THE HAWTHORNS- It took a Zlatan Ibrahimovic header and a bit of luck, but Manchester United won comfortably tonight against West Brom.
A week before Christmas, the West Brom fans making lots of noise before the game, and playing under the lights… what more could you ask for? It looked like a tough one for the Red Devils.
But, Zlatan Ibrahimovic made sure to silent the home fans early on. It took the Swedish striker just 5 minutes to put United ahead after easily heading in Jesse Lingard’s phenomenal cross, getting his 9th Premier League goal this season.
After a lively start, the rest of the first half was dull. Ibrahimovic was booked for an elbow to Gareth McAuley and controversially stayed on the field.
West Brom ended the half looking good but couldn’t take advantage of their possession.
Mourinho’s team have been struggling of lately to really finish teams off by getting that second insurance goal. Which has resulted in many draws recently. They felt early pressure from West Brom in the second half and it looked like it would be a nervy 45 minutes.
But, who else other than Zlatan to finally give United a 2-goal lead? Ibrahimovic’s deflected shot found the net 10 minutes into the second half to see Mourinho’s team have a healthy lead for the remainder of the half.
Manchester United played very cautious in the second half to make sure they didn’t give West Brom a lifeline. With Jones and Rojo as a centre-back partnership once again, they looked very strong. Jesse Lingard, who looked most lively for United after his early assist, was substituted from Marcus Rashford. His pace was a problem from the Albion defence late on.
It finished 2-0 to the Red Devils who make it 3 wins a row and are now unbeaten in their last 8 games. “It went good, it was a difficult game. When you can win like this, it’s beautiful. It’s a beautiful day,” said Zlatan Ibrahimovic in his post match interview when given the Man of The Match award.
United’s win takes them onto 30 points, level with Tottenham who host Burnley tomorrow.
By: Pierre Sanz.