By Kiran Thakare
- Jesse Lingard opened the scoring, his first in the United senior side
- United haven’t conceded a goal for six games and only one since the 3-0 reverse at Arsenal
Manchester United grabbed crucial three points before the International break by beating West Bromwich Albion 2-0 at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.
The Red Devils remain fourth in the league despite winning the fixture due to the other results. Louis Van Gaal named the same side which started against CSKA Moscow in midweek in the Champions League.
Marouane Fellaini missed out a place squad due to a late injury and Morgan Schneiderlin remained on bench due to illness. Teenager Cameron Borthwick-Jackson was also on the bench making his first appearance for the Red Devils.
The Old Trafford side started the game well as they kept the ball well and tried to break down the rigid defence of West Brom.Juan Mata came close to scoring in the initial part of the game as he curled a ball in the far-post only for him to miss the target by few inches.
United kept on pressing to find incision in the final third. Marcos Rojo delivered a couple of crosses in the box but there was no-one to meet it.
The best chance of the game fell for Anthony Martial as the Frenchmen controlled a diagonal ball from Ashley Young and forced Myhill to make a save. United try to break the deadlock but are not able to find space due to West Brom’s compact defence and midfield.The score remained untouched at halftime.
United started the second half on front foot as showed the intent while going forward.They were rewarded for a continuous efforts when Jesse Lingard scored a sublime goal from outside the box.Martial played a crucial role in the buildup as his cross led to the chance for Lingard.
West Brom tried to attack straightaway as they made attacking substitutes and came close to scoring by a header from Saido Berahino. United were in disarray as they continued to clear ball from the defence and blocked chances for the visitors.
Van Gaal handed debut to Borthwick-Jackson in second half who replaced Rojo and became the ninth teenager from academy to make first debut under Van Gaal.
The home side defended well and were looking for a second goal to kill off the game. Mata came close as Martial laid the ball with a clever header only for the Spaniard to shoot it over the bar.
The Red Devils got their second goal in injury time as Martial was fouled in the box by Gareth McAuley and Mata took a thumping penalty to round of a good day for the home side.
Manchester United would be pleased to go with a win in the international break as they failed to do it previous instances this year.
Manchester United XI: De Gea, Young (Jones 62), Smalling, Blind, Rojo (Borthwick-Jackson 76), Carrick, Schweinsteiger, Mata, Rooney (Herrera 81), Lingard, Martial Substitutes Not Used: Romero, Memphis, Schneiderlin, Pereira