Premier League: Nervy Manchester United edge past West Bromwich Albion

first_imgManchester United held on for some neyvy dying moments to edge past West Bromwich Albion 2-1 at the Hawthorns in the Premier League on Sunday.With the win, United solidified their second spot in the league table, still 11 points adrift of leaders and local rivals Manchester City.Lukaku and Lingard were the goalscorers for United and both scored in the first half of the match as United guarded their goal and held on to their dear life in the second half of the match.FT: West Brom 1 #MUFC 2.Despite the hosts’ second-half goal, the Reds hold on for victory after earlier strikes from @RomeluLukaku9 and @JesseLingard. #WBAMUN pic.twitter.com/j3y387unvE- Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 17, 2017United’s former West Brom striker Lukaku scored his 15th goal of the season in the 27th minute by heading home Marcus Rashford’s left-wing cross.Third goal in four games.Red Rom ??? #MUFC pic.twitter.com/Qm6xxZYhUg- Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 17, 2017Midfielder Jesse Lingard doubled the lead with a deflected shot from the edge of the penalty area eight minutes later.The #MUFC forward’s effort from the edge of the area goes in via Hegazi to double our advantage. Get in! ??? pic.twitter.com/65NoXYf9k0- Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 17, 2017United appeared to be on course for a comfortable win, but West Brom set up a nervous finish for Jose Mourinho’s side when substitute Gareth Barry poked home from close range following a corner in the 77th minute.United hung on, however, to restore their three-point advantage over third-placed Chelsea.advertisementWest Brom have now gone 16 league matches without a win and remained second bottom, two points from safety.”I think we deserved the win,” Mourinho told Sky Sports. “We were the best team. We controlled the game for a long, long time.”United spurned opportunities to kill the game off when Rashford slashed a right-footed shot wide in the 57th minute and Lingard fired straight at West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster.They then switched off at a set-piece to allow Barry to score and were lucky not to concede an equaliser when Jay Rodriguez headed wide from point-blank range with five minutes remaining.”We had a few chances to kill the game but I knew they would react,” Mourinho added. “The intensity in the first half maybe we didn’t have in the second half.”West Brom manager Alan Pardew, who was appointed last month after Tony Pulis was sacked, made one change to the side who drew 0-0 against Liverpool on Wednesday.”The team I picked, in hindsight, was not the right team,” Pardew said. “I should have put some fresh legs in there but they did so well at Liverpool that, I’m a new manager, I wanted to show some faith in those players.”But I should have maybe made two or three changes. We looked leggy.”(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img

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