Manchester United will look to continue their push for a top-four finish when they make the trip to mid-table West Brom on Sunday afternoon.
With ten Premier League games to go, the Baggies seemingly have little to play for now, situated 11 points from a European spot, and 12 points above the relegation zone.
Tony Pulis’ side looked to be in a relegation battle a few weeks ago, but seven points from a possible nine, including a credible 2-2 draw at Leicester on Tuesday night, has eased those fears.
The target for the West Midlands outfit now will surely be a top half finish, but were dealt a blow with the news that Chris Brunt has been ruled out for around six months with a knee injury, meaning he will also miss out on a Euro 2016 campaign with his country, Northern Ireland.
Three weeks ago, United manager Louis van Gaal conceded defeat in the race to finish in a Champions League spot, but following two straight wins, and rivals Manchester City slipping up, they are just three points from that target.
The latest triumph came in a 1-0 success against Watford at Old Trafford in midweek, when Juan Mata’s late goal gave the Red Devils a much-needed three points.
With ten matches left of the top flight campaign and a trip to the Etihad in a fortnight’s time, Van Gaal will know his side need maximum points when they make the trip south.
For the hosts, former United defender Jonny Evans will miss out against his former club because of a hamstring problem.
Pulis will also be without midfielder Chris Brunt, who has been ruled out for around six months with a knee injury.
For United, Michael Carrick could return after being rested in the midweek win against Watford, while Chris Smalling could provide a much-needed boost in defence by making a return from a shoulder injury.
Phil Jones, Antonio Valencia and Marouane Fellaini are all available, but Van Gaal seems reluctant to risk any of them at the Hawthorns.
League Position: West Brom – 13th (36 pts); Man United – 6th (47 pts)
Previous Meeting: Man United 2-0 West Brom (November 7, 2015)
Form: West Brom – DDLWWD ; Man United – LWDLWW
Key Men: West Brom – Jose Salomon Rondon ; Man United – Juan Mata
Shoot Says: West Brom 1-1 Manchester United