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Salomon Rondon's goal earns the Baggies a first Premier League victory over Manchester United at the Hawthorns, as they make the most of their man advantage following Juan Mata's sending off in the first half. The defeat throws a real wrench in the Red Devils' top-four hopes, and ends a string of four successive victories across all competitions.
This is a classic showing from a Tony Pulis side. The Baggies are putting on a clinic of how you're supposed to play with the lead, not just sitting back and inviting pressure but actually playing on the ball and keeping it away from their opponents. It's not looking good for United as they struggle to win the ball back.
There will be four minutes added on at the end of the match.
S. Berahino
A final change for the Baggies as Berahino - who receives a standing ovation from the home fans - is replaced by Sandro.
The hosts manage to keep the ball well deep in the United end and win a corner. It's played short, but quickly wasted by Fletcher who sends a rushed cross into the area for De Gea to claim easily. It's now or never for the visitors. They have to throw caution to the wind.
The story hasn't changed out on the pitch, however, as the Baggies continue to milk the clock and suffocate the tempo as they use their numerical advantage to keep possession. Inside the final five minutes and they're showing no signs of breaking.
T. Fosu-Mensah
M. Darmian
This is an interesting change from Van Gaal, who uses his final substitution to bring on youngster Timothy Fosu-Mensah. He's a natural defender, but has the ability to play up and down the pitch as he showed during his time in the Ajax academy. Darmian is the one replaced.
STAT: West Bromwich Albion have lost just two of the last six Barclays Premier League matches against Manchester United (W2, D2, L2).
The Baggies are doing an excellent job of sucking the life out of the match. It's becoming increasingly dire as the tempo slows to a near stand-still. United are struggling to keep the ball for more than 30 seconds at a time, let alone find an equaliser.
Nearing the final 10 minutes now of what could prove to be a historic day for the Baggies who have never won a Premier League match over United at the Hawthorns. Tony Pulis' struggles against the Red Devils have been well documented as well (W1, D1, L11), but that could all change today.
United are starting to generate a head of steam, and win a free-kick just a few yards to the left of the penalty area. Memphis takes, and floats an exceptional delivery into the six-yard box, but no one is there to attack it, allowing Olsson to clear the threat!
M. Depay
M. Rashford
Marcus Rashford's dream start to his United career came to a sputtering halt today as he failed to make an impact. The teenager is replaced here with 15 minutes remaining, as Memphis Depay comes on to take his place.
United are struggling to get any momentum going whatsoever. It's all too comfortable for the Baggies as they try and defend their lead, showing plenty of energy having been buoyed by Rondon's breakthrough.
STAT: Salomon Rondon has scored in four of his last six Premier League games, having failed to score in his previous nine in the competition.
J. McClean
S. Sessègnon
Sessegnon is replaced here by James McClean, who has been standing on the touchline in full gear for close to 10 minutes waiting to get his chance to come on.
S. Pocognoli
The cross from Pocognoli was excellent, as Pulis' substitution pays dividends!
S. Rondón
AND THERE'S THE BREAKTHROUGH! Rondon is left completely unmarked as a cross comes in from the left, allowing him time to control, turn and power a shot past De Gea at the near post! The 10-men of United have been broken down at last!
It's becoming increasingly harder to tell United are a man down. Everything is very even at the moment, with no advantage to be had for either side as we approach the final 20 minutes. It almost looks at though neither side wants to take the risk and leave themselves exposed.
M. Schneiderlin
Ander Herrera
Ander Herrera has been quiet up to this point and the Spaniard will give way here for Morgan Schneiderlin in the first United change of the afternoon.
STAT: Manchester United have scored at least two goals in each of their last seven visits to the Hawthorns, dating back to a 2-0 defeat in March 1984. They have 34 goals in those 11 trips, averaging over three per game, netting five times on three different occasions.
J. Olsson
Yellow Card
RASH TACKLE! Olsson takes one for the team, sliding in to trip up Martial just outside the area to prevent the striker from getting through on goal. He wasn't quite the last defender, however, so it's only a yellow card for the Sweden international.
The Baggies get back on the front foot again after a prolonged spell of pressure from United. It's so even at the moment there's no telling who is likelier to find the all-important first goal.
S. Pocognoli
C. Dawson
Sebastian Pocognoli is called into duty as Craig Dawson is forced off injured. The Belgian actually won the Eredivisie title with Louis van Gaal during their days together in AZ Alkmaar.
PENALTY APPEALS DENIED! A Rojo cross is blocked by the arm of Gardner, which sends United players into a full on protest for a penalty. The replay shows it did strike his arm, but it was up against his body. The block came outside the area anyhow, so it would have been a free-kick only had the decision been granted.
Absolutely stunning! Martial is so hard to knock off the ball, and shows his wonderful skill-set yet again here in dribbling past three Baggies defenders on the left before squaring for Rashford - but the striker's shot deflects behind for a corner.
STAT: The Baggies have kept just one clean sheet in their 19 Premier League games against the Red Devils, while there has never been a 0-0 draw between these two teams.
The Baggies pick up where they left off, controlling possession and asking questions of the United defence. Fletcher is becoming more involved, and they'll need his creativity and passing skill from midfield if they are to find the breakthrough.
Back underway at the Hawthorns!
AND THERE'S THE BREAKTHROUGH! Rondon is left completely unmarked as a cross comes in from the left, allowing him time to control, turn and power a shot past De Gea at the near post! The 10-men of United have been broken down at last!
Juan Mata's sending off has turned the game on its head, but United have defended resolutely - especially Chris Smalling - as it remains scoreless after 45 minutes at the Hawthorns. The points are still up for grabs and it will be very interesting to see how things pan out in the second half. Stay tuned!
There will be just one minute added on at the end of the first half.
Smalling has been an absolute force in defence in this first half. He's chasing down every ball and getting his body in front of everything. Another nice link-up between Berahino and Rondon sees the latter through on the right, but Smalling is on hand again to turn the cross behind.
The tempo has really fizzled out as we approach the interval. The half-time break will be crucial for both managers, who will be tasked with making the necessary adjustments following the dismissal of Juan Mata. Will Tony Pulis try and go for the win? Will Van Gaal play for a point?
STAT: Manchester United have won their last seven Premier League away games in March - last dropping points on the road in a 3-1 defeat at Liverpool in 2011.
FINE PIECE OF DEFENDING! The ball is worked into the path of Martial inside the area, but he's denied a shot by a wonderful block from McAuley. He really should have taken the chance first-time instead of trying to control.
United manage their first prolonged spell on the ball since the sending off, but have managed less than 25 per cent possession since. Martial holds the ball up well to win a free-kick, which the visitors again play short before giving it away just a few seconds later.
The Baggies have absolutely dominated possession since Mata's sending off. They look so comfortable on the ball, getting up the pitch with regularity and keeping United hemmed in at the back. The Red Devils have to survive the next 10 minutes and get into the locker room.
Rondon and Berahino are developing quite the partnership for the Baggies, providing at least a goal in each of their last three Premier League matches. They're causing the United back line some problems with their movement off the ball here, inching closer to their breakthrough goal.
STAT: Manchester United are unbeaten in their last 11 league games against West Brom at The Hawthorns (W9, D2), nine of which have come in the Premier League – a competition record by an away side at one venue.
SUBLIME HIT! Dawson with an ambitious effort from range, but it nearly pays off! The right-back's dipping volley catches De Gea off his line, but it winds up drifting just beyond the far post! This is turning into a nightmare for Louis van Gaal!
MATA IS SENT OFF! Horrendous from the Spaniard who slides into a late challenge, and is shown a second yellow card just minutes after picking up his first! There was no need for it whatsoever, and the skipper has to make the long walk into the tunnel.
United have not looked anything like the team which have won four in a row in all competitions. The Baggies have been the more threatening team and their confidence is only growing.
Yellow Card
Juan Mata becomes the first player booked, as he senselessly sticks a leg out to block Fletcher's free-kick from a couple of yards away.
OFFSIDE! Another free-kick proves menacing for United to deal with, as McAuley latches onto the end of Gardner's cross at the far post, but sends a header inches wide of the far post. The flag went up, however, so it wouldn't have counted anyhow.
Blind catches Berahino with a high boot, about an inch outside the area. The ensuing free-kick serves as a real chance for the hosts. Gardner tries to lash a low delivery in towards the far post, but Martial reads it well to break it up and knock it over the bar.
STAT: West Brom have attempted 85 shots on target this season, fewer than any other team in the Premier League.
Crucial block! Gardner makes a good run and picks out an even better ball for Berahino inside the area, but the striker's first-time effort is blocked by a well-positioned Smalling. The Baggies are very much on the ascendency here, looking to draw first blood.
TERRIFIC PACE! Berahino sends a searching ball forward for Rondon, and against another defender the striker may have been through, but Smalling isn't your average centre-half. The United defender shows impressive speed to stick with the forward and beat him to the ball, promptly clearing the danger.
We're still awaiting the game's first shot on target as the first quarter of an hour is nearly in the books. It's becoming a bit scrappy from a United point of view, as the visitors struggle to work the ball into attack. West Brom are doing a good job of pressuring the ball, giving these United players limited time to try and pick out a pass.
West Brom growing in confidence here as they start to find their footing in attack. A clever ball over the top picks out Berahino, but his attempted knockdown doesn't find its way into the path of Rondon. This is much better though from the hosts.
The Baggies' first attack comes just inside the 10-minute mark, following a tidy passage of play in the final third. Berahino's delivery picks out Gardner in the area, but the midfielder is just unable to adjust his body to send a header towards goal.
STAT: Manchester United named their fourth youngest starting XI in Premier League history in their last game against Watford (23 years, 222 days old on average).
United are eager to try and keep the ball as opposed to forcing the issue. They win the game's first corner, but Blind plays it short in an attempt to keep possession and let pressure build, as opposed to flinging a cross into the area. The Red Devils appear content to try and work for their openings in attack.
Even start to proceedings in the West Midlands, as West Brom refuse to allow United to keep possession. It has been a relatively guarded opening to the match, however, as we still await the game's first real attack.
We're underway at the Hawthorns!
Not a single change is made to the Baggies team by Tony Pulis, who opts to trot out the same XI who battled leaders Leicester to a 2-2 draw on Tuesday. Darren Fletcher starts against his former club, with Saido Berahino and Salomon Rondon leading the lines. Craig Gardner and Stephane Sessegnon provide the support out wide.
Things are looking up for the Red Devils on the injury front, as the trio of Matteo Darmian, Chris Smalling and Michael Carrick return today to the starting line-up. Guillermo Varela, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Morgan Schneiderlin drop to the bench to make room. Impressive teenager Marcus Rashford continues to lead the lines, with Juan Mata in behind him. Memphis Depay drops to the bench today, however, with Jesse Lingard preferred in attack, starting opposite Anthony Martial.
SUBS: Anichebe, Myhill, McClean, Pocognoli, Lambert, Pritchard, Sandro.
WEST BROM (4-4-2): Foster; Dawson, McAuley, Olsson, Chester; Sessegnon, Yacob, Fletcher, Gardner; Rondon, Berahino.
SUBS: Memphis, Romero, Fellaini, Schneiderlin, Varela, Weir, Fosu-Mensah.
MANCHESTER UNITED (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Rojo; Herrera, Carrick; Lingard, Mata, Martial; Rashford.
Barring a dramatic collapse, the Baggies shouldn’t be in any real danger of facing the drop this season. Although they won’t want to get too comfortable as games against Manchester United and Arsenal could potentially see them stuck at 36 points heading into matches against strugglers Sunderland and Norwich – which could prove to take on added significance should Tony Pulis’ side fail to navigate a result over these next two weeks.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of Manchester United’s trip to West Midlands as they take on West Brom at the Hawthorns, in the hopes of closing the gap on the top four. This unprecedented Premier League season has delivered yet another twist in the tale, as the Red Devils are right back in the race for a Champions League place, no more than three weeks after manager Louis van Gaal had given up hope on what appeared a futile pursuit. Manchester City’s victory yesterday means United are three points back, but they can close the gap with a fifth-consecutive win across all competitions. Hope has been restored at Old Trafford, coinciding with the arrival of teenage standout Marcus Rashford.