Date: 17th December 2017 at 8:04pm
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Following today’s clash between West Bromwich Albion and Manchester United, here are the instant reactions from both managers.

West Bromwich Albion hosted Manchester United at The Hawthorns on Sunday December 17 with the visitors taking a two one victory.

First half goals from Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard gave Jose Mourinho’s side a two goal advantage at the half time break but Gareth Barry did get the hosts on the scoresheet 13 minutes from time.

The result puts United back to within 11 points of table leaders and rivals Manchester City but Alan Pardew will take the positives of a strong finish for his new West Brom side and they will consider themselves unlucky not to have snatched a point with Jay Rodriguez firing wide late on – whether that would have been a deserved point on the balance of the game would’ve been a different question had it happened.

Albion are on a club record run of 17 games without a win.

Teams:

West Brom:

Foster, Nyom, Hegazi, Evans, Gibbs, Livermore, Yacob (Barry 45), Krychowiak (Brunt 72), Burke (Rodriguez 64), Rondon, McClean.

Substitutes:

Robson-Kanu, Myhill, McAuley, Field.

Man Utd:

de Gea, A Valencia (Rojo 66), Smalling, Jones, Young, Herrera, Matic, Mata, Lingard (McTominay 86), Rashford (Martial 79), R Lukaku.

Substitutes:

Lindelof, Ibrahimovic, Romero, Shaw.

Speaking to the BBC’s cameras a short time after match day referee Anthony Taylor blew the final whistle, West Brom head coach Alan Pardew explained.

‘I wanted to show faith but should have brought fresher legs in. I have to accept blame. Our conviction wasn’t there in the first half in terms of passing. In the second half we started putting balls in the box to test them. It was a finish where we could have got something from the game that could have flattered us. It’s a lesson learned for myself and the team.’

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho in his comparative interview explained.

‘Every match we try to win. I know the questions are always coming in the same direction and I keep saying the same. Last match in the Premier League, Watford at Old Trafford, mid-May until then, every match we go. We don’t want to go on holidays. We want to play until the last match.’

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