West Brom earned their first home league win against Manchester United for 32 years as Salomon Rondon’s low strike beat the 10-man visitors. United played for more than an hour without Juan Mata, who received two bookings inside three minutes. But Albion created little until Rondon found space to fire in substitute Sebastien Pocognoli’s dangerous first-time cross from the left wing.
United rarely looked like equalising as they lost ground on the top four. The Red Devils are sixth in the Premier League table, failing to move back above West Ham and remaining three points adrift of fourth-placed Manchester City. Victory moved Albion up to 11th, their tally of 39 points almost certainly securing top-flight survival for a sixth successive season.