McClean hails Moore’s influence

James McClean revealed after West Brom's amazing 1-0 win at Manchester United that the players were all behind caretaker boss Darren Moore.

The 43-year-old was placed in temporary charge when Alan Pardew was axed a fortnight ago and has guided the rock-bottom Baggies to a draw with Swansea City and then Sunday's surprising success at Old Trafford.

James Rodriguez grabbed the only goal of the match but it was McClean who was the star of the show.

Even though the victory will only postpone Albion's relegation to the Championship, McClean is pleased that the players are showing some spirit after what has been a desperately disappointing campaign for the club.

"He's got that likeable factor, so everyone's pulling in the same direction for him," McClean said of Moore. "In the past two games we've put on two good performances for him.

"It obviously helps when you go out on the pitch knowing what you're doing – as individuals and as a team.

"Since the big man's come in, we've worked in training on what we're doing defensively and what we're doing in attack. In the past two games, we've shown we actually know what we're doing when we go out on the pitch, which obviously always helps."

West Brom are 11/2 to continue their recent improvement by beating Liverpool on Saturday, while they are 7/1 to keep a clean sheet against Jurgen Klopp's free-scoring team.

City win title on United loss

Manchester City are confirmed as the Premier League champions after neighbours United were stunned by West Brom.

The Baggies, bottom of the table and seemingly doomed to relegation won 1-0 at Old Trafford to ensure that City couldn't be caught at the top.

Pep Guardiola's side won on Saturday, away at Tottenham but must have assumed that the title would be sealed when Swansea visit the Etihad Stadium next weekend.

West Brom arrived at Old Trafford with just three league wins to their name all season with the drop down to the Championship all but confirmed.

However, despite soaking up plenty of United pressure it was the visitors who got the only goal of the game, Jay Rodriguez heading in from a second half corner.

They held out for the remainder of the game to complete their first away victory since August and their first league win since January. It still looks too late to avoid relegation with the Baggies nine points from safety.

At the other end of the table though their win gifted City the title. Guardiola's side are 16 points clear of United with five games remaining to claim their third title win in seven seasons and their first under the Spaniard.

United boss Jose Mourinho said after the game that his side had disappointed after the euphoria of beating City last weekend.

He told the BBC: "It was a bad reaction after the City victory, the consequence of that is complicated football. Some players think it is stylish football. We were a complicated team and let them feel comfortable.

"City were the best team, sooner or later they would get the points, so no dramas when the best team wins the league."

West Brom face Liverpool at home next Saturday and they are 6/1 to win again while Jurgen Klopp's side are 2/5 with the draw priced at 15/4.

The Baggies are 20/1 to win the game 1-0.

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Moore hoping for triple boost

West Bromwich Albion caretaker boss Darren Moore hopes to be boosted by the potential returns of three players for the Sunday trip to Manchester United.

With the Baggies all but certain to be relegated from the Premier League this season, Moore is at least looking for some signs of fight in the closing few matches of a dismal campaign.

And he hopes to be able to call on the services of loan striker Daniel Sturridge and midfield duo Sam Field and Nacer Chadli for the trip to Old Trafford.

In particular Moore is excited about the prospect of seeing Sturridge in action, with the England international having seen a loan move from Liverpool in January ruined by fitness problems.

"Daniel is back in training and he's been working incredibly hard on his fitness levels and everything else," Moore told reporters.

"He's a good player and he'll be a good addition to the squad, we will see how he gets on.

"All three players are now back in training, which is excellent for us. I am delighted to have them back as it's always good to have additions to the squad.

"All three are quality players and players we respect highly and we will see how they train over the next couple of days. It is possible they could be part of the squad."

The Baggies, who have only lost once in their last four visits to Old Trafford, are 13/2 to gain a draw on Sunday, with a 1-1 final score priced at 16/1, while Salomon Rondon is priced at 13/2 to score at any time.

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Jose eager to secure second

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is eager to see his side do everything they can to secure second place in the Premier League this season.

The Red Devils currently hold a four-point cushion over Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool in the race to finish second behind champions-elect Manchester City, who United beat 3-2 in a derby thriller last weekend.

And Mourinho is keen to maintain that position, with United having won their last five league games – beating Chelsea, Liverpool and the Citizens in that run.

He told reporters ahead of a Sunday visit from rock-bottom West Brom: "We come from a big result and during the week I was trying to fight that result by working well and hard.

"I was trying to make the players understand that it's not enough to deserve to finish second, we need the points to finish second and obviously to finish top four we need four or five points.

"But to finish second we need much more than that and after three important points last weekend we have to try to do this three and be closer to the end of the season and to the second position which is, in this moment, is our ambition."

United are priced at 2/11 to defeat West Brom on Sunday and are 6/1 to claim a 3-0 victory, with former Baggies striker Romelu Lukaku 5/6 to score at any time.

Meanwhile, Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera has admitted that he is unsure whether he will try to extend his Old Trafford stay, with his current contract running out at the end of next season.

He told Mundo Deportivo: "I'm going to fulfil the year I've got left, but I don't know if I will renew. We have started talks but nothing is decided yet."

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Foster up for promotion push

Goalkeeper Ben Foster has confirmed that he would be happy to stay at West Brom to help the club push for a quick Premier League return next season.

The 35-year-old appears to have resigned himself to the fact that the Baggies' eight-year stay in the top flight is coming to an end this season as they sit at the bottom of the table and are 10 points adrift of safety with just five matches remaining.

Foster played a part on Saturday as the side ended an eight-game losing streak to pick up a point in a 1-1 draw against Swansea at The Hawthorns.

It was Albion's first game with Darren Moore in caretaker charge after Alan Pardew was sacked last week and it is not known who will be in permanent charge ahead of next season.

However, Foster has already pledged that he will look to stay, while he hopes the majority of players will remain on board to try and help the club win promotion from the Championship at the first attempt.

He said: "If the worst comes to the worst and we end up in the Championship next season we've got to bounce back up, it’s as simple as that.

"I’d like to keep a core of the players that really want to dig in and work hard to get out of the Championship, because it is a tough fight as well.

"I'll be here. I've got no interest in trying to move clubs. I'm very settled and I’m sure there are quite a few others who would love to stay and help us get back to the Premier League."

West Brom are available at 14/1 to pick up a long-awaited win when they travel to Manchester United next Sunday, while the Red Devils are priced at 1/6 and the draw is available at 6/1.

Carvalhal praises Swans reaction

Swansea boss Carlos Carvalhal said that he was happy that his team responded after going behind to claim a point at West Brom.

The game at the Hawthorns finished 1-1 with the Baggies, under caretaker boss Darren Moore, taking the lead through Jay Rodriguez only for Tammy Abraham to rescue a point for the visitors.

Moore, in charge after the departure of Alan Pardew, ended Albion's eight-game losing streak but they remain rooted to the bottom, still 10 points away from safety with just five games remaining.

By contrast Swansea's revival under Carvalhal continues and they are four points clear of third bottom Southampton though the Saints do have a game in hand.

Carvalhal was pleased with the point after the final whistle. He said: "I am pleased. After the game, we didn't talk too much about it but we knew West Brom would still be a difficult game even though they changed the manager.

"We must do better in the first half when we have the ball but after the goal, we react and have a lot of strength in our head. The team did a fantastic reaction. We didn't give many opportunities to them in return to create chances.

"We aim to collect points with a good number and this is one more. We wanted more but luckily for us, we had time to react and collect one point."

The Swans are in action next Saturday when they are at home to Everton. They are 7/5 for the win with the Toffees 2/1 and the draw is priced at 11/5.

Swansea are 3/1 to win by a one-goal margin.

The other Saturday afternoon games in the Premier League saw Tottenham further consolidate a place in the top four with a 2-1 win away at Stoke. Christian Eriksen scored twice for Mauricio Pochettino's side who have an 11-point cushion over Chelsea in fifth.

Burnley, chasing a spot in the Europa League next season won 2-1 away at Watford and Newcastle, in relegation trouble a few weeks ago, are now in the top half of the table after they won 2-1 away at Leicester City.

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Clucas return bolsters Carvalhal

Swansea City have been boosted by the news that midfielder Sam Clucas is fit and available to feature against West Brom this weekend.

The 27-year-old had to be replaced early in the second half of the 2-0 defeat at Manchester United last weekend, with initial fears suggesting that the knee problem could rule him out for the rest of the season.

However, former Hull City star Clucas has made a quickfire recovery and is in line to be involved when the Swans head to The Hawthorns to take on the rock-bottom Baggies on Saturday.

City head coach Carlos Carvalhal told reporters: "Clucas is ready and 100 per cent. He made a good recovery, our medical department did very good work with him.

"I was very concerned it was about the external ligaments and it was very painful on the day, but the next day when we came back to training he was much, much better with little pain.

"The pain disappeared and the scan showed nothing special."

Meanwhile, Albion will be without veteran midfielder Gareth Barry as he is set to undergo knee surgery next week and is set to miss the remainder of the campaign.

Earlier this season Wilfried Bony netted the only goal of the game as the Swans edged a 1-0 victory at the Liberty Stadium.

They are available at 12/5 to take all three points on Saturday and are 8/1 to win the game 1-0, with a 1-1 draw priced at 11/2.

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Safety first for Carvalhal

Swansea City boss Carlos Carvalhal wants to secure the Premier League status of the Welsh club before considering his future at the Liberty Stadium.

Carvalhal's current deal, which expires at the end of the season, but there has been plenty media speculation suggesting talks are underway to extend his stay.

The ex-Sheffield Wednesday boss arrived in December with Swansea bottom of the Premier League, five points adrift of safety, having parted company with Paul Clement.

They not sit three points clear of the drop zone with seven games remaining. Carvalhal wants to finish his initial task in south Wales before starting to think ahead.

"I will always answer the same," he said. "I want the focus to stay with Swansea in the Premier League and after we have time to talk about that.

"I talk with the chairman every week. We talk often about everything. The past, the present, the future. These are normal conversations about the team, about how they are progressing. This is normal.

"We can't talk about the future when we are trying to save the team. This is the most important thing. There are a lot of things on the table, if you stay in the Premier League or you don't stay."

Victory over basement club West Brom on Saturday would be a giant step towards safety for the Swans, who are 21/10 to win at the Liberty Stadium.

Albion are 7/5 with the draw 11/5.

Once his team are safe, the 49-year-old will be happy to start looking towards extending his stay.

"When we achieve that, then we will talk. My personal situation is not important. I am happy here. I like the players, the chairman and the owner also. I have a good relationship with all of them and the fans. I think they like me, so this is not a problem," he added.

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Moore pleads for unity

Darren Moore, the new caretaker boss at West Brom has said that he wants to see the club unite between now and the end of the season.

He has taken charge of the Baggies until the end of the current campaign following Alan Pardew's departure after the weekend defeat to Burnley.

That loss left Albion rooted to the foot of the Premier League table 10 points from safety with just six games remaining.

So relegation from the top flight appears inevitable with the side having won just three matches all season, two under Tony Pulis and just one during Pardew's time in charge at the Hawthorns.

Moore, a former Baggies defender who was part of Pardew's backroom staff, says that, whatever happens with results in those last few games, he wants to see unity return to the club.

He told the BBC: "We've always bounced back before and that's what we will do again.

"West Bromwich Albion has always been a family for me. And that's the word I shall focus on – family.

"We need to get the unity back among everyone – the players, the staff, the fans, everyone connected with Albion, because that is the only way forward."

West Brom still have to play Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham before the end of the season but they start life after Pardew with a home game against Swansea on Saturday.

The Baggies are 29/20 to get their fourth league win of the season while Swansea, three points above the bottom three are 2/1 to continue their revival under new boss Carlos Carvalhal. The draw is priced at 21/10.

Albion are 3/1 to win the game by a one goal margin.

Relegation for Albion can't be confirmed this weekend but, depending on results, could come as soon as their trip to Old Trafford on 15th April.

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Pardew departs West Brom

Alan Pardew has parted company with the Premier League's bottom club West Bromwich Albion by mutual consent.

The 56-year-old former Crystal Palace, West Ham, Newcastle and Southampton boss only took over at The Hawthorns in late November when he replaced the sacked Tony Pulis.

However, his tenure has been hugely disappointing with just one win in 18 games at the helm as Saturday's eighth successive defeat – against Burnley at home – left the Baggies 10 points adrift of safety with only six matches and 18 points left to play for.

The club have confirmed via a statement that Pardew and his assistant head coach John Carver have left the club and Darren Moore will take over on a caretaker basis until a permanent successor is found.

It read: "West Bromwich Albion and Alan Pardew have agreed to mutually part company today following discussions between both parties.

"Assistant Head Coach John Carver will also be leaving.

"The Club would like to thank Alan and John for their efforts and wish them well in their future endeavours.

"First-team coach Darren Moore has been placed in charge of first team affairs until further notice.

"The Club will not be making any further comment at this time."

The Baggies look set to be back in the Championship next season after eight years in the top flight, but are 29/20 to win their next Premier League match against Swansea at The Hawthorns on Saturday. The Swans are available at 2/1 to win and the draw is 21/10.