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A look at the games that should be on the TV nearest you for Sunday Week 9…

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Do you know what today is? It’s only the second most exciting day of the year besides New Year’s Eve. That’s right! It’s Derby Day, and sure there are other Derbies but there are only two that matter (Merseyside and Manchester) and only one of those has annual championship implications. I’m going to lay it out there, I’m unbelievably bias in this instance. I’m a huge Manchester United fan, and other than nuclear war and carnies, there’s not much I like less than Manchester City. I’m going to try and keep it objective but it seemed responsible to at least reiterate my allegiances.

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Manchester United vs. West Bromwich Albion

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In the Monday night game, the surging Manchester United travels to the Hawthorns to take on West Bromwich Albion. So far in the young season, West Brom are 1-1-1 at home, having beaten up on Burnley three weeks ago in their last home match. The Baggies seem to be carrying on their long tradition of being offensively challenged, as they’ve already been shutout three times in seven games. This shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone that’s been paying attention, because outside Sadio Berahino, no one on the squad has any real firepower. Manchester United on the other hand is a whole different story. Since the transfer window slammed shut, the Red Devils have significantly upgraded their attacking options with the additions of Radamel Falcao, Angel Di Maria, and Ander Herrera. The issue with United so far is their lapses of intensity and haphazard defending. There has been a noticeable improvement on the back line over the last two matches against Everton and West Ham, as they’ve switched to a four-man back line featuring Rafael, Luke Shaw, Patrick McNair, and Marcos Rojo. With that said, even with the improved play of the back line keeper David De Gea had to more or less stand on his head to keep Everton from scoring the equalizer two weeks ago. Whether this is the week the new look Red Devils squad puts it all together remains to be seen.

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