MAN UTD “2” WEST BROM “0”
G MCAULEY (OG 9)
R VAN PERSIE (90)
A Gareth McAuley own goal and a late Robin van Persie strike gave Manchester United a 2-0 victory over West Brom at a sodden Old Trafford.
The rain-soaked pitch, which was subject to two inspections prior to kick-off, put pay to any hope of free-flowing football, but Gareth McAuley’s own goal early on and substitute Van Persie’s late strike were enough to separate the sides.
After having a good shout for a penalty turned down in the opening few minutes by referee Jonathan Moss, when Shane Long went down under a challenge from Chris Smalling, Baggies defender McAuley inadvertently gave United an early lead.
Ashley Young’s attempted one-two with Shinji Kagawa was diverted back into the winger’s path by the outstretched leg of Graham Dorrans, allowing Young time and space to drill a low cross into…
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