Manchester United grabs 3 points after beating West Bromwich

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It was a hard-fought victory for United as Gareth Barry's 77th-minute tap-in made for a frantic finish after first-half goals from Lukaku and Jesse Lingard.

Sky Sports pundits Graeme Souness and Jamie Redknapp believe the forward's stony-faced expression is simply a message to his critics.

"There will be a bit of rotation", said Mourinho without directly addressing the Lukaku situation.

Mourinho, who confirmed Antonio Valencia suffered a hamstring injury, also dismissed a video of Manchester City's players chanting - following their win over Spurs - about his side "parking the bus" in a direct jibe to their rivals. "I am of the opinion there's beauty in the game at both ends of the pitch". I don't understand why people don't think it's a trophy. "So probably in the back of his mind is that love for the club".

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

Manchester United grabs 3 points after beating West Bromwich
Manchester United grabs 3 points after beating West Bromwich

West Bromwich Albion boss Alan Pardew claims that Manchester United counterpart Jose Mourinho is more accomplished at winning trophies than any other manager. United don't play against another top-six side until they visit Tottenham on January 31 and Mourinho will settle for Lukaku showing just how much of a "flat track bully" he can be until then. "Big, small, medium, I don't know", Mourinho said at his post-match press conference.

"We controlled the game for a long, long time, and then of course Alan reacts, he makes a few changes to give them more width".

The Baggies are organised enough that they will keep clean sheets against teams who don't have the benefit of United's firepower but goals are still an issue and in four games under Pardew, they have only scored once.

"I don't think [our concentration dropped]". On a cold, wet December afternoon at The Hawthorns, playing a West Brom team that has a new manager and is battling relegation, it would have been easy for them to play like they know second is about as good as it's going to get this season. "We can be happy but there are things to improve". "They didn't have much more after that".

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