Boss Steve Clarke today demanded credit for Albion’s historic Old Trafford victory – and claimed the Baggies are changing their big-match mindset.
The Hawthorns head coach urged pundits to praise his team instead of launching United post-mortems in the wake of Albion’s 2-1 win on Saturday.
And Clarke claimed the Baggies now believe they can upset the Premier League’s big boys on a regular basis after ending the club’s 35-year wait for an Old Trafford win.
“I want to make sure that we get the credit we deserve,” said Clarke.
“Sometimes when you go to the home of a big team and manage to get a good result against them, everybody talks about how bad they were.
“But on Saturday we were excellent and everybody should concentrate on us.
“We defended well, as we have all season, we were strong and solid. Everybody did their work and the midfield were solid, had a good shape and passed the ball well. And our creative players created and that’s why you have them in the team.
“The two goals were excellent and we had a number of other good opportunities to score as well.”
The Baggies have now claimed two wins over Liverpool, one against Chelsea and one against United under Clarke, having beaten Liverpool twice and Chelsea once under Roy Hodgson and won at Arsenal under Roberto Di Matteo.
Clarke said: “I said we were going to be positive. I said we were going to get something.
“We need to change the mindset of the club. We had a strong, solid defensive unit and I thought if we could add the flair and creativity then maybe we could have a few more afternoons like Saturday’s game for the Albion fans to enjoy.
“If you asked my team or defenders if it was an easy afternoon, they would say no. What we did was defend well. We kept a good line and made it difficult for Manchester United.
“But rather than talk about or criticise United, I’d rather talk about how good we were. For me, that’s what’s important.”
“We had good chances. For us, to go to Old Trafford and play well is part of the process of building the club.”