BRUNT’S SHOCK WARN­ING

Bran stokes up sup­port for Tor­res

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY MARCH 8 - By RAY WATTS By IAN WIN­ROW

CHRIS BRUNT has warned Manch­ester United that on-fire West Brom in­tend to make them their next vic­tims.

The Bag­gies head to Old Traf­ford on Sun­day brim­ming with be­lief af­ter three wins on the spin.

Roy Hodg­son’s men blasted five past Wolves and four past Sun­der­land be­fore ham­mer­ing the final nail into AVB’S cof­fin with the week­end 1-0 win over Chelsea.

Three points against the cham­pi­ons would be the first time West Brom have won four Premier League matches on the bounce.

“Why can’t we get a re­sult?” said Brunt (left), who has re­turned from a bro­ken an­kle.

“We’ll be un­der­dogs de­spite our three wins and Manch­ester United will be ex­pect­ing to just turn up and win.

“But there is no rea­son why we can’t go up there and cause an up­set.”

Brunt added: “But we do know it is go­ing to be one of the most dif­fi­cult games of our sea­son – if not the most dif­fi­cult game of the sea­son.” BRANISLAV IVANOVIC in­sists Fer­nando Tor­res should not shoul­der the blame for the slump that led to the ax­ing of Chelsea man­ager An­dre Vil­las-boas.

De­fender Ivanovic ad­mits £50mil­lion hit­man Tor­res is un­der huge pres­sure af­ter scor­ing just FIVE goals in 13 months for the Blues.

But Ivanovic claims no mem­ber of the first team squad should be spared crit­i­cism af­ter a dis­mal cam­paign.

“Tor­res is al­ways in the front row for crit­ics,” said Ivanovic. “He plays in at­tack and should be scor­ing goals, ev­ery­body knows that, but we have played many games with­out him and lost any­way.

“It is not fair to make him a scape­goat. I be­lieve it is only a mat­ter of time be­fore he will ex­plode again. He needs to break down the psy­cho­log­i­cal bar­rier.

“We are all guilty be­cause we have all per­formed be­low our level. We are all to blame, not just one player.”

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