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West Brom 1-2 Manchester United - 5 Talking Points

Shambhu Ajith
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Manchester United players celebrate their first goal

Scorers: Romelu Lukaku 27' Jesse Lingard 35' Gareth Barry 77'

Scoreline: West Bromwich Albion 1 - 2 Manchester United

In what was one of those wins that have become characteristic of Mourinho's United in recent times, comfortable existence was compromised in complacency but fortunately for them, the 3 points on offer were not.

The Baggies lugged their stultifying selves to the Hawthorns and handed the game to the Red Devils in the first half before a late reinstatement of hunger and faith saw them force United to be on their toes.

The Belgian hitman opened the scoring for Manchester United in the 27th minute with what was almost an action replay of the goal from the midweek game against Bournemouth. Jesse Lingard's shot deflected off Hegazi and bamboozled Ben Foster and hit the net to give United room to breathe.

As it turned out, United let the Baggies swarm them in the second half and offered yet another goal from a corner kick, this time to Barry, thanks to some more scrappy work in a crowded space.

But United held on for all 3 points and can heave a sigh of relief and wait for Pogba to return to the dressing room to spruce things up once again.

Here are the 5 talking points from the game:

#5 Stone faced Lukaku is good news for Manchester United

Lukaku decide
Lukaku decided not to celebrate his goal for the second game in a row

Contrary to the arguments offered on air about the absolute lack of celebration after opening the scoring, it is perhaps the guilt that leaves Lukaku stone-faced. After assisting 2 of Manchester City's goals last weekend and helping in mounting evidence himself in the context of "bigger games", it is understandable that Lukaku's head is no place for peace and quiet.

Just like he did after scoring against Bournemouth, Lukaku stayed where was, stared at the crowd and nodded away in silence. Regardless of whether or not it's dejection showing after having been handed a basinful of ridicule or the nonchalance of unsatiated hunger, this is more or less what United will want to see from Lukaku.

Once again, his workrate was impressive and while the striker is nowhere near being the finished product, the fact that he chips in with important goals in, albeit, less important games, will not go unnoticed by the Old Trafford faithful at least.

Lukaku has been involved in 14 goals so far this term. Only Mohamed Salah (16) has registered his involvement more times. Barring the game against City, Lukaku has been quite cogent and needs to shut down the noise and earn his way to a celebration. It's good that he feels the need too and he will only be more adored if he does.

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