Manchester United face West Bromwich Albion in the Monday night fixture next week, and we at The Busby Way spoke to West Brom fan Tom Reardon about their season and their upcoming opponents.
How has the season been so far for West Brom?
We have had a solid-enough start to the campaign. Obviously we have a new manager who has to be given time to make his mark, and also a number of new players, who likewise deserve our patience. We haven’t been too consistent but we did produce a very convincing win over Burnley, and we were unlucky to lose to Liverpool. Berahino’s form is a major plus for us as well.
Who have been the stand-out signings?
Ideye certainly has not been the stand out signing thus far, having cost us £10 million, but he has only started four games for us, so I will reserve my judgement on him for now. Craig Gardner has been very impressive since his arrival from Sunderland, and looks a bargain considering he came on a free transfer. Pocognoli has also been very adept at left back, and the same can be said for Andre Wisdom on the other side of defence. The signing of the summer for us so far though would have to be Joleon Lescott, who has improved our back-line no end.
What are West Brom fans hoping for this season?
After we survived by a mere three points last time round, I think we’d all love a comfortable, steady season where we finish mid-table, which we are certainly capable of doing. We are also capable of finishing in and around the bottom five… It’s never boring as a Baggie!
What is your take on United’s start to the season?
The Leicester game, and to an extent, the Everton game showed your vulnerabilities. Despite your sensational front line there are issues within the Man United team which gives teams like us the confidence to take you on and give you a run for your money. I do think you’ll finish in the top four though this year. With Angel Di Maria and Falcao it’d be a massive shock if you didn’t manage that. I think a title challenge may be just out of reach for this season though. I really do believe Van Gaal will be a Man United legend by the time he leaves though.
Which Man United player would you love to have for your team?
Angel Di Maria. No contest. Falcao is a brilliant player, De Gea is a top keeper, Van Persie is still a great forward as well, but the Argentine is on another level to them all. Real Madrid made a ridiculous decision in selling him to bring in James Rodriguez as far as I’m concerned, but their loss is quite certainly United’s gain. Worth every penny of the £63 million.
How do you see the game going?
With home advantage I fancy we could get a goal or two against your defence, but on the flip-side of that I cannot see us holding off your attack. My heart says we can edge it, or get a point, but my head thinks United will edge us, with that man Angel Di Maria the difference-maker. So 2-1 to Man United.