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Lukaku and Lingard give Man Utd victory at West Brom

Jesse Lingard of Manchester United

Manchester United moved back within 11 points of Premier League leaders Manchester City by holding on to beat West Brom, who remain winless under Alan Pardew.

Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring with a header – his second goal in as many games – against the team he played for during the 2012-13 season.

Jesse Lingard doubled United’s lead before the break with a shot that deflected off Albion’s Ahmed Hegazi.

The Red Devils appeared to be heading for a comfortable win until Albion substitute Gareth Barry poked home from close range with 13 minutes left.

Pardew’s two other substitutes almost combined for an equaliser – Jay Rodriguez shooting wide from a Chris Brunt cross.

But, despite finishing strongly, the Baggies could not add to their first goal in four games under Pardew, and remain second from bottom.

The result extended their club record run of games without a win to 17.

United back in the old routine – almost

For much of the game, this had the feel of a routine win for United – underlined by the fact manager Jose Mourinho barely left the dugout for the first hour.

West Brom certainly unsettled them in the closing stages, but the visitors had done enough to take all three points.

Mourinho said in the week he would be on holiday if he felt the chance of catching City had gone, and his team must keep grinding out the wins while hoping their local rivals falter.

Bringing back Ashley Young, Ander Herrera and Marcus Rashford certainly gave United more impetus than in Wednesday’s laboured 1-0 win over Bournemouth.

And Lukaku looks to have responded well to being among those heavily criticised in the wake of last Sunday’s derby defeat at Old Trafford.

The 24-year-old has now scored 15 times for United – and three in his past four appearances.

His celebrations were muted for the second game in succession, though that could be because of a reluctance to annoy his former club’s supporters.

More to follow.

Line-ups

West Brom

  • 1Foster
  • 2Nyom
  • 26Hegazi
  • 6Evans
  • 3Gibbs
  • 8Livermore
  • 5YacobSubstituted forBarryat 45′minutes
  • 20KrychowiakSubstituted forBruntat 72′minutes
  • 17BurkeSubstituted forRodriguezat 64′minutes
  • 9RondónBooked at 90mins
  • 14McClean

Substitutes

  • 4Robson-Kanu
  • 11Brunt
  • 13Myhill
  • 18Barry
  • 19Rodriguez
  • 23McAuley
  • 28Field

Man Utd

  • 1de Gea
  • 25A ValenciaSubstituted forRojoat 66′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 12Smalling
  • 4Jones
  • 18Young
  • 21Herrera
  • 31MaticBooked at 90mins
  • 8Mata
  • 14LingardSubstituted forMcTominayat 86′minutes
  • 19RashfordBooked at 53minsSubstituted forMartialat 79′minutes
  • 9R Lukaku

Substitutes

  • 2Lindelöf
  • 5Rojo
  • 10Ibrahimovic
  • 11Martial
  • 20Romero
  • 23Shaw
  • 39McTominay
Referee:
Anthony Taylor
Attendance:
24,782

Match Stats

Home TeamWest BromAway TeamMan Utd
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home12
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, West Bromwich Albion 1, Manchester United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 1, Manchester United 2.

Booking

Marcos Rojo (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Salomón Rondón (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card.

Phil Jones (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Salomón Rondón (West Bromwich Albion).

Anthony Martial (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by James McClean (West Bromwich Albion).

Booking

Nemanja Matic (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card.

Ander Herrera (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gareth Barry (West Bromwich Albion).

Attempt missed. Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Marcos Rojo.

Attempt blocked. Gareth Barry (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kieran Gibbs with a headed pass.

Scott McTominay (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jay Rodriguez (West Bromwich Albion).

David de Gea (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich Albion).

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Marcos Rojo.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Scott McTominay replaces Jesse Lingard.

Attempt missed. Jay Rodriguez (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Chris Brunt with a cross.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Phil Jones.

Phil Jones (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jay Rodriguez (West Bromwich Albion).

Attempt saved. Jay Rodriguez (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kieran Gibbs with a cross.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Allan Nyom (West Bromwich Albion) because of an injury.

Foul by Anthony Martial (Manchester United).

Allan Nyom (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Anthony Martial replaces Marcus Rashford.

Goal!

Goal! West Bromwich Albion 1, Manchester United 2. Gareth Barry (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jonny Evans following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Jonny Evans (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from very close range is blocked.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Phil Jones.

Attempt blocked. Salomón Rondón (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kieran Gibbs with a cross.

Attempt missed. Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jay Rodriguez with a headed pass.

Attempt saved. Salomón Rondón (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Chris Brunt.

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Gareth Barry tries a through ball, but Salomón Rondón is caught offside.

Hand ball by Jay Rodriguez (West Bromwich Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Chris Brunt replaces Grzegorz Krychowiak.

David de Gea (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James McClean (West Bromwich Albion).

goal

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