Chicharito was United’s savior for their first game in 2011, as the Red Devils seemed to heading for yet another away draw, but he came on to score the winner against a brave, and unlucky West Brom side to give the Red Devils an undeserved 2-1 away win given their yet again very poor performance. Rooney finally managed to score in open play since March 2010, but also picked an ankle injury yet again in the final minutes, which could see him out of action for a few days despite coming back to end the game, but struggling to even walk on the field since United had performed all 3 changes.
It took Rooney only 2 minutes to score, as he managed to head in Evra’s cross past Carson. But loyal to themselves, the Red Devils allowed the opposition to get back in the game, as Morrison sent a beautiful volley past Kuszczak on the 13th minute to level things and put pressure on the Red Devils. United were lucky when Neville tackled Dorrans in the box, but the ref did not whistle what was a legitimate penalty appeal. 1-1 at half time, United were struggling to play, and the second half was no better.
Brunt and Thomas created chances early on, and Fergie was forced to change his lineup seeing the team being battered and sent on Chicharito and Gibson to replace Obertan and Berbatov. But minutes later it was West Brom which had the opportunity to take the lead, as Ferdinand clipped Thomas, and this time penalty kick was awarded. Odemwinge stepped up to take it, and although he sent Kuszczak the wrong way, he also managed to slice his shot way past the upright into a goal kick. It was a big blow for the whole West Brom team and fans, and United at that point upped the tempo sensing they could do some damage. It arrived on the 75th minute, as Rooney’s corner kick was met by the curiously unmarked Chicharito, and his header gave the Red Devils the lead again. United again however gave themselves some scare as Thomas failed to connect properly with his shot, and Brunt fired over, while Rooney picked yet another ankle injury in trying to lead a quick counter-attack. He had to leave the field for some minutes, as the physio was asking for a sub to be made, but it appeared that all 3 subs were done as Fabio had come on for Neville earlier, and Rooney decided it was best to get back and help his mates hold on for the added time, but could have aggravated his injury in the process, as clearly he was struggling to even walk at times.
Fergie has recently said he’ll not be buying in January, but it appears this decision could be costly, as right now except for Obertan, no real wingers are available in the squad, and if United really want to play some good football, I believe at least one good winger is needed in the team, and here rumours about Ashley Young joining soon comes to mind, and also long term target Alexis Sanchez could be a good deal in this transfer window, as United really need wingers to lead the team forward.