West Brom boss Slaven Bilic is under no illusions about the size of his team’s task at Old Trafford on Saturday night.
Manchester United host the Baggies looking for their first home Premier League win of the season, at the fifth attempt. United are desperately trying to eradicate inconsistencies in their form under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this term and build on an excellent win at Everton before the international break.
But despite United’s poor home form, Bilic still talked up Solskjaer’s men at his pre-match press confernece.
Asked if Old Trafford had lost some of its aura, he said: “Still they are Man United. They didn’t start the season the way they wanted to, especially at home, but even at home they still had some really top performances like against Leipzig.
“They are Man United. They are a great squad with some great individuals, they are looking to make their first win at home.”
West Brom have won at Old Trafford three times in the post Sir Alex Ferguson era at United, having previously gone more than 35 years without a win in the red half of Manchester. And Bilic is hoping is harness his side’s good record at United.
“As a club, recently, we’ve been doing really good at Old Trafford.” he added. “Last four or five times. I have a pretty good record, considering it’s Man United, with West Ham.
“Every game is difficult, especially for us because we’re newcomers. But this is still Man United away. If you see their roster, it’s massive.
“It’s also a big opportunity for us, but first we have to do what we did against Spurs and against a few others – to make it hard, to try and penetrate, to keep the ball, to be resilient, to have numbers behind the ball when needed and to keep them far from our box.
“That’s our plan, whoever we play against. We know what they have in their locker. We know they have pace, quality, they can score from midfield.
“We have to be on top of our game, but we’re ready.”