West Brom v Man Utd ratings: Ibra decisive; Rondon wasteful

Date published: Saturday 17th December 2016 7:56

Manchester United: No players make our top 10 of 2016

Manchester United ensured they would go into Christmas on a positive note with a 2-0 win against West Brom at the Hawthorns.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic bagged in both halves to send Jose Mourinho’s men on to another important victory.

West Brom

Ben Foster: Couldn’t really do much about either of the goals. Saved well from a Rooney effort. 6

Craig Dawson: Tried to provide width on occasion but was well stifled. 6

Gareth McAuley: Lost Zlatan too easily for the opener, allowing him a free header. 6

Jonas Olsson: Despite the result was not called into action too much. 6

Allan Nyom: Was poor for the first goal. Struggled to play his game and was penned in well. 5

Darren Fletcher: Intriguing battle with Pogba. Looked alone at times. 6

Darren Fletcher: Has been a rock in Albion's midfield

Claudio Yacob: Played his role as an aggressor quite well and did a half decent job. 6

Chris Brunt: Looked dangerous with his delivery, and in open play always a handy distributor. 6

Nacer Chadli: Was kept very quiet despite an advanced role. Well legislated for by United’s shape. 5

Matt Phillips: Was kept out of the game early but came into the game and looked a threat. 6

Salomon Rondon: Missed a chance with a free header in the first half. Should have been sent off in the second half. 5

Salomon Rondon: Withdraws from international duty

Substitutes

James Morrison (for Dawson, 74′): Came on to provide a cutting edge but couldn’t. 6

Hal Robson-Kanu (for Phillips, 82′): Game was gone before he came on. 6

Jonathan Leko (for Chadli, 82′): Staked a claim for a starting place with late intent. 7

Manchester United

David De Gea: Wasn’t tested much, but what he had to do he did adequately. 6

Antonio Valencia: Very solid – looked a natural. West Brom couldn’t generate any width. 6

Phil Jones: Dominant as ever. Looks a real good partner to Rojo and dealt with Rondon well. 7

Phil Jones: Talks Arsenal draw and his return to action

Marcos Rojo: Similar to Jones it was all about keeping the opposition quiet, which they did. 7

Matteo Darmian: Despite WBA not getting much width, again Darmain looked shaky. 5

Michael Carrick: Protected the back four well and allowed the other midfielders license to create. 7

Paul Pogba: Looking increasingly confident, but made no huge impact on the game. 6

Ander Herrera: Dynamic as ever, but similar to Pogba seemed to be stifled by a solid Baggies side. 6

Jesse Lingard: Beautiful ball for the opening goal, but should have doubled the advantage before the break. 7

Wayne Rooney: Always eager to get on the ball, played nice passes and unlucky not to score on the first half. 7

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Continued his brilliant form with a trademark header and a deflected goal. Quite simply the difference maker. 9

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Fires United to win

Substitutes

Marcus Rashford (for Lingard, 77′): Energetic but ineffective. 6

Marouanne Fellaini (for Rooney, 84′): N/A

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