The Baggies were the visitors today at Old Trafford having happy memories of their visit to Old Trafford last season having beaten Manchester United in the same fixture last year despite having around 20% possession of the ball in the entire match. And it’s pretty obvious that everyone and not only Tony Pulis, came into the match today expecting a repeat telecast. The only difference, Manchester United’s last season leaky defense had been well repaired this time. Manchester United ran eventual 2-0 winners thanks to Jesse Lingard’s wonder strike and a late Juan Mata penalty. No happy memories this time for Tony Pulis. While West Brom took 0 points and Manchester United all 3 points from this match, there are 5 points we did take from this match:
1. Jesse Lingard is another Manchester United’s youth product gem
2 years ago, the tumultous David Moyes era had only one single ray of optimism. Manchester United fans remember that nightmarish season only for the exploits and heroics of a certain 18 year old, Adnan Januzaj. 2 years later, Manchester United under the managerial prowess of a person who has given world football the likes of Xavi, Muller etc. Louis van Gaal gave Jesse Lingard his debut vs Swansea during his first competitive match incharge of Manchester United, but it was cut short by an injury. A year later and he is making his dreams come true by playing exciting football and today, went on to score his first Manchester United senior goal and a breath-taking one too. Amazing finish from outside the box. He’s a bright and brilliant prospect and is sure to stay.