Steve Clarke today insisted David Moyes will relish the challenge of managing Manchester United as Albion plotted a way to add to the new Old Trafford chief’s early-season worries.
The Baggies meet Moyes’ side tomorrow with the United boss looking to avoid a third defeat in six Premier League games at the helm.
But Clarke reckons his fellow Scot will be enjoying the task of succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson.
“I can’t see too many negatives to being manager of Manchester United,” said Clarke.
“It’s a big job in football because it’s an institution, not just a football club.
“Anybody with any sort of ambition would want to be the manager of a team of the stature of Manchester United.
“I think it was a case of United doing their homework.
“They looked around the available managers that they thought would come in and do the job at their club and they picked David, which is a great accolade and honour for him.
“His work over the last 10 or 11 years at Everton put him in a position where he deserved to be considered.
“I’m sure David is feeling the pressure of being at a big club like Manchester United even after 11 years at Everton, where he became established as a really good top-flight manager.
“The step up to a club like United is a big step.”
United beat Liverpool 1-0 in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday but their last league outing saw them beaten 4-1 in the Manchester derby.
Clarke said: “I went to watch the game last Sunday and was really impressed with Manchester City.
“I thought they were excellent and United couldn’t get a foothold in it until they were 4-0 down, which was unusual.
“But United have had setbacks before and always bounce back so we have to be ready for a difficult game, which you always expect at Old Trafford.
“They have already bounced back from the City reverse. That’s what the top teams do.
“We are only thinking about ourselves.”
Meanwhile, Scott Sinclair aims to silence any Old Trafford boo-boys by helping Albion to make history.
The Baggies head north looking to end their 35-year wait for an away win against the Red Devils.
And loan signing Sinclair is braced for some ‘stick’ from the home crowd due to his links with their local rivals Manchester City.
But, after tasting Capital One Cup disappointment on penalties against Arsenal on Wednesday, Sinclair is eyeing a prize scalp in the north-west.
“Coming off the back of the Sunderland game in the Premier League we should be looking forward to getting back to the Premier League and hopefully putting Wednesday behind us,” said the 24-year-old.
“There is never a good time to play United. It is always going to be a hard game, but I’m sure all the boys will be up for it and hopefully we can go there and get a good result.
“I’m sure the United fans will give me stick for being at City but that’s football for you.
“It’s great for any player going to Old Trafford.
“ It’s exciting to go there and try to show what you’ve got and it would be nice to cause an upset.”