Manchester United took on West Brom in the premier league game after international break but with several first team players missing United knew they were up for a game at Old Trafford. United started in their usual form at home, bossing the game but failing to create any meaningful chances and whatever chances came their way were squandered. West Brom defended for their life and succeeded in keeping United at bay.
Manchester United 0-0 West Brom Highlights
[ Premier League 2017 Match ]
45′ Severely under strength United side failed to break down West Brom on Saturday afternoon. Baggies frustrated United for most part and had their half chances.
Preview and Team News: Currently sitting 5th in the table with 52 points thats 4 behind Liverpool and 5 behind Man City however United do have two games in hand compared to Liverpool and one game compared to City. Liverpool are playing Everton and City take on Arsenal this weekend which means United do have an absolute superb oppertunity to close the gap between them and top 3 teams.
However they have been dropping points consistently at home against midtable/bottom table clubs and West Brom are no pushovers who will come to frustrate United. United need an early goal to calm their nervous and with Pogba, Ibrahimovic and Herrera missing Mourinho might have to use a makeshift starting lineup to get a result in this crucial and pretty much must win game.
West Brom 0-2 Manchester United – 17 December 2016
[ English Premier League 2016-17 Match ]
05′ 0 – 1 Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored in just 5th minute of the game to put Manchester United 1-0 up.
55′ 0 – 2 Zlatan Ibrahimovic doubled United’s lead after a neat footwork and a deflected shot.
Predictions: Manchester United went 35 years unbeaten against West Brom but in the last two Baggies visits at Old Trafford West Brom produced two wins in a row back in september 2013 and May 2015. Van Gaal has been criticized for possession based gameplans which are not only boring for some experts but also toothless in attack. Wayne Rooney will be slightly more confident having scored the winner against CSKA and he will be leading the forward line for United.