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Manchester United 2-0 West Brom | Match Report

Jesse Lingard scores his first goal for Manchester United helping them toward all three points.

The Red Devils score two goals and keep another clean sheet as they continue push for a title challenge.

During the first half United created some decent chances with the first one coming in the 12th minute. Following a patient build up, Michael Carrick showed great vision to place a firm pass through the middle to Wayne Rooney. The United captain was unable to control the ball comfortably and hit his volley up into the stands.

Juan Mata came close just a few minutes later when Wayne Rooney directed a pass into him. Mata hit his shot first time, curling the ball just wide of the far post.

Former Manchester United defender, Johnny Evans, came to West Brom’s rescue in the 41st minute by reading the game well to prevent Lingard from scoring. Anthony Martial played Jesse Lingard in down the left side of the box. As Lingard struck the ball, Evans was in quick to immediately block the shot.

Just before half time, West Brom goalkeeper, Myhill, was called into action to stop an Anthony Martial shot. The United attacker brought the ball down and span his defender but his shot was hit directly at Myhill.

At half time you would have been forgiven for thinking the game was destined for yet another goalless draw. But just 5 minutes in Jesse Lingard punished some lacklustre defending with a fantastic goal. West Brom defender Chris Brunt’s looping defensive header fell to Lingard who controlled the ball perfectly. With a little bit of time he shaped him self up to curl a well placed shot into the far bottom corner. Myhill had no chance.

The introduction of Saido Berahino and Ricky Lambert seemed to lift West Brom as they began to attack searching for an equaliser with 20 minutes still to go.

They had two great chances to draw level but Darren Fletcher, another former United player, couldn’t get his header from a free kick on target and Berahino missed an almost open goal watching his close range header sail over the bar.

Saido Berahino looks on as he heads over from six yards against Manchester United
Saido Berahino looks on as he heads over from six yards (Source: Guardian)

Manchester United had a couple more chances to extend their lead with Lingard and Mata in the 73rd and 85th minutes respectively, both trying but failing to hit the target.

In the 91st minute United were able to seal the three points when Anthony Martial was brought down in the box by last man McAuley. Juan Mata stepped up and placed his penalty down the middle. McAuley was red carded as a result of his challenge on Martial.

Over the last two games we have seen an improvement in United’s attacking play. There has been a lot more movement around the box and more chances are being created. But giving the opposition goalkeeper work to do is still something the red devils need to improve on. Today’s game is no exception. Most of Manchester United’s attempts we’re either off target or could not beat the Baggies defence.

The win today keeps Manchester United in 4th place, a point behind Manchester City and Arsenal, who are both yet to play.

Premier league table

What did you think of the game? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below or you can visit The United Stand Fan Forum here to join the post match discussion.

You can also watch the Manchester United V West Brom match reaction on The United Stand’s YouTube channel by clicking here. Or by watching below.

Manchester United Team Sheet

de Gea
Young (Jones – 62′)
Rojo (Borthwick-Jackson – 76′)
Rooney (Herrera – 82′)



West Brom Team Sheet

Brunt (McManaman – 85′)
Morrison (Berahino – 72′)
Rondón (Lambert – 72′)



Manchester United 1-0 CSKA Moscow | Match Report

Manchester United score first goal in 404 minutes with a header from Rooney to beat CSKA Moscow 1-0 in match day 4 of the Champions League group stage.

Despite the victory, it will be mixed feelings for many Manchester United fans with the overall performance improved, but there was still little work for Akinfeev to do in the CSKA Moscow goal.

United controlled the game from the start and started at a much higher tempo than in recent games. More crosses were put in and more chances created.

The first fell to Wayne Rooney in the 4th minute. Marcos Rojo played a first time cross from the left which took a touch off Anthony Martial. The ball then bounced for Rooney who hit his volley just wide.

In the 9th and 10th minute Marcos Rojo and Jesse Lingard had a chance each to get on the score sheet but Rojo’s shot was closed down quickly by Akinfeev and Lingard’s strike sailed over the bar.

In the 16th minute Daley Blind spotted a Juan Mata run and hit a long ball over the top. Mata was able to beat his marker but a charging Akinfeev forced Mata to slide and poke the ball just wide of the bottom right post.

Marcos Rojo and Jesse Lingard both had chances again around the half hour mark. Lingard’s attempt again went high over the bar while Rojo was closer with his volley from an Ashley Young cross. But pulled the volley wide of the left post.

Manchester United started the second half well by pressing the CSKA Moscow defence.

Marcos Rojo popped up again, this time from a Rooney corner. The left-back got in front of his man but placed his header just wide of the back post.

A few minutes later Anthony Martial had a chance to put United ahead when he got his head on the end of a Rojo cross but his header was too close to Akinfeev.

Around the hour mark Manchester United began to ease off. The fans around the stadium voiced their disapproval with echoing chants of “We’re Man United, and we want some attack”, quickly followed by “Attack! Attack! Attack!”

The team responded to the chants and created a couple more chances. In the 71st minute, Jesse Lingard finished a winding run into the box with a short pass to Mata who then played the ball into Rooney’s feet but he was unable to position himself to get a shot off.

In the 75th minute, a CSKA defensive header looped up into the air. Just outside the box Michael Carrick watched it drop and hit a thunderous volley just wide.

A couple of minutes later United had a scare when Doumbia was put through on goal but David de Gea read the play and was out quick to block his shot. Doumbia then chased the loose ball just a couple of yards in front of him and hit another shot while de Gea was still down, but a sprinting Chris Smalling slid in and blocked the shot putting it out for a corner.

Chris Smalling blocks Doumbia's shot following a block from David de Gea
Chris Smalling blocks Doumbia’s shot following a block from David de Gea (Source: The Guardian)

If there was a time for Manchester United to score, it was now. And Wayne Rooney delivered with a headed goal from a Jesse Lingard volleyed cross in the 79th minute.

Two minutes later Lingard had another chance when Wayne Rooney played a defence boggling, reverse-flick through ball into the youngsters path. But Lingard’s lashing volley was saved by Akinfeev.

It was a much needed win for United. Both to boost their chances of progressing from the group stage and also to end the goal drought and avoid another 0-0 stalemate.

The victory puts Manchester United top of the group stage with two games left to play. One of which is at home to PSV Eindhoven.

Champions League Group B table

What did you think of the game? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below or you can visit The United Stand Fan Forum here to join the post match discussion.

You can also watch the Manchester United V CSKA Moscow match reaction on The United Stand’s YouTube channel by clicking here. Or by watching below.

Manchester United Team Sheet

de Gea
Schweinsteiger (Herrera – 89′)
Mata (Depay – 74′)
Martial (Fellaini – 66′)



CSKA Moscow Team Sheet

Figueira Fernandes
Dzagoev (Panchenko – 85′)
Tosic (Golovin – 75′)
Natcho (Doumbia – 55′)



Champions League: Manchester United pair return for CSKA trip

Manchester United’s Sergio Romero and Antonio Valencia return to the squad for match day three in the UEFA Champions League group stage.

The pair were rested for Saturday’s trip to Goodison Park following their return from World Cup qualifying duty for Argentina and Ecuador.

Jesse Lingard will also join the 20-man Champions League squad, while Ashley Young and James Wilson miss out.

Read the full article on the Sky Sports website here.

How do you think Manchester United will fare in Russia? Should key players be rested from Champions League duty in preperation for the Derby? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.