Mourinho's men rated as Manchester United extend unbeaten run: 9/10 star downs West Bromwich Albion

Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates scoring their first goal with Jesse Lingard

Zlatan Ibrahimovic stole the show as a fine Premier League victory at West Bromwich Albion means Manchester United are now ten games unbeaten.

GK: David De Gea (6.5/10) - As was Manchester United's dominance, De Gea had very little to handle throughout the 90 minutes. Despite numerous crosses, West Bromwich Albion only mustered one shot on target during the match. The Spain international stopper will not have experienced too many less troubled away days than this.

Manchester United's David De Gea

RB: Antoinio Valencia (7/10) - Coped admirably with the threat of Matty Phillips on West Brom's left flank and provided effective support for Jesse Lingard on United's right. Valencia's contribution to the game's opening goal was a significant one, as the 31-year-old supplied Lingard with a vital pass in the build up to Zlatan Ibrahimovic's first.

West Bromwich Albion's Matt Phillips in action with Manchester United's Antonio Valencia

CB: Phil Jones (7.5/10) - Relished the physicality presented by a duel with West Brom's Salomon Rondon. Jones was his usual tenacious self and, alongside Marcos Rojo, kept the in-form Rondon at bay throughout their numerous clashes. 

West Bromwich Albion's Salomon Rondon in action with Manchester United's Phil Jones

CB: Marcos Rojo (7.5/10) - The Argentina international is finding himself an important part of Jose Mourinho's back four - albeit possibly due to Chris Smalling and Eric Bailly's recent injuries.

After a couple of reckless incidents of late, Rojo appeared far more composed and unified with Jones - aside from one potentially punishable lack of communication with his central defensive partner in the first half. 

West Bromwich Albion's Salomon Rondon clashes with Manchester United's Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones

LB: Matteo Darmian (6.5/10) - The Italian defender was a more than capable left back against West Brom, but Darmian's tendency to ponder on the ball and cut back to his preferred right side is always a preventative for Mourinho's fast counter style.

Tactically, Baggies boss Tony Pullis appeared to target United's left back as a possible weak point - as there were many cross field balls directed towards the man making his 50th appearance for the Red Devils.

Manchester United's Marcos Rojo and Michael Carrick

CM: Michael Carrick (7/10) - The pass-master of this United side, Carrick helped to dictate the tempo of the play and hardly surrendered possession at all. With the energy and legs of Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera either side of him, the 35-year-old was able to impact on the game much more effectively.

Carrick's display was aided by the fact that West Brom's midfield were poor and rarely pressed the 34-capped Englishman.

Manchester United's Ander Herrera in action

CM: Ander Herrera (7/10) - Possibly United's most improved player so far this season - although supporters of Jones may disagree - Herrera was yet again a relentless source of enthusiasm and neatness on the ball. Perhaps guilty of not providing enough forward passes against West Brom, but the recently-capped Spain international was an effective part of a midfield trio next to Carrick and Pogba.

West Bromwich Albion's Darren Fletcher in action with Manchester United's Paul Pogba

CM: Paul Pogba (7.5/10) - Not given an inch of space by West Brom's more physical players, world-record signing Pogba showed his willingness to tough it out as well as demonstrate his trademark technical abilities. Pogba put forth an energetic display and consistently looked to get on the ball and impact on the game.

The 23-year-old is starting to form much more productive relationships with Herrera and Wayne Rooney, as Mourinho seems to finally have found the most effective balance in the midfield zones.

Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates scoring their first goal with Jesse Lingard

AM: Jesse Lingard (8/10) - Afforded a starting spot due to the injury absence of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 24-year-old Lingard did not disappoint, as the United academy graduate provided a fine fourth minute assist for Ibrahimovic to score the first of his brace. Lingard picked up a silly yellow card for dissent in the second half, but aside from that made a good impression before being replaced by Marcus Rashford on 76 minutes.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho talks to Wayne Rooney

AM: Wayne Rooney (8/10) - In the first half, England's record goal scorer came close to finding the net against West Brom - but Rooney's blank at the Hawthorns means that the 31-year-old remains one goal shy of equalling Sir Bobby Charlton's Manchester United scoring record. Rooney linked up well with teammates Pogba, Herrera and Ibrahimovic, and showed glimpses of his magnificent control of the ball.

Rooney will certainly now be hoping to score his 249th United goal at Old Trafford, against Sunderland, on Boxing Day.

Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates scoring their second goal

FW: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (9/10) - United's standout performer against West Brom showed an outstanding appetite for the encounter. Not only did Ibrahimovic score both of United's goals, but the way in which the 35-year-old led the line against the physicality of Tony Pullis's side was tremendous. Ibrahimovic close to bullied the West Brom defence, while simultaneously performing his usual shows of technical capability. 

Ibrahimovic now has ten goals in his last nine matches and is fast becoming the main man in Mourinho's United evolution, which, after this 2-0 victory, sees United level on points with Tottenham Hotspur in fifth position and just three points from their blue Manchester counterparts.

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