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West Bromwich Albion struck twice in the second half to inflict Manchester United's third defeat in four Barclays Premier League games and earn their first league win over the Red Devils since March 1984. Goals from Morgan Amalfitano and substitute Saido Berahino wrapped up the points and a second successive league win for the Baggies despite Wayne Rooney's reply.
With his side looking to get their BArclays Premier League title push back on track following last week's 4-1 defeat to Manchester City, David Moyes made seven changes to his team. Javier Hernandez was given another chance to impress after scoring the winner in the Capital One Cup victory over Liverpool in midweek, while Robin van Persie was again on the bench having missed the last two games with a groin injury. Steve Clarke, meanwhile, handed starts to Victor Anichebe and Claudio Yacob in place of Nicolas Anelka and James Morrison respectively.
Berahino had come on after 13 minutes for the injured Scott Sinclair and came close to opening the scoring when he headed an inswinging cross from the left just wide of David de Gea's post. Anderson almost put United ahead when he headed against the bar from close range before firing the rebound over, while at the other end Stephane Sessegnon shot over the top before half-time.
Amalfitano put West Brom ahead eight minutes into the second half with a superb solo effort. Picking up the ball midway inside his own half, he ran at the United defence and burst into the penalty area before deceiving De Gea with a cheeky dinked finish from 12 yards.
Rooney equalised with his third Barclays Premier League goal of the season when his inswinging free-kick from the left found its way into the net without a team-mate getting a touch. Van Persie immediately replaced Hernandez as United's second substitute following the introduction of youngster Adnan Januzaj who came on for Shinji Kagawa at half-time.
Berahino netted the winner in the 67th minute when he beat De Gea with a left-foot shot after a beautifully weighted lay-off by Amalfitano. United thought they had equalised late on but substitute Marouane Fellaini's effort was ruled out for offside from Nani's cross.
West Brom's victory, their first at Old Trafford in 34 years, leaves them 10th in the table, two places above United.
Manchester United manager David Moyes: "It was a poor result and a poor performance – we never really got going. We lacked an intensity and spark to our game, and in the end they deserved the win, I can’t argue with that. In the first half we had a lot of the ball and tried to move it – we probably controlled a lot of the game – but I thought for all our possession we didn’t create a lot of opportunities. And when we did, we didn’t take them.
"They had a couple of chances on the break and the more we went for it, the more chances they seemed to get. We had plenty of forward players out there but we're just not opening teams up. I'm concerned after today but there are a lot of games to go and we'll try to put it right."
West Bromwich Albion head coach Steve Clarke: "I said before the game we had a good team and we were coming here to be positive. I just hope the focus is on how good West Brom were not how poor Manchester United were. We were terrific.
"We didn't come to sit in and defend, we came to win. The reception my players got off the Manchester United fans says it all. We knew we had lost some firepower in the summer, and credit to the club for backing me in bringing those players in. We have some positive players on the pitch, played to our strengths and it worked."
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