Two second half goals helped Manchester United seal a 2-0 victory over West Bromich Albion in their English Premier League encounter at Old Trafford on Saturday. In the opening 45 minutes the hosts had the bulk of the possession and both sides were looking for ways through the defences however neither goalkeeper was truly tested or forced to make a telling save with the half ending goalless. However in a matter of minutes of the restart Wayne Rooney fed a pass back to an oncoming Jesse Lingard on the edge of the box and the United youngster powerfully sent his shot to the right of Boaz Myhill, to score his first competitive goal and sending a tense Old Trafford crowd into raptures.
They stepped up their efforts going in search of a second but in the 73rd minute they were forced to defend their lines when the visitors had the perfect opportunity, that looked like a certain equaliser however Sadio Berahino was not able to get good contact on his header sending it over the crossbar. That miss proved to be a costly one for the Baggies because in the 90th minute Anthony Martial was clear on goal but was brought down in the box by Gareth McAuley who was the last line of defence resulting in a Red Devils penalty and a card of the same colour for the West Brom defender.
Juan Mata stepped up and converted the penalty to seal victory for the home side. The result sees Louis Van Gaal’s men remain in fourth place although they do add three points to their tally taking them to within a point of Leicester City while Tony Pulis’ players remain eleventh without adding to their total.