Alan Pardew: 'Jose Mourinho criticism is harsh'

Ruben Hill
December 18, 2017

Manchester United's Antonio Valencia has offered what appears to be a positive injury update after he was forced off during the 2-1 win at West Brom on Sunday.

Jose Mourinho's side close to within 11 points of Premier League leaders Manchester City after the victory.

Salomon Rondon will be starting up front for the home side, and you suspect he might be a lonely boy at times.

Lukaku broke the deadlock after 26 minutes - against the club where he scored his first Premier League goals - the Belgium worldwide getting between two defenders to plant home a fine header from a precise left-wing Marcus Rashford cross.

Alan Pardew says that there is beauty in defending as well as attacking, which often gets forgotten.

The second United goal came eight minutes later and ultimately proved decisive, Ahmed Hegazi trying to block a Jesse Lingard drive from the edge of the box but only succeeding in deflecting the ball past Ben Foster.

At the other end of the table, Alan Pardew has been parachuted into West Brom's hot seat and charged with steering them out of relegation trouble.

In an encouraging spell for home fans, Burke's risky cross seemed to be heading for Rondon before Antonio Valencia did well to get it away.

But Albion did pull a goal back after 77 minutes when United failed to deal with Chris Brunt's corner and Barry stabbed in from close range.

But for all their possession United never anxious Ben Foster and the Baggies remained comfortable as they sat deep.

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But after a Barry cross-shot had been scrambled away, United could have sealed things with a third goal only for Lukaku's mis-hit to bobble wide of goal.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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