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Manchester United 0 West Brom 1 - Player ratings

By Matt Wilson | West Bromwich Albion | Published:

Albion stunned Manchester United at Old Trafford yesterday with a 1-0 victory that reverberated around the country because it handed Manchester City the Premier League title. Here, we rate the Baggies players.

Jay Rodriguez and Jake Livermore. (AMA)

Ben Foster

His tremendous one-on-one save denied Lukaku in the first half but even better was his full-stretch save to stop his former team-mate’s header in the second half. Outshone David De Gea in his own backyard. 8/10

Allan Nyom

Kept Alexis Sanchez quiet before doing the same to Anthony Martial. It was unorthodox at times but it worked. 7/10

Craig Dawson

Was lucky not to concede a penalty when he tripped Herrera in the box and should have scored when Brunt’s corner found him at the back post. But he was a constant nuisance at set pieces, had a hand in the goal, and more importantly, defended resolutely at the back. One block from Lingard's shot was particularly memorable. 7/10

Ahmed Hegazi

A man mountain at the back who cleared plenty of crosses. Only caught out of position once, when a deflection took the ball past him, but on the whole he was superb. 7/10

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Kieran Gibbs

Was rolled far too easily by Lukaku in the first half and was outjumped by him in the second half. But was positionally sound. 6/10

Matt Phillips

Tracked back and defended well with Nyom, and provided some width when Albion were on the ball, but rarely threatened going forward. 6/10

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Jake Livermore

Had a shot saved by De Gea and was bursting forward more than previous weeks to support the strikers. 6/10

Chris Brunt

Dallied on the ball needlessly on the odd occasion but they were rare mistakes in a sound performance. On the whole he helped keep Albion ticking along and sparked a few counter-attacks with simple balls up to Rondon or Rodriguez. 6/10

James McClean

A hard-working performance full of running. Found Rondon’s head with a few crosses and also whistled a shot past the post. Was solid in defence and helped make the pitch big when Albion were on the ball. One of the catalysts of Moore's recent success. 7/10

Jay Rodriguez - Man of the match

Stole possession twice in the first half to set up chances, and was dropping back into midfield when necessary. An astute and hard-working performance, he barely put a foot wrong and then scored with his only sniff of goal it the game. It was nothing less than he deserved and capped off a great week personally. Albion will be hoping they can keep him for next season. 9/10

Salomon Rondon

Set Livermore up for his chance and had a couple of headed chances, but neither tested De Gea. He was a strong focal point for passes up to him and laid the ball off to runners like Rodriguez and McClean well. 7/10

Substitutes

Grzegorz Krychowiak (Phillips 77)

Shored things up and kept United at bay. 6/10

Daniel Sturridge (Rondon 84)

Didn’t have much time to make an impact. 5/10

Claudio Yacob (Brunt 90+2)

Only brought on to run down the clock. 5/10

Unused: Myhill, Gabr, Field, Burke.

Matt Wilson

By Matt Wilson
Football MMPJ - @mattwilson_star

Sports reporter at the Express & Star, who primarily covers West Bromwich Albion.

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