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James McClean slams former boss following United win

Extra.ie logo Extra.ie 3 days ago Cormac Cahill
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West Brom picked up an unlikely win over Manchester United on Sunday but they are still heavy favourites to go down, remaining routed to the bottom 8 points from safety.

The Baggies let Alan Pardew go after a desperate run of form despite only handing him the job this season.

James McClean and his team mates never got going under Pardew and it would seem the Irish international didn’t have too many problems seeing him move on from the club.

a group of men playing a game of football: James McClean Alan Pardew © Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland James McClean Alan Pardew

After the game, where Jay Rodriguez hit the only goal late on, McClean seemed to have pop at his old boss while also praising interim manager Darren Moore.

‘He’s got that likeable factor, so everyone’s pulling in the same direction for him,’ McClean told the BBC.

‘In the past two games we’ve put on two good performances for him. It obviously helps when you go out on the pitch knowing what you’re doing – as individuals and as a team.

a man with a football ball © Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland

Since the big man’s come in, we’ve worked in training on what we’re doing defensively and what we’re doing attackingly. In the past two games, we’ve shown we actually know what we’re doing when we go out on the pitch, which obviously always helps.’

The former Derry City man played his role in the victory and might be hoping to catch the eye of some of his rival clubs before the end of the season, to avoid playing in the Championship next term.

West Brom face Liverpool, Newcastle, Spurs and Palace and will need to win at least three of those games while hoping results go their way in others to have any chance of survival.

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