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West Bromwich Albion 1-2 Manchester United

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West Brom difficult for everyone - Mourinho

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho vowed his side would "fight until the last match" after they moved back to within 11 points of Premier League leaders Manchester City by holding on to beat West Brom.

Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring with a header - his second goal in as many games - against the team he played for during the 2012-13 season.

Jesse Lingard doubled United's lead before the break with a shot that deflected off Albion's Ahmed Hegazi.

The Red Devils appeared to be heading for a comfortable win until Albion substitute Gareth Barry poked home from close range with 13 minutes left.

Baggies boss Alan Pardew's two other substitutes almost combined for an equaliser - Jay Rodriguez shooting wide from a Chris Brunt cross.

But, despite finishing strongly, the Baggies could not add to their first goal in four games under Pardew, remain second from bottom and are on a club record run of 17 games without a win.

"Every match we try to win," said Mourinho. "I know the questions are always coming in the same direction and I keep saying the same.

"Last match in the Premier League, Watford at Old Trafford, mid-May... until then, every match we go."

Mourinho said on Wednesday he would be on holiday if he felt the chance of catching City had gone, and his team must keep grinding out the wins while hoping their local rivals falter.

"We don't want to go on holidays," he added. "We want to play until the last match."

United back in the old routine - almost

For much of the game, this had the feel of a routine win for United - underlined by the fact Mourinho barely left the dugout for the first hour.

West Brom certainly unsettled them in the closing stages, but the visitors had done enough to take all three points.

Bringing back Ashley Young, Ander Herrera and Marcus Rashford certainly gave United more impetus than in Wednesday's laboured 1-0 win over Bournemouth.

And Lukaku looks to have responded well to being among those heavily criticised in the wake of last Sunday's derby defeat at Old Trafford.

The 24-year-old has now scored 15 times for United - and three in his past four appearances.

His celebrations were muted for the second game in succession, though that could be because of a reluctance to annoy his former club's supporters.

Romelu Lukaku
Lukaku has been involved in eight goals (five goals, three assists) in his past eight league games against West Brom

Changes nearly pay off for West Brom

Pardew's side had showed positive signs as they held Liverpool to a 0-0 draw at Anfield in midweek.

And the former Crystal Palace manager acknowledged that result contributed to him making a mistake in his team selection against United.

"I wanted to show faith but should have brought fresher legs in," he said. "I have to accept blame."

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West Brom 1-2 Man Utd: Alan Pardew admits he made a mistake with his team selection

Pardew attempted to enhance his side's attacking play by giving 20-year-old Oliver Burke his first Premier League start.

The Scotland international had few chances to show his pace on the right, though he did offer glimpses of why West Brom spent £15m to buy him from RB Leipzig in the summer.

But the hosts looked a completely different proposition when he was replaced by Rodriguez with 26 minutes remaining.

"Our conviction wasn't there in the first half in terms of passing," said Pardew. "In the second half we started putting balls in the box to test them.

"It was a finish where we could have got something from the game that could have flattered us. It's a lesson learned for myself and the team."

Albion are going to need more than inspired - but fruitless - fightbacks, and Burke's promise to get them out of their precarious position, and reports United want to re-sign Jonny Evans, will concern fans.

Captain Evans lends an air of solidity at the back, but it is going forward where his side - with just 13 goals in 18 league games - need something to change very quickly.

Gareth Barry touch map
Gareth Barry touched the ball 50 times after replacing Claudio Yacob at half-time. Yacob only made 25 touches in his 45 minutes

Man of the match - Nemanja Matic (Manchester United)

Nemanja Matic
The Serb helped United keep West Brom at arm's length for much of the match, with nearly 84% of his 105 passes finding their target

Baggies on barren run - the stats you may have missed

  • Manchester United have won their past three away Premier League games, one more than they managed in their previous 10 on the road.
  • West Brom are now winless in 16 consecutive league games - the longest run in their league history (D8 L8).
  • Lukaku has scored 10 goals in his past 11 Premier League appearances at The Hawthorns, a run which spans games for West Brom, Everton and Man Utd.
  • Barry's goal was his first as a substitute in the Premier League since April 1999 (for Aston Villa against Nottingham Forest), a gap of 6,812 days.
  • Barry was making his 36th Premier League appearance against Man Utd, with only Ryan Giggs (38 v Liverpool) appearing more often against a single opponent in Premier League history.
  • Pardew has now collected just 28 points from a possible 120 in his past 40 Premier League games (P40 W6 D10 L24).
  • Marcus Rashford has had a hand in 16 goals (nine goals, seven assists) in 27 appearances for United this season, one more than he managed in the whole of 2016-17 (15).

What's next?

West Brom's next match is at fellow strugglers Stoke on Saturday, 23 December at 15:00 GMT.

United have a busy week on the road, with a trip to Bristol City for the Carabao Cup quarter-final on Wednesday at 20:00 GMT, followed by a visit to Leicester City in the Premier League next Saturday (19:45).

Line-ups

West Brom

  • 1Foster
  • 2Nyom
  • 26Hegazi
  • 6Evans
  • 3Gibbs
  • 8Livermore
  • 5YacobSubstituted forBarryat 45'minutes
  • 20KrychowiakSubstituted forBruntat 72'minutes
  • 17BurkeSubstituted forRodriguezat 64'minutes
  • 9RondónBooked at 90mins
  • 14McClean

Substitutes

  • 4Robson-Kanu
  • 11Brunt
  • 13Myhill
  • 18Barry
  • 19Rodriguez
  • 23McAuley
  • 28Field

Man Utd

  • 1de Gea
  • 25A ValenciaSubstituted forRojoat 66'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 12Smalling
  • 4Jones
  • 18Young
  • 21Herrera
  • 31MaticBooked at 90mins
  • 8Mata
  • 14LingardSubstituted forMcTominayat 86'minutes
  • 19RashfordBooked at 53minsSubstituted forMartialat 79'minutes
  • 9Lukaku

Substitutes

  • 2Lindelöf
  • 5Rojo
  • 10Ibrahimovic
  • 11Martial
  • 20Romero
  • 23Shaw
  • 39McTominay
Referee:
Anthony Taylor
Attendance:
24,782

Match Stats

Home TeamWest BromAway TeamMan Utd
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home12
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, West Bromwich Albion 1, Manchester United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 1, Manchester United 2.

Booking

Marcos Rojo (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Salomón Rondón (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card.

Phil Jones (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Salomón Rondón (West Bromwich Albion).

Anthony Martial (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by James McClean (West Bromwich Albion).

Booking

Nemanja Matic (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card.

Ander Herrera (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gareth Barry (West Bromwich Albion).

Attempt missed. Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Marcos Rojo.

Attempt blocked. Gareth Barry (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kieran Gibbs with a headed pass.

Scott McTominay (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jay Rodriguez (West Bromwich Albion).

David de Gea (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich Albion).

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Marcos Rojo.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Scott McTominay replaces Jesse Lingard.

Attempt missed. Jay Rodriguez (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Chris Brunt with a cross.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Phil Jones.

Phil Jones (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jay Rodriguez (West Bromwich Albion).

Attempt saved. Jay Rodriguez (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kieran Gibbs with a cross.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Allan Nyom (West Bromwich Albion) because of an injury.

Foul by Anthony Martial (Manchester United).

Allan Nyom (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Anthony Martial replaces Marcus Rashford.

Goal!

Goal! West Bromwich Albion 1, Manchester United 2. Gareth Barry (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jonny Evans following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Jonny Evans (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from very close range is blocked.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Phil Jones.

Attempt blocked. Salomón Rondón (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kieran Gibbs with a cross.

Attempt missed. Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jay Rodriguez with a headed pass.

Attempt saved. Salomón Rondón (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Chris Brunt.

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Gareth Barry tries a through ball, but Salomón Rondón is caught offside.

Hand ball by Jay Rodriguez (West Bromwich Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Chris Brunt replaces Grzegorz Krychowiak.

David de Gea (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James McClean (West Bromwich Albion).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City18171056124452
2Man Utd18132339122741
3Chelsea18122432141838
4Liverpool1897238201834
5Arsenal18103531201133
6Burnley189541612432
7Tottenham1894531181331
8Leicester187562726126
9Watford186482733-622
10Everton176472129-822
11Huddersfield186391630-1421
12Southampton184681724-718
13Brighton184681423-918
14Crystal Palace184591528-1317
15West Ham184591732-1517
16Bournemouth1844101524-916
17Stoke1844101939-2016
18Newcastle1843111627-1115
19West Brom182881324-1114
20Swansea173311922-1312
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