Manchester United boosted their hopes of securing Champions League football for next season with a routine 3-0 win over a beleaguered West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon.
Goals from Phil Jones, Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck mean David Moyes’ side leapfrog Everton into sixth and come to within nine points of fourth place Manchester City, who have two games in hand.
It was a fruitful afternoon for the Old Trafford outfit, as they sought a response following the disappointing 2-0 defeat to Olympiacos in the Champions League 11 days ago.
Jones netted the opener with a bullet header from a Robin Van Persie free-kick, after Rafael had been fouled by Albion’s Chris Brunt.
What followed was a barrage of pressure by the home side, with Claudio Yacob nodding over under pressure from Rooney and Victor Anichebe flashing an effort just wide of David de Gea’s goal.
Ben Foster, playing against his former side, was fortunate to avoid seeing red after appearing to handle on the edge of his area under pressure from Van Persie.
The second half began with Zoltan Gera tamely testing De Gea, before Rooney gave United breathing space with a comfortable header from a Rafael cross.
The Spaniard was equal to another Gera effort as the game wore on and Albion struggled to impose themselves as the Champions turned the screw.
And their miserable afternoon was compounded as substitute Welbeck, on for Van Persie, clipped a finish past Foster to add a third and put the game well and truly to bed.
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