Five things learned from West Brom's draw with Manchester United: Berahino, Wisdom and Gardner feature

Andre Wisdom

The Baggies played out a superb 2-2 draw with United on Monday night. Here are five conclusions...

Baggies can mix it with the big boys

In their last two Premier League clashes, West Brom have lost once and drawn once, which, on the face of it, looks very average.

But when you consider the fact that Alan Irvine's side matched Liverpool at Anfield and narrowly lost out to the Reds, before, at times, outplaying Manchester United while drawing 2-2 with Louis van Gaal's men, you see a different picture.

What West Brom have proved to themselves over these last two games is that they can mix it with the big boys, meaning they should not go into any game with fear this season.

Berahino could last the term

Against United, Saido Berahino netted his sixth league goal of the season. That came as no surprise.

But whether someone so young (the striker is only 21) can keep such red-hot form up for the duration of an entire campaign is not guaranteed after a few good performances.

There are signs, however, that Berahino is becoming the real deal. Whether it's Burnley or Manchester United, he just wants to hit the back of the net.

A stroke of Wisdom

Another youngster to impress for the Baggies, registering an assist during an accomplished display, was Andre Wisdom.

The Liverpool loanee has improved as time has gone on at the Hawthorns and last night's performance was a real example of what he can do. Irvine will be asking for more of the same, please.

Gardner is a rock

And the list of impressive West Brom stars does not end there. Indeed, there were several. But, of them, Craig Gardner was particularly worth praise. The 27-year-old midfielder was simply a rock against Man United.

  TeamPosTackles WonInterceptions WonAppsMins
Craig Gardner West Brom MF 3 4 1 90
Craig Dawson West Brom DF 1 2 1 90
Graham Dorrans West Brom MF 1 2 1 90
Andre Wisdom West Brom DF 1 2 1 90

As Opta stats show, Craig Dawson, Graham Dorrans and young Wisdom all did relatively well defensively. But Gardner was a cut above all of his team-mates in terms of both tackles and interceptions won.

Tough patch over, time for some points

So where next after a very creditable draw against United?

Well, two tough fixtures are behind Irvine's men and the Baggies now host Crystal Palace and Newcastle United, either side of a visit to Leicester City. Taking into account the recent form of all four sides, there is no reason why West Brom can't aim for nine points out of nine.

There is also a Capital One Cup fourth-round tie against Bournemouth to come, from which victory could provide another real lift at the Hawthorns. 

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