Manchester United beat West Brom

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Updated: August 14, 2011

Manchester United recorded a 2-1 victory over West Brom at the Hawthorns on Sunday. A strike from Wayne Rooney and a Steven Reid own goal gave United the win, while Shane Long netted for West Brom in between.

Ashley Young was the start performer for United, creating numerous opportunities and causing West Brom’s right flank a host of problems.

The Manchester side played some great football in the first half. The one touch attractive football that they played against Manchester City was again on show.

United made the better start to the match and deservedly took the lead in the 13th minute. Fabio passed to Rooney, who deftly flicked the ball into Ashley Young’s path. The winger held up the ball and calmly fed a pass back to Rooney. The England striker controlled the ball and calmly hit a left footed shot into the right hand corner of Ben Foster’s goal.

Alex Ferguson’s charges continued to play quick, one touch football, with Tom Cleverley, Rooney and Young looking particularly assured in possession.

Nani could have doubled United’s lead in the 22nd minute. Great interplay between Cleverley, Nani, Welbeck and Rooney unlocked the Werst Brom defence. Rooney then played a pass to Nani, who shot over from 10 yards.

West Brom slowly played their way back into the game, however. Scharner had a shot well saved in the 35h minute, before Shane Long equalised for the Baggies in the 37th minute.

The Irishman did well to create a little bit of space and get a shot off. The shot should never have beaten De Gea, however. The Spaniard was slow getting down to the ball and let the shot slip through his hands.

United dominated possession for much of the second half, but failed to create many opportunities.

Ashley Young was the main threat to West Brom and it was his cross that won the match for United. The winger beat his marker easily and proceeded to the byline in the box. He fired the ball across the West Brom and the ball rebounded off Steven Reid and into the goal.

West Brom pressed for a late equaliser but to no avail. United held on to record an opening day victory.

United will be delighted with the win, but have injury worries over their two starting centre backs. Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic both suffered injuries and failed to complete the 90 minutes.

It left United with a youthful and inexperienced back four of Chris Smalling, Jonny Evans, Phil Jones and Fabio, who acquitted themselves well.

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