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The referee brings the game to a close.
Saido Berahino makes a clearance.
David De Gea takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Chris Smalling by Saido Berahino results in a free kick.
Victor Anichebe receives a yellow card.
Unfair challenge on Danny Welbeck by Victor Anichebe results in a free kick.
Shot by Saido Berahino. Blocked by Phil Jones.
Nemanja Vidic on for Rafael Da Silva.
Shot by Victor Anichebe went wide right of the net.
Rafael Da Silva makes a clearance.
Danny Welbeck grabs a goal with a right foot finish. West Brom 0-3 Man Utd.The assist for the goal came from Wayne Rooney.
Saido Berahino has an effort at goal. Blocked by Rafael Da Silva.
Morgan Amalfitano crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Patrice Evra gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephane Sessegnon.
Marouane Fellaini manages to make a clearance.
Zoltan Gera takes the chance to get an effort at goal. David De Gea parries the effort to safety.
Clearance made by Chris Smalling.
Shinji Kagawa joins the action as a substitute, replacing Adnan Januzaj.
Clearance made by Marouane Fellaini.
Shot by Danny Welbeck cleared the crossbar.
A cross is delivered by Liam Ridgewell.
Centre by Wayne Rooney.
Morgan Amalfitano crosses the ball.
A cross is delivered by Adnan Januzaj.
Shot by Juan Mata. Blocked by Jonas Olsson.
Saido Berahino comes on in place of Chris Brunt.
Wayne Rooney scores with a header. West Brom 0-2 Man Utd.Assist on the goal came from Rafael Da Silva.
Wayne Rooney produces a cross.
Robin van Persie leaves the field to be replaced by Danny Welbeck.
Steven Reid goes off and Stephane Sessegnon comes on.
Foul by Youssouf Mulumbu on Rafael Da Silva, free kick awarded.
Rafael Da Silva takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the target.
David De Gea restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Jonas Olsson on Phil Jones, free kick awarded.
Youssouf Mulumbu has an effort at goal. Blocked by Michael Carrick.
Chris Smalling fouled by Zoltan Gera, the ref awards a free kick.
Free kick taken by Ben Foster.
Robin van Persie challenges Steven Reid unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Jonas Olsson manages to make a clearance.
Zoltan Gera takes a weak shot. David De Gea makes a block.
Liam Ridgewell fouled by Robin van Persie, the ref awards a free kick.
Ben Foster restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Morgan Amalfitano by Robin van Persie.
Chris Brunt manages to make a clearance.
Shot by Victor Anichebe went wide of the right-hand post.
The referee gets the second half started.
Marouane Fellaini makes a clearance.
Free kick crossed by Robin van Persie.
The first half comes to an end.
Gareth McAuley challenges Phil Jones unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Marouane Fellaini fouled by Youssouf Mulumbu, the ref awards a free kick.
Marouane Fellaini gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Brunt.
Rafael Da Silva manages to make a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Marouane Fellaini.
Chris Smalling manages to make a clearance.
Victor Anichebe produces a cross.
A cross is delivered by Steven Reid.
Liam Ridgewell crosses the ball.
Clearance by Marouane Fellaini.
(West Brom) makes a substitution, with James Morrison coming on for Claudio Yacob.
Marouane Fellaini concedes a free kick for a foul on Claudio Yacob.
Header at goal by Claudio Yacob goes over the frame of the goal.
Adnan Januzaj takes a shot and cleared the bar.
The official flags Chris Brunt offside.
Clearance by Chris Smalling.
The ball is crossed by Robin van Persie. Robin van Persie restarts play with the free kick. Phil Jones grabs a goal with a headed effort. West Brom 0-1 Man Utd.Robin van Persie provided the assist for the goal.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rafael Da Silva by Chris Brunt.
Rafael Da Silva takes a shot and went wide left of the goal.
Adnan Januzaj produces a cross.
The ball is sent over by Chris Brunt.
Clearance by Rafael Da Silva.
Robin van Persie challenges Claudio Yacob unfairly and gives away a free kick.
A cross is delivered by Wayne Rooney.
Chris Brunt sends in a cross.
The official flags Patrice Evra offside.
Youssouf Mulumbu gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Robin van Persie.
Chris Brunt takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Chris Smalling.
The ball is delivered by Chris Brunt.
Gareth McAuley manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Juan Mata by Claudio Yacob results in a free kick.
Clearance made by Phil Jones.
Steven Reid makes a clearance.
Header by Marouane Fellaini misses right.
Corner from the taken by Juan Mata.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Wayne Rooney.
Zoltan Gera produces a cross.
Rafael Da Silva crosses the ball.
Clearance by Steven Reid.
Rafael Da Silva restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Chris Brunt on Rafael Da Silva, free kick awarded.
Clearance by Phil Jones.
Chris Smalling makes a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Chris Brunt by Rafael Da Silva results in a free kick.
Chris Brunt makes a clearance.
Corner taken by Juan Mata from the right by-line.
The ball is crossed by Morgan Amalfitano.
Chris Brunt crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Marouane Fellaini challenges Chris Brunt unfairly and gives away a free kick.
The game kicks-off.
Moyes sticks up for Cleverley
David Moyes sprang to the defence of Tom Cleverley after an online petition was launched calling for the Manchester United midfielder to be excluded from England's World Cup squad.
Over 17,000 people have signed the petition, which was set up by Glenn McConnell from Blackpool, who criticised the player's "inept" performances for United and England.
"Tom Cleverley is a fantastic young player who's developing all the time," the Manchester United manager said.
"He is a great trainer. He is first out and every day he does his best in training.
"He always gives his best and that is why he will succeed."
Cleverley received the backing of England manager Roy Hodgson, who lashed out at those who had signed the petition.
The midfielder did not feature for England in their friendly win over Denmark but he is fit for United's game against West Brom on Saturday.
A letter from Moyes to United season ticket holders came to light on Friday morning.
In it, the Scot thanked the fans for their support during what he conceded was a sub-par season.
Moyes repeated that message at his pre-match press conference.
"We have great support," he said.
"The supporters understand the difficult period we are in and they are backing the players.
"I believe that the players are working hard for each other. They know they can play better, and they will play better."
Last week's Capital One Cup final and the international break mean Moyes' team have been without a match for 11 days.
Their last performance was one of the worst of the season. A 2-0 defeat against Olympiacos put Moyes' men on the brink of elimination from the Champions League.
The big gap between fixtures has been both a help and hindrance to the United boss.
"It has allowed some players to get games, like Darren Fletcher, Shinji Kagawa and Chicharito (Javier Hernandez), the people who have not featured as much as we would like," Moyes said.
"But certainly it's also been a hindrance because we went into it off a bad performance and result in Olympiacos and we wanted to put it right much sooner."
United have the advantage of facing a team in a far worse predicament than their own this weekend.
West Brom have not won a match since Pepe Mel replaced Steve Clarke as head coach of the midlands club.
Albion were forced to deny speculation that Mel was on the verge of the sack despite only being in the job less than two months.
Moyes is sure the Spaniard's job is not under threat even though the Baggies are just one points above the drop zone.
"I'd be very surprised if Pepe Mel is under pressure at this moment," he said.
"I wouldn't think for one minute that after six games they were (thinking about) bringing in a new manager."
Robin van Persie is fit to face West Brom even though he fell ill on international duty this week but fellow striker Javier Hernandez is unavailable after he suffered a knee injury in
Mexico's friendly against Nigeria.
Juan Mata returns after being cup-tied for United's Champions League defeat to Olympiacos.
Centre-back Phil Jones (hip) could return but Jonny Evans (calf) and winger Nani (hamstring) are doubtful.
Under-pressure Albion head coach Mel reverted to his native Spanish to face the media about Nicolas Anelka's recent ban and speculation over his own future in a tense press conference on Friday.
Less than 24 hours before a crucial Premier League home game against United, Mel was forced to bat away questions relating to Anelka's five-match ban for his controversial 'quenelle' gesture as well as his own job security and reports of player unrest.
Albion take on United at The Hawthorns knowing defeat could see them drop into the bottom three and deeper into the relegation mire.
However, the match itself is not top of the news agenda, as Mel referred all questions about Anelka to the club while insisting he is confident about his own future and downplaying talk of dissent among the playing personnel.
The Spaniard has recently used English in press conferences but opted to use an interpreter while under such scrutiny.
"As I can imagine the questions, today I prefer to speak in Spanish," he said.
Asked about his position considering his failure to win in six matches since replacing Steve Clarke, Mel said: "My job depends on winning games and being a head coach is a risky business.
"I came here extremely excited to do a good job and I'm certain that I'm going to carry this out."
Following reports of 'showdown' meetings with players, the former Real Betis boss was eager to stress such conversations are simply routine.
"We've been here six weeks and had six meetings," he said. "There was one this morning but it's intelligent to try and adapt to the style of play that we want.
"They are small things but they will make us better because the players will feel more comfortable. The players are the important ones, that are the coach's bread and butter.
"I'm the third coach at the club this season and it's not been a pleasant situation this season. Winning games changes everything and we could all be here on Saturday evening smiling.
"In football you should never look to the following game and we are totally convinced we can win against Manchester United."
Albion look likely to be without key midfielders Chris Brunt and James Morrison.
Captain Brunt and fellow senior squad member Morrison both returned with knocks from international duty for Northern Ireland and Scotland respectively and will be assessed.
Anelka will begin his five-match ban while right-back Billy Jones (torn hamstring) is out, but Stephane Sessegnon and Claudio Yacob are both back in contention.
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