While the reverse fixture immediately brings to mind Albion’s 5-3 win in 1978, it is the 5-5 draw in 2013 that has become the most memorable equivalent at the Hawthorns.
That match, of course, was Sir Alex Ferguson’s last match as a manager and one which looked as if it was going to plan with nine minutes to go. The Red Devils were 5-2 ahead but Albion were to stage a remarkable comeback as Youssouf Mulumbu scored and Romelu Lukaku got two more to complete his hat trick (pictured). He evidently enjoyed scoring at the Hawthorns as he has scored 4 goals in 4 games at the Shrine since that day, three for Everton and one for United on their last visit in December 2017.
Albion victories over United at the Hawthorns have been rare in recent years, and in the Premier League, the Baggies have been more successful at Old Trafford. Their only Premier League victory in this fixture came in March 2016 when a Salomón Rondón goal was enough to beat Louis van Gaal’s United.
The Baggies did beat United in the League Cup in 2003 with Bernt Haas scoring a memorable volley and Scott Dobie adding a second against a side that was not full strength but did include Ferguson’s £12m signing, a certain Cristiano Ronaldo. That was Albion’s only victory over Alex Ferguson’s United.
Older fans may recall Albion’s previous home win over United which was way back in March 1984. Johnny Giles was in his second spell at the Hawthorns while the visiting manager was Ron Atkinson who was in between his two spells as Albion boss. It was Giles who came out on top on that occasion thanks to goals from Cyrille Regis and Steve Mackenzie. That would prove to be Regis’ penultimate goal for Albion. He scored against Luton Town in September that year before moving to Coventry City in October.
That wasn’t Giles’ only home win over United as Albion boss. After winning promotion in his first spell in 1976, Tommy Docherty’s United were the visitors in October. Giles opened the scoring and further goals from Ally Brown, Len Cantello and Ray Treacy gave the Baggies a memorable 4-0 win in front of more than 36,000 at the Hawthorns. Amazingly enough, Albion repeated that scoreline the following season under Ronnie Allen when David Cross (2), John Wile and Laurie Cunningham were the scorers.
In fact, in the period between October 1976 and December 1980, Albion played United on eleven occasions and lost just once recording six successive home victories over the Red Devils.
Furthermore, starting with a 6-3 win in April 1968, Albion lost just one of sixteen home games in all competitions against United up to 1984. They have won just two of the fifteen since.
All competitions; most recent game on the right
21 Nov 2020 – Premier League
Manchester United 1 (Fernandes (pen))
West Brom 0
Last meeting at the Hawthorns
16 Dec 2017 – Premier League
West Brom 1 (Barry)
Manchester United 2 (Lukaku, Lingard)
15 Apr 2018 – Premier League
Manchester United 0
West Brom 1 (Rodriguez)
Last win at the Hawthorns
6 Mar 2016 – Premier League
West Brom 1 (Rondón)
Manchester United 0
Albion’s Record against Manchester United
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