Manchester United begin the defence of their Premier League crown with a trip to West Brom this weekend, and with Liverpool and Arsenal slipping up yesterday the Red Devils are sure to want to hit the ground running.
Having defeated local rivals Manchester City in the Community Shield last week, Sir Alex Ferguson’s men have already picked up some silverware this season and they will be hoping to add to their collection in the coming months.
Boosted by new signings Ashley Young, David De Gea and Phil Jones, the Red Devils will be hoping to raise their game once again to be the team to beat this season.
They will also be hopeful that Wayne Rooney – who started the last campaign slowly after rumours about his future – can hit the ground running this month and help the team get off to a fantastic start.
The trip to West Brom will not be easy though. After guiding the Baggies to safety last year, fans are optimistic that Roy Hodgson can give them their best ever Premier League season this time around.
The midlands outfit have had a good summer in the transfer market too, with Shane Long joining from Reading for £7m. He can add a great deal to West Brom’s front line and this, combined with being organised at the back, should lead to a decent campaign.
This doesn’t mean they will defeat Manchester United though. They may well give the Champions a game, but the Red Devils will expect to come away with three points.
Looking at the team news, West Brom duo Jerome Thomas and midfielder Paul Scharner are expected to be fit, as is Peter Odemwingie who was their leading goalscorer last season.
For United, Javier Hernandez misses out with concussion, while Danny Welbeck, Michael Carrick and Patrice Evra are all doubtful with slight knocks.
West Brom lost 6-0 to Chelsea in the first game of last season, they will be hoping for plenty of improvements this time around. It should certainly be a good game to watch as two clubs look for three points on the back of a positive summer break.