Lingard lifts nervy Man United past West Brom

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Premier League - West Bromwich Albion vs Manchester United - The Hawthorns, West Bromwich, Britain - December 17, 2017 West Bromwich Albions Ahmed Hegazi in action with Manchester United's Marcus Rashford.

Premier League - West Bromwich Albion vs Manchester United - The Hawthorns, West Bromwich, Britain - December 17, 2017 West Bromwich Albions Ahmed Hegazi in action with Manchester United's Marcus Rashford.

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Premier League - West Bromwich Albion vs Manchester United - The Hawthorns, West Bromwich, Britain - December 17, 2017 West Bromwich Albions Ahmed Hegazi in action with Manchester United's Marcus Rashford.

Premier League - West Bromwich Albion vs Manchester United - The Hawthorns, West Bromwich, Britain - December 17, 2017 West Bromwich Albions Ahmed Hegazi in action with Manchester United's Marcus Rashford.

BRITAIN – Manchester United survived a tense finale to beat West Bromwich Albion 2-1 at the Hawthorns on Sunday and close to within 11 points of Premier League leaders Manchester City.

United&39;s former West Brom striker Romelu Lukaku scored his 15th goal of the season in the 27th minute by heading home Marcus Rashford’s left-wing cross.

 

Midfielder Jesse Lingard doubled the lead with a deflected shot from the edge of the penalty area eight minutes later.

United appeared to be on course for a comfortable win, but West Brom set up a nervous finish for Jose Mourinho’s side when substitute Gareth Barry poked home from close range following a corner in the 77th minute.

United hung on, however, to restore their three-point advantage over third-placed Chelsea. West Brom have now gone 16 league matches without a win and remained second bottom, two points from safety.

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"I think we deserved the win," Mourinho told Sky Sports. "We were the best team. We controlled the game for a long, long time."

United spurned opportunities to kill the game off when Rashford slashed a right-footed shot wide in the 57th minute and Lingard fired straight at West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster.

 

 

They then switched off at a set-piece to allow Barry to score and were lucky not to concede an equaliser when Jay Rodriguez headed wide from point-blank range with five minutes remaining.

"We had a few chances to kill the game but I knew they would react," Mourinho added. "The intensity in the first half maybe we didn&39;t have in the second half."

West Brom manager Alan Pardew, who was appointed last month after Tony Pulis was sacked, made one change to the side who drew 0-0 against Liverpool on Wednesday.

"The team I picked, in hindsight, was not the right team," Pardew said. "I should have put some fresh legs in there, but they did so well at Liverpool that, I’m a new manager, I wanted to show some faith in those players.

"But I should have maybe made two or three changes. We looked leggy."