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Football: Lukaku, Lingard strike as United beat West Brom

Goals from Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard gave Manchester United a 2-1 win over West Bromwich Albion on Sunday as Jose Mourinho s men kept their faint title hopes alive.

Lukaku put United ahead at the Hawthorns and Lingard netted with the aid of a deflection to double the visitors lead before half-time.

But what looked destined to be a comfortable win became tense when Gareth Barry prodded home a second-half goal for the hosts.

And United ended the game defending for their lives before claiming the win that kept them 11 points behind neighbours Manchester City in the Premier League title race.

“I think we deserved the win. We were the best team. We controlled the game for a long time,” Mourinho said.

“The intensity in the first half maybe we didn t have in the second half.

“West Brom are really powerful in the air. But after their goal we controlled it again.”

United made a dominant start with West Brom guilty of squandering cheap possession on a frequent basis.

Yet it was the hosts who threatened first in the ninth minute courtesy of a clever backheel from Salomon Rondon to release James McClean on the left.

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