Ashley Young celebrates after his cross is knocked in by West Brom defender Gareth McAuley

Man United   2

McAuley (OG 9), van Persie (90)

West Brom   0

Saturday 29 December 2012 Old Trafford | Attendance: 75,595

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19Welbeck
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29/12/2012 16:45, Report by Adam Marshall
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United 2 West Brom 0

On the half-hour mark, Young could only divert a header over the top when a Welbeck drive deflected to him at the far post before the hosts really turned up the heat. A peach of a pass down the line by Kagawa released Antonio Valencia and his cross eventually found its way through to Young. The former Aston Villa star's shot was goalbound until Foster made a superb one-handed save to tip it onto the bar.

From the resulting corner, Vidic poked the ball back to Carrick following a scramble but the midfielder's effort was blocked by Gabriel Tamas with Old Trafford anticipating a second strike. Another flag-kick saw Vidic head wide and Cleverley mishit a cross that drifted off target.

Albion mustered a moment of danger when Peter Odemwingie broke into the box between Smalling and Valencia but the forward dragged wide. However, most of the action was at the other end as Foster was lucky to see his clearance cannon past his right-hand post off Welbeck, who charged him down with his usual zest.

Steve Clarke's side managed to finish a one-sided half in the ascendancy by earning a couple of free-kicks around the area but captain Vidic kept things tight in defence after earlier proving his full return to fitness with a bone-crunching challenge on George Thorne.

After being given some encouragement, the visitors improved following the interval with Brunt firing a fierce drive straight at David De Gea and Carrick clearing from McAuley from a dangerous free-kick to the far post. Brunt and Graham Dorrans also had efforts as United struggled to rediscover the flowing football that was a feature of the first period.

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