Manchester United will go into the new year 7 points clear at the top of the table as they beat West Bromich Albion 2-0 at Old Trafford to end 2012 in a positive mood.
United rested Robin van Persie and with Wayne Rooney out injured gave Danny Welbeck the chance to start as well as the return of Japanese playmaker, Shinji Kagawa.
The Reds dominated the first half but only had one goal to show it for it. This gave WBA encouragement as they started to press for an equaliser. United’s leaky defence held strong, with the returning Nemanja Vidic, alongside Jonny Evans looking like his former self.
United capped the game, and the year in stunning fashion with a late second goal.
Here are my top 5 GIF moments from the game…
1. David de Gea pass
As we have seen before, David de Gea is pretty good with his feet. Here he kicks brilliant pass up to Antonio Valencia deep in the WBA half. Pin point.
2. Tom Cleverley & Shinji Kagawa play
With Cleverley in good form and after the excitement of Kagawa’s play before injury, fans were looking forward to seeing the 2 combine when the teams were announced. They did not disappoint in the first half, looking bright throughout.
Here they link well, including a lovely Kagawa backheel to eventually find a cross that just evades Danny Welbeck’s head.
3. Nemanja Vidic defending
After dominating but not increasing their lead, United found themselves under some late pressure in the first half as WBA had a free kick in a dangerous position. Chris Brunt whips in a nice ball and with 2 Albion players looking to get any sort of touch to deflect the ball pass DDG, the United captain was at his best as he gets himself in the mix to clear. A fully fit Vidic for 2013 will be key to United celebrating come May.
4. Ashley Young backheel
Young must have been watching Robin van Persie in training as he replicates some skill we gave seen several times this season from the Dutchman with a lovely little backheel pass on the turn to Michael Carrick.
5. Antonio Valencia & Danny Welbeck play
A brilliant outside of the boot pass on the volley from Antonio Valencia is returned by a nice Danny Welbeck flick. Valencia then runs at the WBA defence and lays the ball back to Welbeck whos brilliant effort is well saved by Foster.
The Man Utd GIF Goals
Patrice Evra skill pass
Brilliant Tom Cleverley pass almost finds Welbeck run
Kagawa pass, Valencia cross, Young effort
Patrice Evra defending a high ball brilliantly
Patrice Evra pass, Robin van Persie shot