olsson’s winner in this fixture last season was the last time Manchester United lost at home in any competition.

The Baggies have kept it tight on the road so far this season – their five away games have seen just five goals. Only Crystal Palace have scored at home against West Brom this season so far.

Tony Pulis’ side were uncharacteristically leaky in last weekend’s home defeat to Leicester, and will be hoping for a more organised performance at Old Trafford – if they can frustrate the home faithful they will fancy their chances of picking up a result.

Team News

United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin missed the Champions League win over CSKA Moscow but is set to return against the Baggies.

However, van Gaal has problems at right-back; Matteo Darmian is serving a one-match ban and Antonio Valencia is doubtful, meaning Ashley Young is expected to again deputise.

For the visitors, James Morrison returned from injury last weekend and could force his way into the starting XI at Old Trafford, but Tony Pulis has refused to name the couple of players that are doubtful.

League Position: Manchester United – 4th (21 pts); West Brom – 12th (14 pts)
Last Meeting: Manchester United 0-1 West Brom – May 2nd, 2015
Key Men: Manchester United – Wayne Rooney; West Brom – Salomon Rondon
Form: Manchester United – WWLWDD; West Brom – WLLWWL
Shoot Says: Manchester United 2-0 West Brom

 
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