Manchester United moved level on points with fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur, for 24 hours at least, after beating West Bromwich Albion 2-0 at The Hawthorns.
The victory, which came courtesy of two goals from Zlatan Ibrahimovic, extended United’s unbeaten run in the Premier League to eight games, dating back to the 4-0 reverse against Chelsea on Oct. 23.
Jose Mourinho made three changes to the United side that beat Crystal Palace in midweek, with Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian and Jesse Lingard replacing Eric Bailly, Daley Blind and Juan Mata. But it was the impact of veteran striker Ibrahimovic that made the difference.
The 35-year-old said before the game that he didn’t feel his age and showed no signs of slowing down when he headed United in front from a Jesse Lingard cross inside the opening five minutes.
Wayne Rooney could have doubled United’s advantage on 23 minutes but was denied by the fingertips of West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster, who turned the shot onto the crossbar.
Lingard was also presented with a good opportunity to score on the stroke of half-time but fired high over the crossbar after Matteo Darmian’s miscued shot had fallen into his path in the penalty area.
Ibrahimovic was on hand to ensure the points in the 56th minute, though, his low shot across goal being deflected in via Craig Dawson.