Despite a dominant performance and a whole host of chances- including a Robin Van Persie penalty save- the Reds are thwarted by Baggies keeper Boaz Myhill in the game of his life and the Reds go down to a third successive loss through to a Chris Brunt free-kick that deflects in off Jonas Olsson.
Next up was a trip to Crystal Palace, and, after Juan Mata puts United ahead from the spot, Jason Puncheon equalises before Maroaune Fellaini heads a crucial late winner to leave the Reds on the brink of a return to the Champions League.
That put the Reds seven points clear of Liverpool, who were then held to a 1-1 draw at champions Chelsea the next day, meaning United were all but ensured a top four finish.
There was still a slim chance of a top three finish ahead of Arsenal's trip to Old Trafford for United's final home match of the season, but after Ander Herrera's first half goal, a late own goal from the unfortunate Tyler Blackett earned the Gunners a point, who stayed two points ahead of the fourth placed Reds with a game in hand.
We'll update this section of our review once the season out- but for now, sit back, smile at the league table and toast our return to the top table of European football.
Finally, a shout out to Warren Joyce and the Under 21s who beat City 4-0 last night to move to the brink of their league title.... good to see the natural order of things restored!