Lukaku, Lingard Strike As United Beat West Brom

Manchester United’s Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku. Photo: Oli SCARFF / AFP

Goals from Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard gave Manchester United a 2-1 win over West Bromwich Albion on Sunday as Jose Mourinho’s men kept their faint title hopes alive.

Lukaku put United ahead at the Hawthorns and Lingard netted with the aid of a deflection to double the visitors’ lead before half-time.

But what looked destined to be a comfortable win became tense when Gareth Barry prodded home a second-half goal for the hosts.

And United ended the game defending for their lives before claiming the win that kept them 11 points behind neighbours Manchester City in the Premier League title race.

United made a dominant start with West Brom guilty of squandering cheap possession on a frequent basis.

Yet it was the hosts who threatened first in the ninth minute courtesy of a clever backheel from Salomon Rondon to release James McClean on the left.

He crossed towards the far post for Oliver Burke, but the winger could not control a difficult ball on his full Premier League debut.

United’s first sight of goal came on 14 minutes when Ashley Young angled a dangerous cross from the left towards Romelu Lukaku at the far post.

Baggies defender Kieran Gibbs made an important header and Lukaku was penalised for handball as he tried to keep the move alive.

West Brom enjoyed a handy spell of possession midway through the opening half as United lost their way following a decent start.

The home side forced two corners on the left but both were poorly directed by Grzegorz Krychowiak.

But United opened the scoring on 28 minutes as Lukaku returned to haunt his former club.

Burke lost the ball cheaply on the Albion right, Marcus Rashford was given too much space and his cross was glanced home by Lukaku, who had ghosted between Jonny Evans and Gibbs.

There was a glimmer of hope for Albion on 34 minutes when Allan Nyom crossed towards Rondon at the near post but he was denied by Chris Smalling’s interception.

But a minute later it was 2-0 to United as Lingard struck.

– Heated –

He was set up on the edge of the area by Juan Mata after good work by Lukaku, and Lingard’s low shot struck the leg of defender Ahmed Hegazi and looped past helpless goalkeeper Ben Foster.

West Brom already looked beaten but just before half-time Jake Livermore did at least draw a save from goalkeeper David de Gea with a low shot that the keeper held well.

There was a heated start to the second half when Rashford went down holding his face after a collision with Hegazi.

Replays showed there had been little contact but the United player was booked after leaping up and confronting Hegazi head to head.

But that clash did not provide the spark for a fiery second half as United sat back on their lead and Albion were unable to pose any consistent threat.

They had a rare chance when Rondon forced De Gea into a routine save with 17 minutes remaining before substitute Chris Brunt fired over the crossbar from the edge of the area.

But with 13 minutes to go Albion did grab the goal that gave them hope.

Brunt delivered a corner from the left, United failed to clear and Barry profited from an ugly scramble to poke home the club’s first goal under Alan Pardew and his first for Albion.

Things might have got worse for United in the closing stages but Brunt’s superb left-wing cross was headed wide of the near post by fellow substitute Jay Rodriguez.

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Europa League: Manchester United Thrash Feyenoord 4-0

Europa League: Manchester United Thrash Feyenoord 4-0 with Wayne RooneyManchester United remained in control of their Europa League destiny with one group game to play as Wayne Rooney made history in a dominant 4-0 win over Feyenoord at Old Trafford.

The captain, returning to the starting line-up, became United’s all-time leading scorer in Europe on 39 goals with a composed finish to give the Reds a deserved 1-0 lead at the break.

In the second half, Juan Mata slid home his fifth goal of the season to double the lead before Zlatan Ibrahimovic laid on the third strike of the night as his cross was diverted into his own net by Feyenoord’s goalkeeper Brad Jones.

Substitute Jesse Lingard capped off a stunning move with a curling shot in stoppage time, as Jose Mourinho’s men ran out comfortable winners following a fine all-round display.

It means the Reds, who can still top the group, will book a place in the last 32 of the competition with a point away to Zorya Luhansk in the final Group A match on December 8.

Mourinho named a strong team despite making six changes from Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal as Henrikh Mkhitaryan made only his second United start and Sergio Romero replaced the rested David De Gea in goal.

After Fenerbahce’s 2-0 win over Zorya Luhansk earlier in the evening, United kicked off knowing that a defeat would lead to elimination from this season’s competition while a win would almost be enough to go through.

Kurt Zouma Out For Six Months, Chelsea Confirm

zoumaChelsea Football Club’s medical team have diagnosed that Kurt Zouma sustained an injury to his anterior cruciate ligament during Sunday’s Premier League game against Manchester United.

Kurt will undergo surgery in the next 48 hours and is expected to be out for approximately six months.

Zouma also tweeted, “Scan today has shown I injured my anterior cruciate ligament. I will have surgery this week and will come back stronger.”

The France centre-back has made 32 appearances for Chelsea this term.

The Blues came from behind to earn a point courtesy of Diego Costa’s 91st-minute equaliser after Jesse Lingard had given Man-U the lead in the match played at Stamford Bridge.

Manchester United To Play Watford Without Martial, Rooney

ManchesterAnthony Martial and Wayne Rooney will miss Manchester United’s trip to Watford on Saturday through injury and illness respectively.

Michael Carrick had earlier sustained an ankle injury while on duty with England and Marouane Fellaini, who has been deployed as a forward, has still not recovered from a knock sustained in the UEFA Champions League victory over CSKA Moscow.

The Manchester United manager’s plans for the trip to Vicarage Road had been disrupted by sustained by

Manager Louis van Gaal has hinted that James Wilson, who has made one league appearance this season, as a late substitute in the 3-0 defeat at Arsenal, is in line to play some part against Watford.

“He can play but he cannot play a whole match because he doesn’t have the rhythm of the game,” he told MUTV.

Jesse Lingard and Memphis Depay are also in the frame to go up front.

Lingard scored his first Premier League goal against West Bromwich Albion last time out, while Depay has watched United’s last three league matches from the bench.

A victory against Watford would help United move into the top spot at least until Manchester City, Arsenal and Leicester City, play later on Saturday.

Watford have no new injury worries and captain Troy Deeney says Man Utd’s visit to Vicarage Road will be a great occasion for the promoted side.

“Now it’s a different manager, a different style of football, but it’s still Man United,” Deeney told Premier League TV. “It’s still one of the biggest clubs of the world coming to little, old Watford.

“So it’s going to be a great occasion for the fans, and for someone like myself. Not too long ago I was paid £10 a week to play, so if I’m now playing against Man United I’m just going to enjoy it.”