Albion star Morgan Amalfitano today spoke of “une sensation magnifique” after his Old Trafford wonder-goal inspired the Baggies to a hoodoo-ending victory over Manchester United.
And the Hawthorns loan star admitted he is eying a return to the France squad after his stunning start to Premier League life.
Amalfitano’s 54th-minute strike on Saturday set Albion on course for their first Old Trafford victory since 1978.
The 29-year-old ran for 40 yards before nutmegging former England centre-back Rio Ferdinand and chipping goalkeeper David De Gea to bag his second goal in his last three Premier League matches for his new club. He described his emotions after the goal as “une sensation magnifique” – a magnificent feeling. And he told the French media: “It is nice when you take initiative and it works.
“It will be one of my fondest memories – this is certain.”
Amalfitano joined on a season-long loan from Marseille and the Baggies have an option to sign him on a permanent deal next summer.
The Nice-born wideman, who won his sole France cap in a friendly against Germany, revealed he is settling in well at The Hawthorns.
“I’m playing on the right side,” he said. “We have a lot of freedom. This game suits me well.
“The France team? I never give up. It is in a corner of my mind.”
Head coach Clarke said it was a “sublime finish”, adding: “I said when we brought him across that he might surprise one or two people.”
Clarke today demanded the club get the praise for their 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.”