17 December 2017
Man United moved back to within 11 points of Premier League leaders Manchester City by overcoming West Brom.
United started strongly in the first half. In the 27th minute, United opened the scoring through Romelu Lukaku. From a Marcus Rashford cross, Lukaku headed in to give United the lead. Once again his celebrations were muted, but they might’ve been in respect for his former club.
United doubled the lead in the 35th minute through Jesse Lingard. From the edge of the box, Lingard’s shot was on target, but beat West Brom keeper Ben Foster via a Ahmed Hegazi deflection.
In one of West Brom’s only times attacking United, Jake Livermore managed to test David de Gea from outside the box. But, United were looking comfortable.
West Brom were better in the second half, attacking United more. Rashford came close to extending United’s lead, as he fired narrowly wide. Lingard also had an effort on goal, firing straight at Foster following a counter-attack.
West Brom felt that they should’ve had a penalty when Ashley Young blocked off James McClean, allowing de Gea. McClean felt as if he had been barged to the floor.
West Brom pulled a goal back in the 77th minute, as Gareth Barry tapped in after a scramble in the box following a corner. Jay Rodriguez came close to equalising, but he headed a Chris Brunt cross wide.
West Brom came close again to equalising, with another scramble following a corner but, this time the ball ended up in de Gea’s hands. In the end, United held on for the win.
United manager Jose Mourinho said his side would fight until the end after moving back to within 11 points of Man City. He said that he would go on holiday if he felt it was impossible to catch City.
It was less routine than it was supposed to be for United, but a win’s a win. All United can do is keep winning and hope that City falter at some point.
If Lukaku starts scoring again that will help United get more wins. He has now scored 15 times for United and three in his past four appearances.
United remain in second, 11 points off runaway leaders City. West Brom are in the relegation zone in 19th place, two points away from safety.
Next up for United is a trip to Bristol City in the EFL Cup next Wednesday, the 20 December. Next up in the league is a trip to Leicester next Saturday, the 23 December. Hopefully we can continue our winning form.