The Scot certainly won’t be thinking about a trip to Spain next week when it comes to team selection against a West Brom side who are in-form and ready to try and emulate last season’s 2-2 draw at Old Trafford where the visitors came from two goals behind.
Naturally, the champioins are hot favourites at 1/3 (Bet Victor – £50 free bets) to claim all three points and potentially go top of the table, with Manchester City having a tough encounter at the Liberty Stadium.
While United’s form in Europe is shabby, we should remember that they won 3-1 at Tottenham last Sunday and the players are very focused on reeling in their noisy neighbours, with Wayne Rooney starting to get amongst the goals at a crucial stage in the season.
Rooney has scored seven goals in his last five matches and the England forward is 3/1 (bet365 bookmaker) to score the opening goal on Sunday, while Ashley Young and Nani are likely to also pose a threat after helping to carve open the Tottenham defence last weekend.
West Brom have nothing to lose from their trip north and the Baggies have won as many away games (6) on the road this term than Arsenal and Tottenham, with the Albion having secured three consecutive wins to effectively guarantee their Premier League status for another campaign.
Roy Hodgson’s team are 11/1 (Betfred) to claim a shock victory and 9/2 to secure a valuable point and put a big dent in Manchester United’s title aspirations.