Mourinho issues injury update on Valencia after West Brom win

It was far from a vintage United performance as they had to hold on at the end to secure all three points, but a win is a win, and this Manager Microscope dissects the tactics that saw United get all three points. Mourinho maintained throughout Lukaku's drought that he was "happy" with his striker. Here's an analysis of how the Portuguese fared.

"I think any other season we would be top with the points we have".

"The Valencia injury is what I call a December injury".

Mourinho's formation promised attacking football.

Valencia had been captaining United with regular skipper Michael Carrick sidelined due to heart problems and the Ecuadorian was in fine form this season, scoring two memorable goals for the Red Devils. His flawless cross left Lukaku with little to do to head the ball in and score for the second straight game - signs that the striker's form is returning. He seemed pleased enough when Lingard doubled United's lead.

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He said: "I'm hungry for more goals and any way I can help the team - assists, goals - and to win the game is the most important thing". The Baggies also made some tactical tweaks to come out of half-time looking a more unsafe side.

West Brom, for their part, haven't exactly set pulses racing with their displays since Alan Pardew has taken over the reigns from the slumber-inducing Tony Pulis, and you feel the home fans would settle for seeing their side rattle the United net once today. United's assignment came on the back of a successful World Cup in Brazil, where he managed the Netherlands, and took them to a bronze medal position after a 3-0 victory over Brazil.

The inability or unwillingness to push on almost cost United, as West Brom scored in the 77th minute to set up a nervy finish.

The video of Guardiola's men taunting United over their cautious style of play emerged on social media before United's win at the Hawthorns but Mourinho insisted he is not concerned by it. They built a platform for a big win by going into half-time with a 2-0 lead. And if they have got any hope at all of producing an unlikely comeback, these are the kind of tricky away trips they need to win.


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