Saido Berahino hails qualities of this West Brom star after Manchester United win

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The Albion striker says Claudio Yacob's performance was a key reason for the club's victory over the Red Devils on Sunday.

West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino has heaped praise on teammate Claudio Yacob, telling the club's official website that the midfielder's performance was a key factor in the victory over Manchester United.

Salomon Rondon scored the only goal of the game as the Baggies ended their 32-year wait for a home league win over the Red Devils by beating Louis van Gaal's side 1-0 at the Hawthorns on Sunday.

Argentine midfielder Yacob put in a sterling display in the centre of midfield alongside former United star Darren Fletcher, and Berahino hailed the 28-year-old's impact as vital in securing the result.

The striker told the club's website: "Claudio was fantastic against Manchester United. He completely controlled the midfield and his performance helped us win the game.

"With United being a man down for so long in the game, we needed our midfielders to get on the ball and start our attacks. I think that both Claudio and Fletch did that really well.

"His defensive work during the game was also really good, he was breaking up the play and moving the ball quickly so credit to him for doing that."

Yacob joined Albion in 2012 and has played in the majority of the club's matches since his arrival, adding steel to the Birmingham club's midfield.

He is enjoying possibly his best season to date at the Hawthorns in the current campaign under Tony Pulis, having made 30 appearances in all competitions.

Albion's win over United lifted them into 11th, 15 points clear of the Premier League bottom three, and established them as mid-table competitors rather than mere relegation strugglers.

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