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Billy Jones takes a shot. Blocked by Nemanja Vidic.
Danny Welbeck challenges James Morrison unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ben Foster takes the free kick.
George Thorne takes the outswinging corner, Patrice Evra makes a clearance.
Short corner taken by Ashley Young. Paul Scholes takes a shot. Shane Long gets a block in. Robin van Persie grabs a goal from just outside the penalty area high into the middle of the goal. Man Utd 2-0 West Brom.Antonio Valencia provided the assist for the goal.
Danny Welbeck takes a shot. Save made by Ben Foster.
Shane Long gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Smalling. Indirect free kick taken by Nemanja Vidic.
Corner from left by-line crossed in by James Morrison, Patrice Evra makes a clearance.
Peter Odemwingie takes a shot. Clearance by Nemanja Vidic.
Liam Ridgewell delivers the ball, clearance made by Nemanja Vidic.
Paul Scholes joins the action as a substitute, replacing Tom Cleverley. Graham Dorrans leaves the field to be replaced by Marc-Antoine Fortune.
Robin van Persie takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.
Graham Dorrans takes a shot. Jonny Evans gets a block in.
James Morrison takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Robin van Persie makes a clearance.
Ashley Young takes a shot. Save made by Ben Foster.
Robin van Persie fouled by Liam Ridgewell, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Smalling takes the free kick.
Peter Odemwingie takes a shot. Blocked by Nemanja Vidic.
Peter Odemwingie takes a shot. Blocked by Jonny Evans.
James Morrison joins the action as a substitute, replacing Chris Brunt.
Robin van Persie concedes a free kick for a foul on Gareth McAuley. Indirect free kick taken by Gareth McAuley.
Peter Odemwingie takes a shot. Chris Smalling gets a block in.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Chris Brunt from the right by-line, Gareth McAuley concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Smalling. David De Gea restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Chris Brunt on Ashley Young, free kick awarded. Chris Smalling takes the indirect free kick.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Chris Brunt, clearance by Nemanja Vidic.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Chris Smalling. Ben Foster restarts play with the free kick. Markus Rosenberg leaves the field to be replaced by Romelu Lukaku.
Centre by Michael Carrick, clearance by Markus Rosenberg.
Corner taken by Robin van Persie, Robin van Persie is brought on as a substitute for Shinji Kagawa. Gabriel Tamas makes a clearance.
Antonio Valencia takes a shot. Ben Foster makes a save.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Peter Odemwingie by Antonio Valencia. Gabriel Tamas takes the free kick. The referee shows Antonio Valencia a yellow card.
Ashley Young takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Chris Brunt manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken by Chris Brunt from the right by-line, clearance by Jonny Evans.
Centre by Peter Odemwingie, Graham Dorrans takes a shot. Patrice Evra gets a block in.
Corner taken by Ashley Young from the right by-line, save by Ben Foster.
Antonio Valencia takes a shot. Blocked by Liam Ridgewell.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ashley Young from the left by-line.
The ball is crossed by Ashley Young, Antonio Valencia takes a shot. Blocked by Liam Ridgewell.
Shot from outside the box by Chris Brunt misses to the left of the target.
The ball is delivered by Shane Long, clearance by Jonny Evans.
Centre by Shane Long, Nemanja Vidic manages to make a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Shane Long, Nemanja Vidic makes a clearance.
Foul by Peter Odemwingie on Chris Smalling, free kick awarded. David De Gea takes the indirect free kick.
Gareth McAuley takes a shot. Blocked by Nemanja Vidic.
Jonny Evans challenges Shane Long unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Chris Brunt.
Chris Brunt takes a shot. Save made by David De Gea.
Shinji Kagawa takes a shot. Blocked by George Thorne.
Tom Cleverley produces a cross, clearance by Gabriel Tamas.
Ashley Young fouled by Markus Rosenberg, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Ashley Young.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonny Evans on Shane Long. Free kick crossed left-footed by Chris Brunt, Nemanja Vidic makes a clearance.
Peter Odemwingie has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
The ball is crossed by Tom Cleverley.
Centre by Antonio Valencia, Gareth McAuley makes a clearance.
Corner taken right-footed by Ashley Young, Nemanja Vidic has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Peter Odemwingie produces a cross.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Ashley Young, Michael Carrick takes a shot. Clearance made by Gabriel Tamas.
The ball is swung over by Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young takes a shot from 18 yards. Ben Foster makes a save.
Graham Dorrans fouled by Patrice Evra, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Chris Brunt, Tom Cleverley makes a clearance.
Header from close range by Ashley Young clears the bar.
Danny Welbeck takes a shot. Graham Dorrans gets a block in.
Michael Carrick takes a shot. Blocked by George Thorne.
Danny Welbeck is penalised for a handball. Ben Foster takes the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Ashley Young.
Danny Welbeck takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.
Foul by Nemanja Vidic on Shane Long, free kick awarded. Liam Ridgewell restarts play with the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Antonio Valencia, Billy Jones makes a clearance.
Gareth McAuley concedes an unfortunate own goal. Man Utd 1-0 West Brom.Assist on the goal came from Ashley Young.
Ashley Young sends in a cross.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Ashley Young, Nemanja Vidic produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the crossbar.
Antonio Valencia delivers the ball, Liam Ridgewell gets a block in.
Graham Dorrans takes a shot and went wide of the left-hand upright.
Foul by George Thorne on Ashley Young, free kick awarded. Ashley Young takes the free kick.
Hernandez is back to best - Ferguson
Sir Alex Ferguson believes Javier Hernandez has rediscovered his debut season form.
The Mexican took his tally to 10 goals for the campaign with his last-minute winner in Manchester United's Boxing Day thriller with Newcastle.
It is exactly half the number Hernandez recorded in that stellar first season at Old Trafford, a figure he was unable to match last term when he only found the net on 12 occasions.
With Wayne Rooney missing, Hernandez filled in brilliantly, tormenting the Newcastle defence on numerous occasions, and coming close three times before finally getting on the end of Michael Carrick's cross to seal a momentous win.
The 24-year-old's display merely underlined how much Hernandez has benefited from a complete summer's rest after Ferguson blocked his call-up to the gold medal-winning Olympic squad.
"He has been doing it all season," said Ferguson.
"Every time Javier has played he has contributed. He has got 10 goals now and that is despite not playing every week.
"On Wednesday he could have scored four or five."
Yet, even with Wayne Rooney absent with a knee injury, Hernandez cannot be guaranteed a start against West Brom at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Ferguson is concerned about the draining effects a sticky pitch on Wednesday may have on a striker who relies on his explosive pace.
"Javier must have run about 20 miles against Newcastle," said Ferguson. "He never stopped."
Ferguson expects to have alternatives, with both Ashley Young and Danny Welbeck likely to be fit after missing the Newcastle encounter through injury and illness respectively.
There is also a possibility Shinji Kagawa will be involved too as the former Borussia Dortmund playmaker steps up his recovery from a knee injury.
Ferguson needs to get his team selection right because West Brom have not given the impression of being a team likely to cough up goals as easily as Newcastle did.
Many pundits' tips for relegation, the Baggies have responded to Steve Clarke's first managerial role more positively than seemed likely.
"We have to look at West Brom in a different way since Steve Clarke has gone there," said Ferguson.
"It is his first spell as a manager but he had fantastic experience as an assistant at various clubs, Newcastle, West Ham, Chelsea, Liverpool and has gathered a lot of great knowledge from working with great managers like Bobby Robson and Jose Mourinho.
"West Brom's performance level has been terrific and the interesting thing about their team selection the other day is that they left out two of their best players - Peter Odemwingie and Shane Long - for tomorrow's game.
"It tells you the trust and confidence he has in the players he picks. They are playing good football and are just a couple of points off the top four, so it will be a good test for us."
Keith Downing insists West Brom are not surprised by their impressive form during the first half of the season as he hailed the "seamless" transition under Steve Clarke after the Roy Hodgson era.
The Baggies are lying in sixth spot in the Barclays Premier League after 19 games, having collected 33 points ahead of the trip to Old Trafford.
Assistant-boss Downing, sitting in after Clarke took to his sickbed due to the virus that has disrupted West Brom's preparations, said: "I think we've surprised a few people. I don't think we've surprised ourselves.
"It's been a work in progress the last two or three years. The club has worked exceptionally hard behind the scenes.
"The players have been collected and there has been a real strengthening of the squad. It's been built up over the years.
"I don't think it has surprised us from within. Thirty-three points at the half-way stage is a fantastic return for a club like us.
"We have to reset the goals. We are still looking at 40 points and people will raise eyebrows at that, but that's our prime objective, to stay up for another season.
"Then we can assess things again once we get to 40 points but we are not jumping ahead of ourselves and we've got a lot of people with their feet on the ground."
Illness aside, West Brom have a trio of fresh injury doubts.
Defenders Jonas Olsson (groin) and Goran Popov (hamstring) and midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu (hamstring) all sustained injuries during the Boxing Day win at QPR.
Another midfielder in Claudio Yacob (hamstring) remains sidelined and as a result Albion have recalled George Thorne from his loan spell at Peterborough.
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