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West Brom Up For The Fight

West Brom players and their manager insist they have nothing to lose and nothing to fear as they visit Old Trafford.

Paul Robinson, knocked out by his own team-mate the last time he played against United at the Theatre of Dreams, says the pressure is on the Champions.

'The last time I played there I got knocked out by Thomas Gaardsoe`s backside,' Robinson said.

'I enjoyed man-marking Wayne Rooney.

'He was one of the best young talents around at the time - and still is.

'For me to be handed that job was an honour and I thought I was doing alright until Tommy knocked me out.

'I was out on the sideline and we were down to ten men when they scored their opener.

'I got checked out by the Manchester United doctors and I watched the rest of the game on the TV in the changing room.

'But when we`ve gone there I feel we`ve generally done well.

'There is no pressure going into these games because United are expected to walk all over us.

'We need to relax and play the football we can.'

This time he will possibly end up against Cristiano Ronaldo - good luck mate!

Man United fan as a school boy, Chris Brunt still enjoys visiting Old Trafford and hopes to build on an encouraging start to the season.

'It is a game we are all looking forward to as it's going to be one our toughest matches of the season.

'Everyone wants to be involved to see how far we have come since the opening game of the season against Arsenal at the Emirates.

'We have taken the positives out of the Arsenal match and the last two games have produced two good results and we also kept clean sheets.

[Old Trafford] a great place to go but it is going to be different going there as a player looking to get something out of the game.

'Obviously, I will be trying my best to help Albion get a result which will be a tremendous achievement as Manchester United have the strength in their squad to cope with anything that is thrown at them.

'They have four strikers probably worth 30million each which tells its own story.

'Take two out one game and you have the other two of equal goalscoring ability to step into the side.

'This is the luxury they have as one of the top teams in the world.'

The manager Tony Mowbray talked about the importance of stopping the in-form Wayne Rooney.

'I think in the last two games he has done exceptionally well,' he told Sky Sports News. 'He has scored four goals in two games and you don't need me to stand here and eulogise about Wayne Rooney.

'He fits into that category of a world-class footballer and has done from a very young age.

'It is a great opportunity for our players to be on the same field and compete against him and hopefully show that we have got some pretty good players ourselves.'

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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday October 16 2008

Time: 6:23PM

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Mowbray is a great manager and he will undoubtedly have his team ready for the fight. We should win but it could be more difficult than we think as they showed against Arsenal!
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17/10/2008 14:45:00

i'm sure west brom will play their attacking football at old trafford they are a good footballing side and they scored loads of goals in the championship last season but i feel united will win the game 2-0 berbatov and rooney will score 4 the champions
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