Defensive rock Jonas Olsson hailed boss Steve Clarke’s attacking approach as the key to Albion’s historic win at Old Trafford.
The Sweden international, whose head bandage following a cut above his eye epitomised the Baggies’ performance, paid tribute to the Hawthorns head coach.
Olsson said: “The quality I like most about Steve Clarke is that he likes to attack.
“He sees us as a good team and we have respect for big teams like Manchester United, but we know on a good day we can pull off a result like this one.
“We’ve been building this team for some years. In the spine of the team we have a lot of Premier League experience.
“We keep the players we want to keep and we added a few really good signings this year too.
“We have a good deep squad and we showed that on Saturday.
“Our skipper, Chris Brunt, wasn’t playing and James Morrison didn’t make it either, so we put on a really good show without some key players.”
Olsson played most of the game with his head bandaged after an accidental collision left him with a head wound that left his original shirt covered in blood.
And he played a full part in the Baggies’ first victory at Old Trafford since 1978.
“It was a great game for us from the first minute,” he said. “I’m very proud.
“It’s a tough place to go – probably the toughest away game in the league. We played well.
“In the first half there was a little more focus on defending.
“In the second half we went for it a little bit and we’re not going to apologise for taking three points.
“We knew they would be eager to attack in the second half and that opened up some space for us.
“People are always going to be a little surprised if we win at Old Trafford but, if you believe in yourselves, anything is possible.
“We have some really good players and we showed last season that if we have a really good day we can beat the best teams in the league.
“To win at United, everything has to be 100 per cent and on Saturday it was.
“We knew it was going to be tough but we went into the game with the ambition to get a result.
“At 1-1 they were looking positive but we stuck at it. I felt we built some momentum and when we made it 2-1 we all felt we deserved the lead.”