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Jesse Lingard lights up Old Trafford as Manchester United beat West Brom

first_img There was a brief moment of panic when David de Gea spilled Evans’ header from a corner at the other end, but Marcos Rojo came to the rescue. The first chants of “attack, attack, attack” from the frustrated home support came from the Stretford End in the 39th minute and not until five minutes later did United to register a shot on target. Unfortunately for the home fans, Myhill easily saved Martial’s effort. United enjoyed 76 per cent of possession in the first half, but they desperately needed a goal. Thankfully for them it came seven minutes after the restart. Chris Brunt’s headed clearance landed at Lingard’s feet. He took one touch before curling a perfectly-placed shot into the far corner. United started to play with more freedom. Lingard continued to run at the Albion defence while Rooney attempted to thread Martial in behind. Tony Pulis finally abandoned his defensive tactics and brought on Saido Berahino and Rickie Lambert. The move almost paid off when Craig Dawson found Berahino unmarked in the box, but he headed over. His manager was furious. Van Gaal, meanwhile, brought on 18-year-old Cameron Borthwick-Jackson on for his debut. Lingard was still very much the star of the show, however. The winger tricked his way past two defenders inside the Baggies box but could not make it past a third. Mata then sealed the win in injury time when Martial won a penalty after being brought down by McAuley. Dean sent the defender off and Mata beat the Baggies goalkeeper. TWEET OF THE MATCH You little Jesse! Things are livening up as Lingard puts Manchester United ahead with a delightful goal. – Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) acknowledges the class of Manchester United youngster Jesse Lingard. PLAYER RATINGS Manchester United DAVID DE GEA: 6 ASHLEY YOUNG: 6 CHRIS SMALLING: 7 DALEY BLIND: 6 MARCOS ROJO: 7 MICHAEL CARRICK: 7 BASTIAN SCHWEINSTEIGER: 6 JUAN MATA: 7 WAYNE ROONEY: 6 JESSE LINGARD: 8 ANTHONY MARTIAL: 8 SUBSTITUTES: PHIL JONES (on for Young, 62mins): 6 CAMERON BORTHWICK-JACKSON (on for Rojo, 76mins): 6 ANDER HERRERA (on for Rooney, 82mins): 7 West Brom BOAZ MYHILL: 6 CRAIG DAWSON: 6 GARETH MCAULEY: 5 JONNY EVANS: 6 CHRIS BRUNT: 5 CLAUDIO YACOB: 6 DARREN FLETCHER: 6 JAMES MORRISON: 6 STEPHANE SESSEGNON: 5 JAMES MCCLEAN: 5 SALOMON RONDON: 6 SUBSTITUTES: RICKIE LAMBERT (on for Rondon, 72mins): 6 SAIDO BERAHINO (on for Morrison, 72mins): 4 CALLUM MCMANAMAN (on for Brunt, 85mins): 5 STAR PLAYER Jesse Lingard: The man on the pitch who was more willing to take risks than the rest. The Warrington winger tried to take on his man at every opportunity and the Baggies often had to double on him to stop him. He deserved his goal, which he converted well, calmly steadying himself before whipping the ball into the far corner. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Saido Berahino’s miss: Lingard’s finish was something of beauty, but this was the key moment in the match. Soon after Lingard had broken the deadlock, Berahino found himself free in the box. Craig Dawson found him with a perfect cross, but the Burundi-born frontman headed over. VIEW FROM THE BENCH One of the biggest challenges Louis van Gaal has struggled with since he took over is beating teams who park the bus at Old Trafford. Tony Pulis came looking for a draw and he got his tactics perfect. Just like last season, West Brom set up defensively in a 4-5-1 formation and they frustrated the hosts for large parts. It was only Chris Brunt’s poor clearance that allowed United to break the deadlock. MOAN OF THE MATCH: Van Gaal’s tactics. Van Gaal persists with his 4-2-3-1 formation regardless of the opponent. While continuity is important, is there really any merit in playing two holding midfielders against a one-man attack. There were times when West Brom outnumbered nine to four at the back because of Van Gaal’s tactics. WHO’S UP NEXT Watford v Manchester United, November 21 (Premier League) West Brom v Arsenal, November 21 (Premier League) Lingard, who joined United when he was seven, rounded off a perfect week by planting the ball into the far corner of Boaz Myhill’s goal from the edge of the box to open the scoring. Earlier this week he supplied a deft assist for Wayne Rooney on his first Champions League start at Old Trafford. And on Saturday, the Warrington winger was the best player on the park, testing West Brom’s defence before finally ending their stubborn resistance in the 52nd minute. When Gareth McAuley hauled down Anthony Martial in the box late on, Mike Dean had no option but to send the defender off and Juan Mata converted the penalty to seal the win. On the whole, United only offered glimpses of champagne football, but unlike of Tuesday night, there were few dissenting voices in the crowd as Louis van Gaal’s side recorded the win that kept them in fourth. It was a familiar story for the hosts in the first half. Plenty of passing and possession but no end product against an opponent who parked the bus. Mata curled a shot inches wide, but otherwise United could not fathom a decent chance. Rooney and Bastian Schweinsteiger shot woefully wide. On the rare occasion United prised open West Brom’s back four, McAuley and Jonny Evans were there to deny Rooney and Lingard. On Friday, five of United’s most famous academy graduates enjoyed success by watching Salford beat Notts County in the FA Cup. At Old Trafford on Saturday it was the turn of another United youth product to shine. Jesse Lingard gave the home support inside Old Trafford something to cheer as he helped Manchester United to a 2-0 victory over 10-man West Brom with his first goal for the club. Press Associationlast_img read more

March Madness 2019: Duke’s Zion Williamson discusses win over UCF, matchup with Tacko Fall

first_img“It’s March Madness. A lot is going through my mind,” Williamson told reporters during a postgame press conference. “I consider (Krzyzewski) the greatest coach of all time. When he looks at you and says ‘you’re made for this moment’ it’s like, the most confidence you can be giving. When I went to the basket, I knew it was going in.”Williamson entered the game shooting 32.1 percent from 3-point range this season. The projected top choice in the 2019 draft, however, hit three of his seven attempts from behind the arc against the Knights.  “I always feel comfortable with my 3-point game,” Williamson said. “My teammates and my coaches are always telling me to shoot a strong shot. And they trust me to shoot. … I was just shooting it with confidence.”Krzyzewski praised both Williamson and Barrett after the game.“They hung in there because just the momentum of the tournament, what’s going on, you can be defeated right there. Instead, they hung in there,” Krzyzewski said. “The will to win of Zion and RJ, you can’t measure it. It’s just there.“Look, we’re a young group, but what they did, right at the end of the game, in willing us to win, was absolutely sensational.Williamson spent parts of the game matched up with UCF big man Tacko Fall. The 7-foot-6-inch center tallied 15 points, six rebounds and three blocks in the losing effort. March Madness 2019: Updated odds to win the NCAA Tournament after Round of 64 March Madness 2019: Three takeaways from Duke’s last-second win over UCF Zion Williamson was confident during the final minutes of Duke’s matchup with UCF.The Blue Devils trailed by three with 14 seconds left. But, Williamson converted a layup and fellow freshman RJ Barrett corralled his missed free throw and finished a put back, which gave his team a one-point advantage.center_img Duke eventually pulled out the 77-76 win when a pair of UCF attempts in the closing moments rolled off the rim.A finish for the ages. 😱#MarchMADNESS | @DukeMBB pic.twitter.com/nxpMH3G2Bz— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 24, 2019Williamson said he received encouragement from Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski during a break in the action late in the second half. Related News “He played great,” Williamson said about Fall. “Hats off to him. He played an amazing game. But, I think we just hit some big shots and we were able to get the win.”Williamson is averaging 22.2 points and 8.7 rebounds while shooting 69.6 percent from the field in 2018-19.last_img read more