West bromwich(wba) vs manchester united head to head

Sir Alex Ferguson"s final match at the helm of Manchester United didn"t exactly go as planned, as the Red Devils took a 5-5 draw with West Bromwich on Saturday.

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An own-goal blunder by the Baggies" Jonas Olsson could have ultimately been the difference between a win & a draw for West Brom, but regardless, the Baggies should be satisfied with the match"s outcome. 

The Red Devils dominated the possession 65 to lớn 35 percent, but were out-shot 19-16 và saw Romelu Lukaku come off the bench và spark his club with a hat-trick.

Shinji Kagawa got the scoring going for the Red Devils in the sixth minute to lớn give Manchester United the early 1-0 edge (via Premier League on Twitter):

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GOAL West Brom 0-1 Man Utd (6 mins). The champions are ahead, Shinji Kagawa heading in a fine Javier Hernandez cross from the right. #WBAMUN

Roughly three minutes later, West Brom defenseman Jonas Olsson gave the Red Devils the significant upper-hand when he scored an own goal on an Antonio Valencia cross that put United up by two goals (via Manchester United Action): 

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9' GOAL!! Two for United as Antonio Valencia drives a low cross in from the right và Jonas Olsson diverts the ball into his own net!

After an Alexander Buttner goal put United ahead 3-0, the Baggies came storming back with two goals of their own by James Morrison (40") and Romelu Lukaku (50") lớn cut the Red Devils" lead to just one goal. Lukaku"s goal not only put West Brom one goal closer, but it was also a personal feat for the forward as well (via Infostrada Sports):


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Again, it looked as if Manchester United would pull away, as stars Robin van Persie & Javier Hernandez each found the back of the net in the second half to lớn extend the Red Devils" lead in a 5-2 match, but again, the Baggies fought back.

Lukaku netted another goal while Youssuf Mulumbu scored as well lớn put West Brom within one goal of the EPL champs. Then, in the 86th minute, Lukaku completed a hat-trick khổng lồ tie the match at five và complete an improbable comeback for the Baggies (h/t Oliver Holt of the Daily Mirror):

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5-5. Absolutely incredible finish to lớn this game. Just make that absolutely incredible game. Lukaku with the equaliser

Lukaku & West Brom certainly played spoiler on Saturday in Ferguson"s final day as manager of Manchester United. Although United didn"t come up with the victory, BBC thể thao showed its respect for the historic manager via Twitter:

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Sir Alex Ferguson failed to lớn win his first, và last games in charge of Man Utd - but the 1498 in-between proved more noteworthy #bbcfootball

Grades (Subs denoted in bold)

West Bromwich

Position Player Grade
G Ben Foster 
D Jonas Olsson  C- 
D Liam Ridgewell  C+ 
D Gareth McAuley  C+ 
D Billy Jones  B+ 
M Claudio Yacob  B- 
M James Morrison  B+
M Chris Brunt 
M Graham Dorrans  B+ 
M Youssuf Mulumbu 
F Shane Long  C+ 
F Romelu Lukaku A+
F Markus Rosenberg B+
F Marc-Antoine Fortune B-

Manchester United

Position Player Grade
G Anders Lindegaard
D Phil Jones
D Jonathan Evans B- 
D Antonio Valencia
D Alexander Buttner B+ 
M Anderson C+ 
M Javier Hernandez
M Michael Carrick
M Tom Cleverley
M Shinji Kagawa B+ 
F Robin Van Persie B+ 
M Ryan Giggs B 
M Paul Scholes C 

Javier Hernandez (A)

Midfielder Javier Hernandez was brilliant for Manchester United on Saturday, helping the club get the scoring going & aiding in helping the Red Devils draw a tie with West Brom.

Hernandez recorded the assist on Kagawa"s sixth-minute goal that gave the Red Devils a 1-0 lead & capped off an excellent match by scoring in the 63rd minute that made it 5-2 in favor of United.

While the Red Devils couldn"t hold the large lead, Hernandez isn"t to lớn blame.

Romelu Lukaku (A+)

As West Brom"s leading scorer, Romelu Lukaku had to be a factor in this match for the Baggies if they were going to lớn have any shot at taking down powerhouse Manchester United.

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Lukaku"s 50th-minute goal off the bench put the Baggies within one goal of the Red Devils after falling down early 3-0.

From there, he took over the second half và led the charge for West Bromwich, scoring in the 80th và 86th minutes to knot the match at five apiece. The Baggies couldn"t have asked for a better performance as a sub from their star scorer. 

Alexander Buttner (B+)

Alexander Buttner came through with what turned out to be an important goal for the Red Devils.

Although Buttner"s 30th-minute goal seemed to lớn potentially put the match out of reach, the Baggies would go on to lớn score the next two goals, which would have tied this match had Buttner not found the back of the net.

Without that goal, the Baggies" continued momentum could have resulted in a loss for Sir Alex Ferguson in his final match as manager. 

What"s Next?

As the season came lớn a close, these two clubs both have some work to vày in the offseason.

For Manchester United, it"ll look to establish a new era & identity with Sir Alex Ferguson departing after more than two decades at the head of the Red Devils.

Under Ferguson"s guidance, United captured 13 league titles và established United as the powerhouse of soccer. It"s safe to lớn say David Moyes has enormous shoes lớn fill. 

For West Brom, it"ll look to add pieces khổng lồ its club after finishing eighth in the EPL table, with 48 points. The good news for the Baggies is that star Shane Long plans on staying with West Brom, according to the Express và Star.

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