Manchester United have put their derby day horror show behind them with back-to-back wins in the two games since. Jose Mourinho’s men are having a good season by all accounts, and they shouldn’t let themselves be disappointed – it’s just that City are playing so well.
An away game at West Bromwich Albion is never easy, and the Red Devils picked up all three points in the end. Alright, the manner in which they sat back as the game wore on was slightly concerning, but they won which is the most important thing.
It was pleasing to see Romelu Lukaku put in another dominant performance, particularly in the air as he bullied Kieran Gibbs to score United’s opener with a stunning header.
His overall play was much-improved, too. I was impressed with his ability to hold the ball up and bring United into play. On top of that, he also shown the energy and desire to stretch the opposing defence as the game wore on.
Many were left talking about his lack of a celebration following scoring, but in my opinion, that’s the perfect attitude to have. He’s not happy sitting in second place, and the Belgian is doing all he can to right those wrongs from the City loss.
Check out the best fan reaction to Romelu Lukaku’s goalscoring outing against WBA:
I quite like the recent Lukaku celebrations. The guy is pissed after last weekend. It should matter and clearly does.
— Hayley B (@Hayles_101) December 17, 2017
Lukaku is right. I like him more with this attitude. At United we don't celebrate 2nd place. That's for clubs like Arsenal
— SCHOLES (@iamscholes) December 17, 2017
More difficult for United at the end than it should have been but still a win. Lukaku back scoring and Lingard continuing an impressive recent run. Phil Jones good again, too.
— Rob Dawson (@RobDawsonESPN) December 17, 2017
Two headed goals from two beautiful crosses in two consecutive games. Makes you think if Lukaku actually had a consistently good crosser on the wing, he would be scoring tonnes more. #mufc
— Hesham Bilal-Hafiz (@hesham786) December 17, 2017
People talk about Lukaku not always using his strength, and that can be the case in general play, but if you get crosses in when he has a defender isolated he’ll dominate like that (and Wednesday).
— Richard Cann (@RichardCann76) December 17, 2017
Lukaku stepping up in the last 2 games when we needed somebody to. Offered hardly anything against Bournemouth, he buried his chance. Great header too. Same in the next game vs West Brom. Gwan Rom, well done.
— The Peoples Person (@PeoplesPerson_) December 17, 2017
Perfect Rashford cross, brilliant Lukaku header ??
— Scott Patterson (@R_o_M) December 17, 2017