Bruno Fernandes scored a sensational volley for Manchester United to take care of their unbeaten away document, however they may not seal all three factors in opposition to West Brom in a 1-1 draw.
However as soon as once more, United fell behind early on when Mbaye Diagne nodded West Brom right into a shock lead after simply 83 seconds. However, having taken 21 factors from shedding positions this season, there was hope for United.
Regardless of a sluggish first-half efficiency, it was one other second of magic from Fernandes (44) that hauled the guests degree as he fired dwelling a strong volley.
United had been a lot improved after the break and had a penalty overturned by VAR after it judged Semi Ajayi had not made sufficient contact to foul Harry Maguire.
West Brom might even have snatched a late winner, however Diagne missed two superb probabilities, whereas Maguire noticed an effort tipped over the bar by Sam Johnstone with the final kick of the sport.
United’s unbeaten away run within the Premier League now stands at 19 video games and so they return into second on aim distinction, seven factors behind leaders Manchester Metropolis. The draw does little to spice up West Brom’s hopes of survival as they continue to be in nineteenth with 13 factors.
How West Brom held Man Utd
It took lower than two minutes for West Brom to attain. Diagne was a handful in opposition to Spurs and made himself much more of a nuisance in opposition to United. Connor Gallagher looped a cross into the world and Diagne wrapped himself across the again of Victor Lindelof to not the ball dwelling. The United defender was calling for a foul however in reality, Diagne was simply bodily stronger.
Each side despatched efforts huge simply after. An excellent Marcus Rashford cross was seen behind by Lee Peltier simply forward of Anthony Martial earlier than Diagne headed huge from a Matheus Pereira free-kick. David de Gea then made save to tip a strong Robert Snodgrass header over the crossbar.
West Brom: Johnstone (7), Peltier (7), Ajayi (7), Bartley (7), Townsend (7), Yokuslu (7), Snodgrass (7), Maitland-Niles (7), Gallagher (7), Pereira (6), Diagne (8).
Subs used: Furlong (7), Livermore (5), Phillips (n/a).
Man Utd: De Gea (7), Wan-Bissaka (6), Lindelof (6), Maguire (7), Shaw (7), McTominay (7), Fred (6), Fernandes (7), Rashford (7), Martial (6), Cavani (7).
Subs used: Greenwood (6), Van de Beek (6).
Man of the match: Mbaye Diagne.
Regardless of a sluggish first-half efficiency, United dominated the ball with 71.1 per cent possession and eventually made it depend simply earlier than half-time. It was a sensational end from Fernandes too as Luke Shaw floated a cross in from the left, with the midfielder firing dwelling a strong volley to haul the guests degree.
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United had been significantly better after half-time, and had been awarded a penalty simply after the hour mark. Maguire had gone down with Ajayi at his again and Craig Pawson tentatively pointed to the spot. However after a test of the pitchside monitor, the referee withdrew his choice with not sufficient contact made to offer the foul. Maguire additionally look to be offside within the build-up, though this didn’t seem to have been checked.
- West Brom made two adjustments. Romain Sawyers and Karlan Grant dropped to the bench, changed by Matheus Pereira and Okay Yokuslu, who made his full Premier League debut.
- Man Utd additionally made two adjustments from their final Premier League recreation. Paul Pogba missed out by harm whereas Mason Greenwood dropped to the bench. Fred and Anthony Martial got here again into the XI.
United might have added one other quickly after, however had been denied on the road. Maguire nodded down Shaw’s nook, discovering Mason Greenwood, however his try was stopped by Johnstone’s outstretched foot. Scott McTominay then tried to web the rebound however Darnell Furlong cleared off the road.
Diagne had missed two wonderful probabilities to attain one other late on. After utilizing his physicality to get previous Lindelof for the opener, he did the identical factor to Maguire on the high of the world, earlier than seeing his effort saved by De Gea. The goalkeeper then clawed away the striker’s try to nod dwelling the rebound. Quickly after, he blazed the ball huge after an outstanding cross from Furlong in what would have been a sensational winner.
Maguire nearly ensured all three factors went again to Manchester, however was thwarted by the fingertips of Johnstone. He nodded a strong header goalwards, however the West Brom goalkeeper tipped it onto the crossbar.
Man of the match – Mbaye Diagne
It was a very fantastic efficiency from the brand new West Brom striker. He had two objectives disallowed for offside in opposition to Spurs, however lastly discovered the breakthrough early on in opposition to Man Utd.
He confirmed some tremendous physicality all through, simply getting round Lindelof and Maguire on two separate events. Diagne might have scored a hat-trick for his afternoon’s efforts too, however missed two superb late probabilities. The trouble huge was a very agonising one, and the striker must web these if West Brom have a hope of beating relegation.
Graeme Souness on Sky Sports activities:
“That is such a nasty consequence for Manchester United. He is simply mentioned it is a troublesome place to come back, West Brom have gained one recreation at dwelling in opposition to the underside workforce, that is a troublesome place to go for those who’re second or third within the league?
“West Brom had the higher probabilities. That’s an exceptionally poor efficiency and consequence for Manchester United, once you assume they have an opportunity of placing the strain on Manchester Metropolis. Nah.”
West Brom supervisor Sam Allardyce mentioned: “It was a unbelievable level and a recreation we might simply have gained on the possibilities we created. I am actually happy with how we set our ways out, we had been good in the way in which we managed the component of Manchester United’s menace. They had been restricted to little or no probabilities, nevertheless it was a completely good aim [from Fernandes], so it’s a must to maintain your fingers up for that.
“Within the second half, we contained the opposition once more, restricted them after which began breaking away to create alternatives. Our massive man, Mbaye, scored an awesome aim right now however he might have had three. He might have been the winner for us right now.
“I am actually happy for the gamers with their utility, the way in which they nullified the opposition and the way in which they used possession as finest as they presumably might… General, the entire workforce has carried out to their finest degree persistently over 90 minutes and I can not ask any greater than that.
“It is one other level to attempt to get us on the transfer, going ahead with out shedding soccer matches. Can we put an undefeated run of video games collectively? The trouble we put in right now must be match after we go to Burnley subsequent week. It’s going to be a unique kind of recreation and ways, but when we get to the highest of our recreation and create alternatives, hopefully we’ll be there to complete them off.”
Man Utd supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer mentioned: “Nobody will give it [the Premier League title race] away this early. This season is so unpredictable, life is so unpredictable, something can occur and naturally we’re not going to accept second.
“It is a praise to the boys that we have gotten ourselves into the place we’re in. We are the workforce closest [to Man City] and we ought to be difficult the workforce in entrance of us.
“We’re not going to allow them to get away with it, however we have to win video games to be in that place.
“In the mean time, that document [19 games unbeaten away in the Premier League] doesn’t suggest something. We’re in determined want of three factors as a result of we need to transfer up the desk and you do not try this by getting one level away from dwelling. It is a disappointing final result right now.
“Then once more among the play was actually good, among the performances had been actually good so there are some optimistic. However general, we’re upset with one level solely.
“We constructed a great deal of strain, created strain, pegged them again however I did not really feel we created sufficient massive moments to attain the objectives. We did not have the aura.
“Saying that, we did get down the perimeters and flashed a couple of crosses down the road however perhaps the cross, or the place or the motion wasn’t there. We did not have massive moments that you simply felt ought to have been a aim disappointingly, despite the fact that the ball was within the final third on a regular basis aside from a couple of counter-attacks, which is all the time harmful when you’ve Premier League gamers in opposition to you.”
Manchester United defender Harry Maguire on Sky Sports activities:
“I used to be so sure it was a penalty. I do not perceive why he is been despatched to test it.
“I am goalside of the defender, I really feel a contact on my shoulder, he is pulling me again, after which I really feel a clip on my heels as nicely. It was minimal, nevertheless it’s a penalty, particularly after the referee factors to the spot you assume there is not any likelihood it is getting overturned.
“I used to be so assured it was going to be given, nevertheless it looks as if the selections in the meanwhile are going in opposition to us. We won’t be counting on VAR although, we huffed and puffed and have to enhance.
“We created sufficient to win the sport, the aim for me is a foul, however on the finish we huffed and puffed and it is an awesome save from Sam.
“We would dominated the sport, we will do extra nevertheless it’s disappointing. It was a troublesome begin to concede so early, I feel it is a foul for the aim, however we confirmed response and generally performed a bit too gradual, however had tempo within the second half and on one other day rating two or three objectives.”
- Manchester United have gained simply certainly one of their final 5 Premier League video games (D3 L1), their 9-0 hammering of Southampton at Previous Trafford.
- West Brom have gained solely certainly one of their 11 Premier League matches underneath Sam Allardyce (W1 D3 L7), transport 9 extra objectives than every other workforce since his first match in cost (29).
- Manchester United are unbeaten in all 12 away Premier League matches this season (W8 D4), solely the fourth time a workforce has prevented defeat of their first 12 away Premier League video games of a season: Arsenal in 2001/02 and 2003/04 and Liverpool in 2019/20, all of whom went on to win the title.
- Man Utd left-back Luke Shaw registered his fifth Premier League help of the season, probably the most he is ever managed in a single season. The truth is, Shaw solely had seven assists in 156 Premier League appearances earlier than this marketing campaign.
West Brom are again on Sky Sports activities subsequent weekend once they go to Burnley on Saturday; kick-off 3pm. Manchester United return to Europa League last-32 motion on Thursday once they face Actual Sociedad on the Juventus Stadium in Italy; kick-off 5.55pm. They then host Newcastle subsequent Sunday within the Premier League; kick-off 7pm.