Manchester United Beat West Brom in Earnest

Manchester United. West Brom.

Manchester United beat West Brom at Old Trafford on Saturday, despite being terrible for the whole first half and being terrible again in the second half until they finally scored.

Juan Mata scored and was then taken off for Jesse Lingard, who scored almost immediately, and then Marcus Rashford came on for Henrikh Mkhitaryan and scored too to give Manchester United a 3-0 victory over West Brom in the Premier League.

The result was good, but the quality of football was bad. Luis van Gaal lost his job last season after the football under him got so bad that people stopped thinking it would get better. And it hasn’t got better yet.

But Manchester United won, which they didn’t do as much under van Gaal, especially towards the end of last season when they lost five times in their final nine games to ensure that they didn’t finish in fourth place or above.

The result leaves Manchester United fifth in the table with 10 points from their first five matches of the season, although their next two opponents are Liverpool away and Chelsea away, so they could be without a win since beating Hull City 2-1 at home three weeks ago by the time they play against Stoke City at Old Trafford on October 2nd

The result was never in doubt. Manchester United’s win over West Brom was a classic case of too much ambition and tempo from too many players.

It may have been a result in the first half of the game that has left United with a more significant deficit than they would have liked, but it is one that will be quickly forgotten. The performance of Antonio Valencia in particular stands out as an example of the professionalism United have shown in recent weeks, and the way he has been able to keep his composure on the ball is indicative of how Jose Mourinho’s side are going to play this season.

The Red Devils were not at their most fluent, but they kept their shape well, and even though they were exposed at times by West Brom’s high pressing, they were able to keep them at bay for most of the match. They did not concede much space behind their defence, and there were few moments when West Brom looked like breaking through.

The visitors were also able to create chances against United, but the Reds’ backline continued to look solid and organized. West Brom were unable to find the back of the net, while United had a number of chances that went begging.

But it was all United needed to take their lead into half-time, with Wayne Rooney

The match against West Brom was the first of a run of five games in the next two weeks, and with twelve points up for grabs, it is a period that could define Manchester United’s season. While the players were not at their best, they secured a 4-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday afternoon. In truth, it was a very comfortable victory for United, who controlled long periods of the game.

At times, United gave the ball away too easily — particularly in the first half — but when they did keep possession, they looked dangerous and played some excellent football. As has been the case in recent weeks, Sir Alex Ferguson’s side were excellent when attacking down the flanks; Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young have been impressive recently and both scored on Saturday. Valencia’s was his second goal in as many games after scoring against Fulham last weekend.

Young opened the scoring after only six minutes to give United an early advantage before Chris Brunt equalized with a fantastic strike from distance. However, United responded well, as they have done all season. A fine passing move led to Young providing an assist for Javier Hernandez (who also scored), who turned home Valencia’s low cross towards the far post to restore Manchester United’s lead.

United were dominant

Manchester United made a welcome return to winning ways with a 2-0 victory over West Brom at the Hawthorns.

It was a game in which both sides exchanged chances, with Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard wasting golden opportunities for United, while Jay Rodriguez was denied by David De Gea on more than one occasion.

The difference between the sides was the finishing of Romelu Lukaku, who broke his ten-game goal drought to take him to 11 for the season. His first came from a wonderful cutback from Anthony Martial, while his second was a sumptuous effort from just outside the box as he curled it into the top corner.

While West Brom will be disappointed at not taking anything from this game, they can take heart from their performance. They created enough chances to have won two or three games and were ultimately undone by their own profligacy in front of goal and some superb goalkeeping by David De Gea.

The match started with a bang as Valencia found his way into the box and was brought down by West Brom keeper Ben Foster for a penalty. Van Persie stepped up to take it, but he blasted it into the crossbar, which sent the home crowd into a frenzy of laughter and jeers.

The match was still pretty even though United were dominating possession, but it was the Baggies that had more chances. In the 35th minute, West Brom forward Saido Berahino tried to find his way in front of goal and managed to get a shot off, but United keeper David De Gea was able to save it easily.

The half ended with few chances for either team, although United had more possession as they controlled the pace of the game.

In the second half, West Brom started with more energy. But they were unable to find any quality chances in front of goal. The Baggies’ best opportunity came in the 77th minute when substitute Nicklas Bendtner found himself inside the box and had a great chance for a header, but De Gea made an excellent save to keep it at zero-zero.

Manchester United ran out 1-0 winners against West Brom at the Hawthorns on Sunday, with Anthony Martial scoring a late winner for the Reds.

The game was a more even affair than many had predicted, but United still dominated possession as they so often do under Jose Mourinho.

The visitors were dealt an early blow when Ander Herrera was forced off through injury to be replaced by Michael Carrick. The Spaniard looked in some discomfort after receiving a knock to his ankle, and it remains to be seen how long he will be out of action for.

United struggled to break down the Baggies for much of the match and their best chances came from set pieces, but the Reds finally made their dominance tell late on when Martial slotted in from close range after good work from Romelu Lukaku.

It was far from a classic performance from the Reds, but all that matters is getting the three points and they did just that here. It means United go into the international break in second place in the Premier League table, two points behind neighbours Manchester City who were held to a 1-1 draw by Stoke City earlier on Sunday.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has expressed his admiration for Romelu Lukaku after the Belgian scored his first goal in four games.

The 26-year-old has been heavily linked with a move away from Old Trafford this summer, but he gave a timely reminder of his quality by scoring United’s second goal to help them beat West Brom 2-1 on Friday night.

Solskjaer, who replaced Jose Mourinho as manager at the end of last year, is happy with what he’s seen from Lukaku and says he still has a place at Old Trafford.

“He’s been fantastic,” Solskjaer said. “I know that there’s been a lot of speculation about him and his future and all that.”

“But I’ve known Rom since he was 16 and he knows what I think about him.”

“He scores goals and he will score goals here. He needs to keep working on his fitness.”

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