Manchester United 2-0 West Brom: Lingard, Mata step up

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  • Lingard scores first United goal
  • Mata scores PK late on
  • Berahino misses glorious chance
  • United one point off the top

Manchester United beat West Bromwich Albion 2-0 at Old Trafford on Saturday as academy product Jesse Lingard scored his first goal for the club and Juan Mata netted a late penalty kick.

Once again United looked sluggish in attack but they put 10-man West Brom away — Gareth McAuley was sent off late on for bringing down Anthony Martial — despite Saido Berahino missing a glorious chance late on.

That is now five clean sheets on the spin for United, who are one point off the top and sit in fourth place on 24 points. With the defeat West Brom sit 14th on 12 points.

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It was a tentative start at Old Trafford as Rooney lashed a shot over and moments later he teed up Juan Mata but the Spaniard curled his left-footed shot wide of Boaz Myhill‘s far post.

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Throughout the first half United looked the more likely to score but both teams cancelled each other out with former Red Devils defender Jonny Evans making a hugely important last-ditch tackle to deny Lingard. Before the break Martial forced a good save from Myhill but the Baggies held firm and it was 0-0 at the interval.

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Just seven minutes into the second half United went 1-0 up as a cross from Martial on the left was half cleared by Chris Brunt but the ball fell straight to Lingard who calmly slotted home his first-ever goal for United. Relief inside Old Trafford.

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After that goal United looked comfortable as West Brom pushed to try and get back into the match but barely caused any problems for David De Gea and his defense. Rickie Lambert and Berahino came on for the final 20 minutes to try and grab the Baggies a point.

In the 75th minute Craig Dawson whipped a superb cross which picked out Berahino but somehow he headed the ball over as he looked certain to head home a leveler. Late on van Gaal brought on 18-year-old Cameron Borthwick-Jackson for his United debut as he slotted in at left back in place of Marco Rojo, and he helped United’s defense claim a clean sheet despite another lackluster display in attack.

In stoppage time McAuley took down Martial in the box and was sent off, then Mata stepped up and put the spot kick straight down the middle to seal the 2-0 win.

Watford chasing Rennes, Senegal star Sarr

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Watford may capture one of the rising stars of the game.

Ismaila Sarr would cost the Hornets a club transfer record fee, and Sky Sports says that Watford and Rennes are about $10 million apart.

The Ligue 1 side reportedly wants $34 million for the Senegal national team right wing.

[ VIDEO: Nketiah leads Arsenal win ]

Sarr, 21, scored a goal and an assist in Senegal’s run to the Africa Cup of Nations final, playing opposite Sadio Mane of Liverpool.

He posted 13 goals with 14 assists last season between Ligue 1, the French Cup, and the Europa League. He was the lone Rennes player to score against Arsenal in the UEL Round of 16.

Watford has held onto Abdoulaye Doucoure and Dodi Lukebakio this offseason. Lukebakio is also a 21-year-old right wing, and had a sensational loan season with Fortuna Dusseldorf in 2019-20.

Nketiah leads Arsenal past Fiorentina (video)

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Eddie Nketiah scored twice as Arsenal beat Fiorentina 3-0 in Charlotte on Saturday.

Joe Willock also scored for the Gunners, which beat Colorado Rapids and Bayern Munich in their first two matches of the preseason and meet Real Madrid in Maryland on Tuesday.

[ MORE: Guardiola hails KDB ]

Fiorentina took 18 of the match’s 30 shots, though Arsenal had nearly 60 percent of the ball.

Nketiah, 20, scored against Burnley in last season’s Premier League finale and then late against Bayern Munich earlier this week.

He was deft in a high-pressure spot for this one.

Premier League friendlies: Watford beats Bayer, Man Utd over Inter

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Arsenal and Fiorentina are set to kickoff in Charlotte tonight, with the Gunners the last of a bevy of Premier League sides to engage in preseason friendlies this muggy Saturday.

[ MORE: Guardiola hails KDB ]

Girona 1-2 Bournemouth

Juanpe’s late header pushed La Liga’s hosts past Eddie Howe and his 10-man Cherries, playing down after VAR deemed Jack Simpson‘s foul worthy of a sending off. Ryan Fraser scored Bournemouth’s goal, assisted by Jordon Ibe.

Northampton Town 0-4 Sheffield United

Oliver Norwood converted two penalties in an easy win for Chris Wilder in his return to a club he played for and managed.

Fulham 2-1 Brighton and Hove Albion

Pascal Gross scored with an early free kick — a Megan Rapinoe special — but Tom Cairney scored twice after halftime for the Championship side.

Cheltenham Town 1-2 Leicester City

The Foxes collected a second win over a lower league side this week, with Jamie Vardy and Marc Albrighton on the board.

Newcastle United 1-0 West Ham United (Shanghai)

New manager Steve Bruce watched from the crowd as the Magpies made amends for a 4-0 loss to Wolves by blanking West Ham. Jamie Sterry‘s cross for Yoshinori Muto was delightful, and the Japanese striker’s finish was well-taken.

Port Vale 1-3 Burnley; Crewe Alexandra 0-1 Burnley

Chris Wood, Matej Vydra and Robbie Brady scored as the Clarets overcame an early Nick Pope goal to beat Port Vale, but the Premier League side couldn’t do much in a simultaneous friendly at Crewe.

Inter Milan 0-1 Manchester United (Singapore)

Substitute forward Mason Greenwood, just 17, scored the late goal in a match United controlled, outshooting Inter 21-8.

Preston North End 1-3 Southampton

Brace-bagging Danny Ings doesn’t usually have a problem with finish, so passing the ball directly to him is not something we’d recommend to goalkeepers. Jake Vokins also scored for Saints at Deepdale.

Watford 2-1 Bayer Leverkusen (Austria)

Will Hughes and Andre Gray scored as the Hornets collected a win over Champions League competition.

Man City (0-0, 2-3 pens) Wolves (Shanghai)

Rui Patricio was very good over 90 minutes, and stopped City’s first two penalty attempts as Wolves continue to perplex the PL champions.

WATCH: Marco Fabian smashes set piece goal

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Marco Fabian sent a missile toward goal, and perhaps it’s good the goalkeeper didn’t get to the hand-breaking shot.

Philadelphia took a 1-0 lead over Chicago on Saturday in Chester, Pennsylvania, thanks to the Mexican midfielder.

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It was a pretty set piece from Jim Curtin’s men, a backwards played free kick was laid off to Fabian for his audacious rip.

Fabian hasn’t had a wonderful 2019 season, but his fourth goal of the season will give Union supporters hope that he’ll pick up his form and make the already East-leading side all the more dangerous.