Lingard and Mata fire United to win

Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata both struck to hand Manchester United a 2-0 win over West Brom at Old Trafford on Saturday.

  • Manchester United 2 West Brom 0
  • Lingard opens scoring
  • Berahino misses sitter
  • Mata adds penalty late on
  • McAuley sent off

Match Summary

Goals from Lingard and Mata saved United's blushes after the Red Devils once again flattered to deceive upfront, registering just a single shot on target in the first half.

Mata's late second half penalty produced a scoreline that belied Manchester United's continuing struggles in front of goal.

Full Report

It threatened to be a familiar story for Louis van Gaal's side, who dominated possession throughout, but largely failed to find a cutting edge in the final third.

Winger Lingard produced the only true moment of quality when he belied his relative inexperience to show brilliant composure, stroking the ball into the bottom corner from the edge of the area seven minutes into the second half.

Mata converted from the spot in injury time after Gareth McAuley brought down Anthony Martial when the Frenchman was clean through.

Teenager Martial, leading the host's forward line with Wayne Rooney playing behind the striker, wasted the best opening of the first half when he fired straight at Baggies' goalkeeper Boaz Myhill after the ball fell to him when free in the penalty area.

Despite triumphing on their last two visits to Old Trafford, West Brom manager Tony Pulis clearly set his side up for a draw, but was forced to adapt a more positive approach following the goal, bringing on Saido Berahino and Rickie Lambert.

The substitutions almost paid dividends in the 75th minute when defender Craig Dawson crossed for the unmarked Berahino, but the striker headed over from only six yards out with the goal at his mercy, and so the visitors' best chance went to waste.

With 15 minutes to go Van Gaal handed 18-year-old left-back Cameron Borthwick-Jackson his first-team debut, replacing Marcus Rojo, while Ander Herrera came on in place of captain Rooney, who again failed to impact upon the game.