Manchester United v Birmingham City Preview

Birmingham travel to Old Trafford on Saturday looking to become the first team to beat Manchester United in the league this season.

Man United are unbeaten in their last 24 matches in all competitions against Birmingham, the last time was a 5-1 loss at St Andrews on the 11th November 1978. There have been a total of 101 games played between the two clubs in all competitions. Out of the 101 matches, Man United have won 47 times, lost 25 times and there have been 29 draws.

Less than a month ago Manchester United played Birmingham City at St. Andrew's. Dimitar Berbatov opened up the scoring on the 58th minute but Birmingham equalised in the 89th minute with a controversial goal, the game finished in a 1-1 draw.

Manchester United will be without Rafael Da Silva after his sending off against Tottenham Hotspur last weekend. They will also be without Ji-Sung Park who is away on international duty, both Antonio Valencia and Owen Hargreaves are out injured.

Man United squad: Van der Sar, Kuszczak, Lindegaard, O'Shea, Brown, Neville, Ferdinand, Vidic, Smalling, Evans, Evra, Fabio, Nani, Obertan, Carrick, Fletcher, Scholes, Gibson, Anderson, Giggs, Bebe, Rooney, Berbatov, Hernandez and Owen.

Birmingham will be without Scott Dann and James McFadden who are injured but they will have Cameron Jerome and Sebastian Larsson back after returning from injury.

Birmingham squad: Foster, Carr, Johnson, Ridgewell, Murphy, Bentley, Fahey, Ferguson, Gardner, Hleb, Derbyshire, Jerome, Larsson, Taylor, Bowyer, Phillips, Zigic, Beausejour, Mutch and Jiranek

Keeper Ben Foster will return to Old Trafford since his move in the summer. Foster may not get the best of receptions after critising the fans for protesting against the Glazers.

Last summer, Foster said: "The fans are obviously passionate about the club but sometimes they need to focus on supporting the club a bit more than getting carried away with the technicalities of who's in charge."

Referee tomorrow is Mike Jones, he has refereed 22 games this season, showing 81 yellow cards and five red cards in all competitions.

Jones has only officiated one game involving Man United this season, which was the 2-2 draw with West Brom at Old Trafford back in October. Jones has also only refereed one game involving Birmingham City, which was their 0-0 draw away to Manchester City in November.

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