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Report: Lukaku and Lingard earn Manchester United a victory over the Baggies

Manchester United beat West Bromwich Albion 2-1 in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon. It was a first half showing for United, who opened the scoring on the 27th minute through Romelu Lukaku, doubling the lead on the 35th minute through Jesse Lingard. United were not the same side in the second half with Gareth Barry scoring a consolation goal in the 77th minute.

Jose Mourinho made three changes to the side which beat Bournemouth on Wednesday evening at Old Trafford. Ashley Young replaced Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera replaced Scott McTominay and Marcus Rashford replaced Anthony Martial. United need to get three points on today as Manchester City beat Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, extending their lead at the top to 14 points.

United started well at the Hawthorns with Rashford on the attack but his shot was blocked. Juan Mata tried to keep the attack alive, putting in a low cross, which was hacked clear of danger. The Baggies started to get the better of United at times, sending a counter attack forward, not able to do anything to break the deadlock early on.

West Brom won a corner in the 12th minute of the match, which was cleared by Antonio Valencia, the player who gave the corner away, heading James McClean’s effort out of danger. United then broke forward on the attack, winning a throw in, which came to nothing. Romelu Lukaku did have some chances, failing to put his side ahead.

In the 25th minute of the match, United gave away a corner after a deflected ball crossed the line, despite David De Gea’s attempt to stop it. Former Red Jonny Evans headed over the crossbar, aiming to break the deadlock. United were looking pretty pedestrian at this point in the match, unable to break forward or create from the midfield on the attack.

United took the lead in the 28th minute of the match after Romelu Lukaku headed into the back of the net, beating Kieran Gibbs and Ben Foster after Rashford set him up for the goal. It was number 15 for Lukaku this season – which is one of the reasons he was brought in by Mourinho – to score goals. In the 31st minute, Chris Smalling put in a great challenge to deny Oliver Burke.

West Brom had the chance to equalise in the 34th minute of the match but Valencia scrambled the ball clear after a dangerous low cross was put into the box. United needed to be more aware of the Baggies, as they were pushing for something. United doubled their lead with Jesse Lingard scoring another stunning goal after some good play by Nemanja Matic and Mata in the run up to the goal.

United did what they need to do to kill the game off at the end of the first half, but it was no way game over as the Baggies will seek to overturn their two goal deficit in the second half. United, after scoring two goals in the first half have recently started the second half poorly, not trying to add to their haul. This is something which would need to change.

At the start of the second half, Alan Pardew made a change with Claudio Yacob being replaced by former Manchester City and Everton midfielder Gareth Barry. In the 50th minute of the match, United could have scored their third goal of the game after Rashford put the ball into the area cleverly but Lukaku was flagged for offside. Rashford was booked after a spat with Ahmed Hagazy.

In the 56th minute, with United on the attack, the ball was played into a dangerous area with Rashford sending the ball towards goal, but wide of the target. Just before the hour, another counter-attach from United nearly resulted in another goal but Lingard’s effort was gathered by Foster.

In the 65th minute, West Brom made their second change with Jay Rodriguez replacing Burke. Valencia was also unable to continue seemingly with a slight hamstring problem, Mourinho sent Marcos Rojo on for the Ecuadorian in the 66th minute, the Argentinian making his 100th appearance for United. Ashley Young reverted from left-back to right-back.

In the 71st minute, West Brom made their final change with Chris Brunt replacing Grzegorz Krychowiak. The Baggies had a few chances to get a goal back but Brunt’s shot is still rising now and Solomon Rondon’s effort was not good enough. Seconds later, the Baggies got a goal back through Barry.

Mourinho made his second change of the match with Anthony Martial replacing Rashford in the 79th minute of the match with United looking to retain their lead in the final eleven minutes of the match. United made their final change with Scott McTominay replacing Lingard in the 86th minute of the match.

United were lucky in the 87th minute as the Baggies nearly got the equaliser and De Gea had to scramble to get the ball in the congested box. Barry and De Gea had a bit of a fracas after Barry stood on the Spanish goalkeeper. It is yet another game United have scored twice in the first half and looked a much worse side in the second half. Not sure what changes during the break.

Lukaku had the chance to score United’s third goal in the second minute of four in stoppage time, but his shot was wide of the target and the advancing Mata was too far away to run and score. Matic was booked for time wasting in the 93rd minute of the match. Rondon was booked for a clumsy foul on Phil Jones.

United won the match, another three points meaning City are 11 clear again. It was a third consecutive win on the road for United, with a trip to Bristol City in the Carabao Cup coming on Wednesday evening, before they travel to the King Power Stadium to face Leicester City on Saturday, the first 19:45 kick off in the Premier League on a Saturday evening.

Goals: Romelu Lukaku 27′, Jesse Lingard 35′

Assists: Marcus Rashford 27′, Juan Mata 35′

Manchester United: De Gea; Valencia (Rojo 66′), Jones, Smalling, Young; Herrera, Matic; Mata, Lingard (McTominay 86′), Rashford (Martial 79′); Lukaku

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Lindelof, Shaw; Ibrahimovic

Bookings: Marcus Rashford 53′, Nemanja Matic 90+3′, Marcos Rojo 90+5′

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