Two goals from Zlatan Ibrahimovic secured a 2-0 victory for Manchester United away to West Brom on Saturday.
The Sweden star hit his 15th and 16th goals of the season – one in each half – to extend United’s run to four wins in a row in all competitions and put them level on points with fifth-place Tottenham in the Premier League.
Ibrahimovic needed only five minutes to make his mark at The Hawthorns, heading in Jesse Lingard‘s cross to put the visitors ahead, although he was a little fortunate to stay on the pitch beyond the 24th minute after he deliberately barged into Craig Dawson.
Wayne Rooney, still one goal short of equalling Bobby Charlton‘s United record of 249 goals, had a shot tipped onto the crossbar and Lingard also wasting a good opening before the break.
But Ibrahimovic fired in a deflected effort after 56 minutes to double United’s lead and ease any fears of more dropped points from a winning position.
West Brom offered little by way of a threat to David de Gea‘s goal and should have been reduced to 10 men themselves, when Salomon Rondon slapped Marcos Rojo and only received a booking.
The end of their three-game winning run at home sees them stay seventh in the table, while United are now on 30 points alongside Spurs, having played a game more.
West Brom started on the front foot, but a clinical passage of play from United saw them silence the home fans after only five minutes.