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Adnan Januzaj and Robin Van Persie will be under pressure to find goals for Manchester United. Reuters

Two teams not having the greatest of times at the moment clash in the English Premier League with West Brom hosting Manchester United at the Hawthorns.

United's travails this season have been well documented, with the problems showing no signs of ending as speculation surrounds the future of Robin Van Persie, their premier striker.

The Dutchman is reportedly unhappy with the situation at the club, with United currently 12 points behind fourth-placed Manchester City, who have a game in hand.

Moyes sent out a letter to the fans on Friday thanking them for standing by the team and promising improvement, and the under-fire manager also came out in support of Van Persie, who controversially criticised his teammates after the 2-0 loss to Olympiakos in the Champions League.

"I actually travelled back after the France vs Holland game, with Robin and Patrice Evra," Moyes said. "If you actually read the whole transcript, I think it was taken out of context... we understand fully.

"Robin is a really good player and we will do everything possible to make those opportunities work for Robin. A lot of what has been said [about RVP] isn't correct."

At the end of the day, this is one problem that Moyes could have done without, what with the Scot facing more than enough issues at the moment. United haven't clicked in any department consistently this season, with the defence looking vulnerable, while the attack has not stood up to be counted often enough either.

Moyes will be hoping for one of those rare days when all aspects of the team click together, especially the much-vaunted forward line of Van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Adnan Januzaj.

"I think the key is to improve all things," Moyes said. "I want creativity and think the introduction of Juan Mata and his interplay with Rooney and Robin that I've seen recently has helped that creativity.

"I want to make sure when the creative players aren't getting goals, or the chances aren't coming, we keep the back door shut and don't concede because then we have to chase the game.

"We need to get back to creating more opportunities than we have done. We've played quite well in games but not scored and taken our chances. Teams have maybe defended and counter-attacked and we've lost a goal and are having to chase the game a bit more.

"When we've tended to score first, we've gone on to get positive results. Our play at times, I think, has been good but I don't think we've had the results and we need to get the results to improve, that's for sure."

A win will be far from a foregone conclusion, though, with West Brom, who beat Manchester United 2-1 at Old Trafford in the reverse fixture earlier this season, equally desperate for points as new manager Pepe Mel sees himself under pressure already, having failed to win any of his first six matches in charge.

"I have a lot of confidence and belief in the players and belief that everyone here is working together and that things are going to go well," Mel said on Friday. "My relationship with the players is very good. The players haven't won games on the pitch because of very small margins.

"But they have done everything possible to win those games. I understand players. I was a football player, so I understand. For me, the most important thing is that tomorrow on the pitch the play is good. We need to turn draws into victories.

"Winning games changes everything and by full-time tomorrow we could all be here smiling. It could actually be good for us that a big team is coming here to play. I think the most important thing is the players are ready to compete and realise it is possible to win. The last big team to come here were Chelsea and we played well against them."

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Team news: West Brom: Albion could be without two of their key players in James Morrison and Chris Brunt, who are both doubts for the game, while Nicolas Anelka is suspended. Defenders Billy Jones and Diego Lugano are also ruled out due to hamstring and knee injuries respectively.

Manchester United: Moyes welcomes back utility man Phil Jones after over a month on the sidelines, but Jonny Evans remained sidelined. Javier Hernandez is also set to miss out after picking up a knee injury on duty with Mexico in midweek.

Key men: West Brom: Victor Anichebe will look to bully the United backline, while also trying to take advantage of any chances that come his way, with the former Everton striker, no doubt, keen to put in a good shift against his former manager.

Manchester United: The front three/four need to find fluidity, creativity and goals.

Expected lineups: West Brom: Foster; Reid, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell; Mulumbu, Yacob; Amalfitano, Gera, Morrison; Anichebe.

Manchester United: De Gea; Rafael, Smalling, Vidic, Evra; Fletcher, Carrick; Januzaj, Rooney, Mata; Van Persie.

Prediction: 2-1 to Manchester United