Full-time: West Brom 0-2 Manchester United

Zlatan Ibrahimovic
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic notches a brace as Manchester United seal a fourth successive victory in all competitions and extend their unbeaten run to 10 matches
  • The veteran striker, recently hailed as undroppable by Jose Mourinho, rises to head home Jesse Lingard's cross after just five minutes before doubling his tally with a second-half shot that took a huge deflection off Craig Dawson
  • Ibrahimovic has now scored 16 goals for the Red Devils, including 10 in his last nine appearances
  • Not since Ruud van Nistelrooy in 2002 has a United player scored as many goals at this stage of the season
  • Wayne Rooney remains one goal short of Sir Bobby Charlton's all-time club record after seeing a powerful drive pushed against the crossbar by Ben Foster
  • Sixth-place United draw level on points with Tottenham before Spurs host Burnley on Sunday
  • Defeat snaps a West Brom run of three consecutive home wins and only one defeat in their last six outings
  • The Baggies remain seventh on 23 points
  • Earlier: Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea

That is all from me for now, but be sure to join my IBTimes UK colleague Tony Mogan tomorrow as he brings you live coverage of Tottenham vs Burnley and the small matter of a showdown between Manchester City and Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium.



West Brom were thoroughly outclassed by a much better and more expensively-assembled team tonight, but should not be too despondent after an impressive recent run that leaves them in a good position at Christmas.

A tough trip to Arsenal is next on the agenda before a New Year's Eve fixture at Southampton.


A comfortable night in the end for United, who have now won each of their last four games in all competitions. They are also unbeaten in 10 matches since that Europa League defeat to Fenerbahce in early November.

Ibrahimovic is once again the man of the moment. The 35-year-old continues to bely his advancing years and has now scored 16 goals since moving to Old Trafford, including a run of 10 in his last nine appearances.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Plenty of momentum heading into the festive period for Mourinho's side, who remain sixth but draw level on points with Tottenham ahead of the latter's clash with Burnley tomorrow.

Next up for United is a Boxing Day visit from relegation candidates Sunderland and old manager David Moyes. They close out 2016 at home to Middlesbrough and begin the New Year at West Ham before an FA Cup reunion with Reading boss Jaap Stam and an EFL Cup semi-final first-leg tie against Hull.



West Brom 0-2 Manchester United


United keep the ball with ease in the West Brom half. Rashford tries to bend a shot into the bottom corner but crashes the ball into McAuley.


Herrera is the man to make way for Smalling. This is the centre-back's first appearance since that 4-0 defeat at Chelsea on 23 October.


The fourth official signals four minutes of added time as Smalling prepares to enter the fray for United.


Brunt smashes Rashford with an incredibly cynical bodycheck and is rightfully booked.


Leko skins Darmian down the West Brom right, only to see his cross headed clear. That was an impressive burst of pace from the youngster.


"If Fellaini scores, we're on the pitch" is the chant from the away fans.

They continue to sing his name, perhaps to show two fingers to those who booed the divisive Belgian when he came out to warm up against Tottenham at Old Trafford last weekend.


Rooney's wait to go level with the great Sir Bobby Charlton on 249 United goals continues as his number goes up.

He hands his armband to Carrick and jogs off to be replaced by Marouane Fellaini.

Marouane Fellaini and Wayne Rooney


Pulis uses up his remaining substitutions with a double swap. Hal Robson-Kanu and 17-year-old forward Jonathan Leko come on for Phillips and Chadli.

Less than 10 minutes remaining for that duo to make an impact.


Pogba combines well with Ibrahimovic before lashing a shot over the crossbar. That was always rising.



West Brom have a chance to get decent service into the box after Nyom is brought down by Darmian. However, United stand firm to clear their lines.

Lingard makes way for Marcus Rashford.


With a little over 15 minutes plus stoppage time remaining, Pulis finally makes his first change of the match.

Morrison replaces Dawson and Brunt switches to left-back.


Great block from Darmian to thwart a volley from Phillips.

West Brom appeal for a penalty after McAuley's header hits the arm of a leaping Pogba, but referee Taylor is unmoved.

That would have been very harsh.


West Brom win a free-kick in a good area, but McAuley and Fletcher are both caught offside.

Phillips then crudely barges over Darmian and Pogba shoots straight at Foster.


Ibrahimovic looks to have chimed in on that Rondon/Rojo row and he will need to be careful having already been booked for clattering Dawson. Rooney is called over to help calm proceedings.


The Rondon vs Rojo/Jones battle continues.

Rondon sparks an argument after a push to the chest of Rojo. Jones then gets involved before Rondon appears to slap the Argentine.

Both players are shown yellow cards, but Rondon can count himself very fortunate that the referee didn't see that hand to the face. He surely would been off otherwise.

Salomon Rondon
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An irate Pulis yells in despair after Phillips, having strayed fractionally beyond Rojo, is flagged for offside after being sent scampering towards the byline by Rondon.

Nothing is coming off for West Brom at the moment.


These two teams were separated by only one place and four points in the table before kick-off, but United are clearly a cut above their opponents.

Ibrahimovic receives possession from Rooney and exploits the gap between Phillips and McAuley before driving home via a massive deflection off Dawson.

West Brom have a real mountain to climb now.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic
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Goal: West Brom 0-2 Manchester United (Zlatan Ibrahimovic)


Paul Pogba, certainly not a player who lacks confidence in his own abilities, spots Foster off his line and tries to beat the goalkeeper with an audacious effort from a long way out.

Thankfully for West Brom, his shot lacks the appropriate dip.

Paul Pogba