Manchester United managed to survive the onslaught of West Bromwich late in the game to see a 2-1 victory on Sunday at Hawthorns. West Bromwich now faces an uphill battle against relegation for failing to secure a point.
Romelu Lukaku, the Baggies former forward got things started for the Devils with a header at the 27th-minute mark before Lingard managed to double the advantage with a deflection a mere eight minutes. The final stages saw Gareth Barry bundle the ball home to add hope to Pardew’s men yet Manchester United stayed on course and claimed victories back-to-back.
After a subdued beginning to the match, Ben Foster, Albion’s keeper, made his 200th Baggies appearance and had several things to contend with a clearance from Kieran Gibbs that was awkward and a cross from Ashley Young. The club had a wonderful opportunity when Jonny Evans manages to find an opening but his header went over the bar. Romelu Lukaku, who secured the win against Bournemouth at Old Trafford, opened scoring for Manchester after finding an opening between Gibbs and Evans.
Lukaku connected with a cross from Rashford and put the ball past Foster. The advantage was soon increased as Lingard deep in the West Brom box took a shot that deflected off Ahmed Hegazi and then spun off over the keeper to give Manchester a 2-0 lead. Pardew reacted by making a change to the lineup and replaced Claudio Yacob with Gareth Barry, who had just returned from an injury to his thigh.
West Brom added Chris Brunt and Jay Rodríguez to its lineup with hopes of adding pressure against Manchester. This did result in creating some problems in the late stages but Rondon’s shot at close range landed squarely in de Gea’s hands. West Brom’s Chris Brunt managed to float one past the posts to make it 2-1. Jay Rodríguez saw an opportunity to tie the match but failed to get the job done when his header missed the net. Lulaku also had the opportunity presented to him but his shot went wide in the closing minutes of the match. The efforts mattered little as the win allowed Manchester Untinted to close the gap againsat Manchester City to eleven points, and that is good news for soccer bettors who are fans of Man Utd.