Manchester United 2 - 0 West Bromwich Albion

Match info: Premier League at Old Trafford

Date: 29/12/2012 KO: 15:00 Ref: J Moss Att: 75,595

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Man Utd

Gareth McAuley 9 (og)
Robin van Persie 90


W Brom

FT (ht: 1-0)

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  • And that's it! Gareth McAuley had given United the lead early on, while Robin van Persie notched up his 17th of the season to keep the three points in Manchester. There will be plenty of positives for West Brom to take out of this game though, so not all doom and gloom for Steve Clarke's men. Well, I hope you've enjoyed it! I'm Ryan Gordon wishing you all a great New Year's Eve and a prosperous 2013. Cheers all!

  • We're into the third of four added minutes at Old Trafford, and Sir Alex Ferguson has finally taken a seat. He's been up and down the touchline for most of the game, and now he gets a deserved rest.

  • That. Is. Sensational. Robin van Persie picks up the ball on the corner of the area, uses his body well to cut back inside before unleashing a simply stunning curling effort which scorches past Ben Foster before bursting the back of the net. Game, set and match United.

  • GOAL! Manchester United 2-0 West Brom! Robin van Persie!

  • I hear their will be four minutes of added time to come. Danny Welbeck almost wraps it up right here and now, but Foster again produces a sublime fingertip save to send the striker's effort away from danger.

  • Peter Odemwingie's has a shot from range, and although it's not the greatest effort it would have just taken a touch from any player to divert it past the keeper and into the back of the net.

  • An equally important interception at the other end as Nemanja Vidic just prevents Fortune's cut-back from finding the unmarked Lukaku.

  • Vital interception from McAuley now as he just gets a toe to Robin van Persie's through-ball to prevent Danny Welbeck from skipping clean through on goal.

  • A change from either side now as United introduced Paul Scholes for Tom Cleverley, while in the other technical area Marc-Antoine Fortune comes on for Graham Dorrans.

  • Robin van Persie has his first sight of goal, but Foster pulls off a fine save to prevent the Dutchman's low shot from finding the back of the net.

  • Lukaku and Smalling go head-to-head again, with the former winning a corner off the latter. The delivery isn't too bad and the ball eventually falls to Dorrans, but his shot from the edge of the area is quickly closed down.

  • Ashley Young works himself a good shooting chance, but he fires straight at Foster who makes a simply save.

  • Lukaku shows great strength to simply brush aside Chris Smalling inside the area, but his attempted cut-back can't find a team-mate and United clear up field.

  • Really good build-up play from West Brom now as they play the ball around on the edge of the area, but Peter Odemwingie's eventual shot is blocked on the edge of the area.

  • Still a slender lead for Premier League frontrunners Man Utd, with Sky Bet going 11/8 that there will be no further goals, while substitute Robin van Persie is 4/1 to score next.

  • Another change for West Brom now, with James Morrison coming on for Chris Brunt.

  • Van Persie hasn't really had a chance to get involved yet, but that's down to the fact West Brom are keeping the ball in the United third. The Dutchman has actually just come back well into his own half to get a touch of the ball, but it's much more promising from the visitors in this half.

  • West Brom won't come much closer without scoring as the woodwork prevents Gareth McAuley's header from finding the back of the net.

  • Jonny Evans thinks he's won a free-kick, but it turns out to be a free-kick and replays show the ref got it right.


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