The Red Devils are going into difficult stretch of their schedule, with back to back matches against league leaders, Chelsea and defending Champions Manchester City coming up. Van Gaal has however failed to look past West Bromwich Albion, believing that a victory against WBA would put the team in good spirit, while he also expressed his happiness over the recovery of his players. Here are five reasons why the Red Devils will secure a win over the Baggies:
The Di Maria Scare: Di Maria’s sudden emergence has made an instant electrifying impression on English football. The present United No. 7 will be a problem to the Baggies’ defenders with his tremendous pace and injection of flair. The fast legged winger has contributed to the wreck of opposition teams this season, except for oppositions such as Burnley, in a debut cut short by injury and against West Ham has he failed to both score and assist in a match, having rattled up 3 goals and three assists in barely 400 minutes action. The presence of Di Maria in the Premier League has caused most fans of the league to forget the controversial Luis Suarez who headed to the league Di Maria left behind, having won several trophies available in Spain with Real Madrid. In Di Maria’s United brief career so far, he has been the spark they have craved, a provider and scorer of goals, and the centre of the team.
LVG has sought to play the former Real Madrid winger in a central position, just behind the strikers; one which has seen the club win two straight games; Di Maria will look to supply several crosses and chipped passes, meaning that the likes of Craig Gardner will have their hands full on Monday night.
Despite Wayne Rooney’s suspension, as long as Van Gaal unleashes Di Maria, the Red Devils will have a fair amount of hope to pull through against oppositions and WBA will not be an exception.
Injury-Return Boost: Louis van Gaal’s side has faced a sheer amount of injury problems in the past few months, however, the return of Michael Carrick, Ander Herrera, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones, would mean that United have a fair amount of stiff competition while West Brom face injury crisis. Manchester United captain, Wayne Rooney still remains suspended, but manager Louis van Gaal’s injury problems are easing.
The Baggies’ Injury Worries: West Brom picked two crucial wins against Spurs and Burnley before the international break but this could prevent them from repeating the feat against United. The Baggies may be playing United without club captain, Chris Brunt. Also, West Brom striker, Victor Anichebe is doubtful after spending time at a training camp in America recovering from hernia problem which has been persistent since last season. Porto loanee, Silvestre Varela will not also feature for the Baggies as he has yet resumed training despite undergoing a successful groin surgery. Gareth McAuley also picked up an injury whilst on international duty with Northern Ireland with team mate, Chris Brunt.
Falcao Factor: Once considered the most fearsome attacker in Europe, Radamel Falcao will look to score again after scoring against an Everton side before the international break.
With experienced West Brom defender, Jonas Olsson seemingly frozen out of the line-up, Craig Dawson could start the game against a motivated Falcao.
The Colombia international comes into the game fresh off his first goal of the season in United’s last match against Everton, and having scored for Colombia in a friendly during the break, he will be full of confidence against the Baggies.
Falcao’s command of aerial ball is commanding and if he is expected to relinquish the upper hand in aerial control, then it means the Red Devils will run the Hawthorns ragged.
The striker who had been struggling to replicate the tremendous stunt he pulled while at Atletico Madrid seems fired up to help a seemingly slow-recovering Manchester United side. As much as possible, the West Brom defence must find a probable solution to grind the forward from pulling magic in front of their fans.
Morale Boost: If there is a match United must win to boost their morale ahead of their mouth-watering clashes with league leaders, it is this, and Van Gaal understands that a win against the Hawthorns in order to enable them play the next games with their heads up high. A lose against a West Brom side that has won three successive wins in all competitions before losing at Liverpool would mean that the pressure to get points against Chelsea and Manchester City will be very high.
United presently sit fourth after an inconsistent start while West Brom stands at 14th, having registered some impressive performances in their last two games.