West Bromwich Albion have made Egypt global and mooted Liverpool target Ahmed Hegazi's loan deal from Al-Ahly permanent for an undisclosed fee after being impressed by the defender's adaptation to the rigours of the Premier League.
United led through goals from former West Brom striker Romelu Lukaku, who did not celebrate his header, and Jesse Lingard before Gareth Barry replied for the hosts. Obviously I'm getting to know them but I didn't think we had the energy in the first half we need against United.
"The Valencia injury is what I call a December injury". Mata saw a lot of the ball and popped up everywhere, despite starting on the right wing, and Lingard was equally mobile in his No. 10 position.
Philippe Coutinho took possession 30 yards from goal and weaved his way past several Bournemouth defenders before planting a precise strike past Asmir Begovic.
Everton are here on Boxing Day and even through their form has improved under Sam Allardyce, it is a game West Brom should be looking to win.
He said: "I'm hungry for more goals and any way I can help the team - assists, goals - and to win the game is the most important thing".
The inability or unwillingness to push on almost cost United, as West Brom scored in the 77th minute to set up a nervy finish. In fairness, other than one moment when David de Gea flapped at a corner, only to gratefully see it bounce back into his arms, West Brom didn't have a clear-cut chance to equalise.
On a weekend where the league leaders once again dazzled with a display of scintillating attacking football, United made themselves suffer on route to victory. So as long as we keep winning games that's the most important thing and we will see where we are. They built a platform for a big win by going into half-time with a 2-0 lead. His header against West Brom was his third in four games after a run of one goal in 12. It was too comfortable for them.