April 21, 2018

Manchester United grabs 3 points after beating West Bromwich

19 December 2017, 10:48 | Donald Newman

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"I know the results are not what we would want at the moment".

Romelu Lukaku put Jose Mourinho's side in front with a 27th-minute header and Jesse Lingard netted with the aid of a deflection to double the visitors' lead in the 35th minute.

Travelling United fans then, will be hoping that their side can show some signs of life and give them a modicum of hope for the rest of the campaign.

"This is what I call a December injury". The former Crystal Palace boss has overseen two draws and defeats during his brief spell in charge of West Brom, including a well-fought stalemate against Liverpool last week, was keen to lavish praise on Hegazi. Mata saw a lot of the ball and popped up everywhere, despite starting on the right wing, and Lingard was equally mobile in his No. 10 position.

Lukaku is back to scoring goals.

Sitting on a two-goal lead, United were content to control the game rather than kill it off completely, although they did come close to scoring a third on occasion.

The inability or unwillingness to push on almost cost United, as West Brom scored in the 77th minute to set up a nervy finish.

The defender scored on his debut to seal a 1-0 win over Bournemouth on the opening day of the season, but West Brom have not won since the fixture which followed - a 1-0 win at Burnley - leading to the departure of Tony Pulis as head coach. From that point, it was all the home side, as United's back line had to withstand a barrage. "There are some good managers at the bottom of the league and some good squads and we're not going to make it up playing like we did in the first half". The midfielder made up for it over the next fifteen minutes, while Herrera did well to cut out any attacks that came through the middle, and United hung on for victory.

But that winning nous under Mourinho was once again there to see.

"It was too comfortable for them, we couldn't get any pressure on them".

Pep Guardiola's side have opened up an 11-point gap at the top after a record 16 consecutive league wins.

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