Jesse Lingard and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have both earned a place in Garth Crooks’ BBC Team of the Week following Manchester United’s 2-0 win over West Brom on Saturday.
Lingard, making his first Premier League start since the 1-1 draw with West Ham United, produced a energetic display at the Hawthorns, injecting pace all evening and providing a pin-point cross for Man United’s opener after just four minutes.
Zlatan treated United fans to a sensational match-winning brace against Tony Pulis’ men, extending his tally to 16 goals under Jose Mourinho’s men.
The pair subsequently earned a place in Crooks’ Team of the Week.
The headlines, not for the first time, focused solely on Zlatan following United’s win at West Brom. He was the match-winner, the one who brought the pain. When West Brom’s back four take to the field again, those memories of Zlatan dancing through a couple of challenges, rifling home *another* goal, before wheeling off – those huge arms outstretched – to celebrate will continue to linger in their minds.
That said, one shouldn’t understate the role Lingard played on Saturday. Zlatan brought the final product, but the Englishman never stopped stretching the back four with a series of unpredictable darting runs, providing space for the Swede to then inflict damage.