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Summary

  1. United move level on points with 5th-placed Tottenham
  2. Ibrahimovic forces in the second after the break
  3. Zlatan heads in from excellent Lingard cross
  4. Swede now has 10 goals in his last nine games

Live Reporting

By Shamoon Hafez

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye

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    Manchester United stay in sixth place in the Premier League but are now level on 30 points with Tottenham.

    One defeat in 12, draws turning to wins, they are starting to look good now.

    Read Caroline Chapman's report

    We are back on Sunday for more Premier League action.

    Until then.

  2. VOTE RESULT

    The vote for performance of the day is now closed. Here is the result:

    Zlatan
  3. Post update

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    Manchester United

    Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard: "We dominated the game and got the early goal which killed them.

    "We needed a quick start and the manager told us to look for the balls in behind. I did that and Zlatan Ibrahimovic put it away.

    "He is a great character, very bubbly around the changing room and helps the young lads. His confidence is flowing now and the games are coming think and fast to add to his tally.

    "We are all finding our rhythm now, everyone is gelling together."  

  4. Get Involved

    West Brom 0-2 Man Utd

    Aseem Neupane: Solid performance that. Nullified almost every West Brom set piece.

    Robbie Swale: Feels like so long since United have won like this. Goals from great individual play, then total control. Fergie-like.

  5. 'It's been a long week...'

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    West Bromwich Albion

    West Brom manager Tony Pulis on BT Sport: "The first goal obviously was a real kick in the teeth for us. It was a poor one to concede and it took a while for us to get going again. We needed to make sure we stayed in the game but they scored the second at a good time for them and that took the steam out of us a bit.

    "It's been a long week. We've played three tough games and you can't criticise the players too much. They gave everything." 

    On the confrontation between Marcos Rojo and Salomon Rondon:

    "Are you just going to mention ours? What about Zlatan's challenge [on Craig Dawson]? That’s a worse one than the other one."

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    A tetchy Tony Pulis coming up...

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    Manchester United

    More from Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho speaking to BBC Sport: "I'm so pleased for him (Zlatan). He is the kind of player who doesn't need to prove anything to anyone but when he decided to come to England for the last period of his career - to the most difficult championship in the world - I think he proved he is a superman in his mentality. 

    "What he is doing at 35 is a dream for every striker of 25 in the Premier League. 

    "I need to give him a rest. Now we have a little rest for the first time. It is not just him but everybody.

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    Manchester United

    Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho speaking to BBC Sport: "So happy. Great performance, even better than the last one against Crystal Palace. Very solid from the first minute and everything under control. We coped well with difficult things that West Brom always bring to the game. 

    "We had our identity to keep the ball, press high. So I am really happy.

    "You are always worried and I've had matches here and against Tony's teams where they can score a goal in a set play and then can give you hell in the last minutes. It happened to me with Chelsea.

    "One thing is to know we are working well and another is to work well and get the results. 

    "We have to try to win as many points as possible. At some clubs you can play bad football if it is winning football. At other clubs you cannot do that and Manchester United is one of those clubs. You have to win and play well."

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    Lol, how's this for a burn?

    Manchester United responding to a tweet from 30 June...

  10. 'Zlatan is fantastic'

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    Manchester United

    Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, on BT Sport: “That was very good. We played really well at Crystal Palace and today, even better. 

    "We were always in control against a very difficult team. We could have scored the second goal earlier, but we still showed our maturity and consistency, and we defended well. I’m very happy."

    On Zlatan Ibrahimovic: "I keep saying that for me it is not his body, for me it is more up here [points to head]. It is a pleasure to see him play, his happiness. It's fantastic for a 35-year-old guy."

  11. VOTE - Performance of the day

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    If you look at the top of the page on mobile or on the right on desktop, you will see there is the possibility to vote for your performance of the day.

    You have until 20:00 GMT, after which I will reveal the result.

  12. 'I'm feeling good'

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    Manchester United

    Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic: "It went good. It was a difficult game which we were prepared for. We said it would be more difficult than Crystal Palace and the guys did a fantastic job. This game we won as a collective. 

    "I'm feeling good. At the end I was a little bit tired. When the team is doing good it is easier but the most important thing is the three points."

  13. Get Involved

    #bbcfootball

    Sam Holt: Typical Mourinho team performance. Solid as a rock...a bus shaped rock.

    Love of football: Jose has found the right balance to his team by the looks of it Carrick brings a better balance to the middle of the park

  14. 'Quality team with quality players'

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    Tony Brown

    Former West Brom striker on BBC WM 95.6

    There's been an inability to break Manchester United down. West Brom were unable to get wide and get crosses in. Nothing was produced by the Baggies in the final third. Don't take anything away from Manchester United - they are a quality team with quality players.

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    Ander Herrera, Wayne Rooney and Paul Pogba go over to the Manchester United supporters and pass them their shirts.

    A nice Christmas present there for someone.

    Paul Pogba
  16. FULL-TIME

    West Brom 0-2 Man Utd

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic's double gives Manchester United the three points at The Hawthorns.

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    Paul Pogba plays a ball into the box towards Marcus Rashford, but the Manchester United man gets his volley wrong.

    Into the final minute.

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    Tony Brown

    Former West Brom striker on BBC WM 95.6

    Smalling is a top notch defender for me. He's had a lot of injuries - that's his only problem.

  19. SUBSTITUTION

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    Defender Chris Smalling is returning to action for the first time since Manchester United's 4-0 thrashing at Chelsea.

    Off comes Ander Herrera for a breather. The Spaniard ran 10.9km in the match - more than any other player on the pitch.

    Chris Smalling and Ander Herrera