After failing to win at Old Trafford for almost 35 years after that 5-3 win in 1978, the Baggies have won on three of their last five games at the “Theatre of Dreams” including an unlikely 1-0 victory on their last visit in April 2018.
Jay Rodriguez scored the only goal of the game that day while, in May 2015, it was Jonas Olsson who nodded home the winner. That made it successive victories at Old Trafford for the first time since the late 50s. The previous season, Saido Berahino had announced himself to the footballing world with a second half winner after a Morgan Amalfitano had given Albion the lead with a wonderful goal (pictured).
For the 54 years before that, the footballing lesson that Regis, Cunningham, Brown et al had given Dave Sexton’s team in December 1978 was the only W for the Baggies in the results column from their trips to Salford.
That run of one win and nine draws from 33 games at Old Trafford followed a run of three successive victories in the late fifties starting with a 4-0 win in March 1958 when a Ronnie Allen double, another from Derek Kevan and an own goal gave Albion the win over a United side reeling from the Munich air disaster.
That isn’t Albion’s record win at Old Trafford, however – that came in an FA Cup replay in January 1939 when a brace from Harry Jones plus goals from Ginger Richardson, Doug Witcomb and Ike Clarke saw the Baggies through to round four with a 5-1 win after a 0-0 draw at the Hawthorns.
United’s record win over Albion is 7-0 achieved in April 1970 thanks to goals from John Fitzpatrick (2), Bobby Charlton (2), Alan Gowling (2) and George Best.
All competitions; most recent game on the right
15 Apr 2018 – Premier League
Manchester United 0
West Brom 1 (Rodriguez)
Albion’s Record against Manchester United
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