Bruno Fernandes’ twice-taken second-half penalty was sufficient to offer Manchester United their first Premier League victory of the season at Outdated Trafford over a battling West Brom outfit.
Former United keeper Sam Johnstone made a string of very good stops to disclaim his outdated membership, included a splendid save from Fernandes’ preliminary kick.
Nonetheless, VAR intervened as Johnstone was clearly off his line and Fernandes made no mistake along with his second try. The trouble ended a wait of 324 minutes for a United purpose within the Premier League on house soil – and that was additionally a spot-kick from the Portuguese towards Tottenham.
It was harsh on the guests, who have been awarded a penalty themselves a minute after the restart when Fernandes caught Conor Gallagher. However after reviewing the incident on the pitchside monitor, referee David Coote determined the United man had simply touched the ball, a lot to Baggies boss Slaven Bilic’s frustration.
The outcome leaves West Brom, who have been with out captain Jake Livermore and defender Kieran Gibbs due to optimistic coronavirus checks, nonetheless ready for his or her first win of the season.
After successive victories, United are within the high half of the desk for the primary time this season. And, given the stress he was below earlier than the win at Everton on 7 November, there have to be some satisfaction for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in going above Pep Guardiola’s Manchester Metropolis within the desk.
It’s only the second time Solskjaer has executed that, and the earlier event – after the primary sport of final season – solely lasted per week.
Johnstone excellent on United return
Johnstone spent 9 years at United earlier than leaving them for West Brom in 2018.
He nonetheless has hyperlinks to the world, exchanging textual content messages with David de Gea because the Baggies made their profitable bid to seal promotion from the Championship final season. Johnstone additionally gave £700 to a Manchester man throughout lockdown when the van he used to feed homeless folks was burned out.
At a floor the place he had by no means beforehand made a first-team look, Johnstone was excellent.
He denied Anthony Martial with two glorious saves – the primary to his proper when the Frenchman flicked a header goalwards, the second to his left when Marcus Rashford and Fernandes mixed to set the Frenchman up.
It additionally regarded as if the West Brom keeper had the state of affairs coated when Harry Maguire belted a volley straight into the face of Kyle Bartley.
Arguably his point-blank response save to show away Rashford’s goal-bound effort after half-time was the most effective of the lot.
Given he had already denied Rashford as soon as within the second interval – and saved Fernandes’ preliminary penalty, albeit illegally – no blame for the newest Baggies defeat might be laid at his door and he left the sphere in deep dialog with De Gea, who should have appreciated his fellow goalkeeper’s efforts.
Battling Baggies have set the usual
Although they’d collected a single level from their earlier 4 away video games, West Brom did not journey north with out hope given they’d misplaced solely as soon as of their earlier 5 visits to Outdated Trafford.
And while Johnstone’s heroics was the primary purpose why the ultimate scoreline was shut, Bilic’s males did have probabilities.
De Gea made a splendid low save to disclaim Karlan Grant within the first half and substitute Callum Robinson hit the bar simply earlier than Fernandes broke the impasse.
Nonetheless, Bilic, other than irritation on the penalty selections, could replicate on the actual fact his facet wanted to indicate such battling qualities on their earlier away journey, at Fulham, after they have been terrible and deservedly effectively overwhelmed.
‘I am upset with the outcome and the referee’ – what the managers stated
Manchester United supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, chatting with BBC Match of the Day: “It is good after the worldwide break that you just get a win. We would have liked that win at house. We regarded unsettled in direction of the tip though we must always rating one or two extra to have a extra relaxed end.
“It is by no means comfy towards gamers of this high quality. That they had a few probabilities and David [de Gea] made two implausible saves. Tight margins determine video games however the temper is determined by the outcomes.
“It is as much as us to create momentum. We now have the possibility to proceed the great begin within the Champions League, and Southampton away is a really tough sport as effectively. Hopefully we get just a few extra again and may kick on.”
On the penalty incident: “It is the identical with David [de Gea] early on [in the season] when he made a save however he was an inch off the road. It is most likely the fantastic thing about Bruno’s [Fernandes] fashion the place the keeper goes a second too early. Sam [Johnstone] has developed right into a tremendous keeper.
“The handball rule you may focus on again and again however we get into the field and the ball into toes – so with VAR, a contact may be sufficient and it is totally different to once I was enjoying once you needed to be hacked down.”
West Brom supervisor Slaven Bilic, chatting with BBC Match of the Day: “We have been unfortunate. That they had just a few probabilities and we anticipated that. As a promoted staff, we’d like a great goalkeeper and Sam [Johnstone] was actually good for us however we had additionally greater than sufficient probabilities to go forward within the second half.
“On one hand, I am actually pleased with the staff. We’re enjoying actually good and now we have to search out the area for us to make confidence and perception. If we proceed to play like this – and higher – we can have an opportunity in each sport.”
On his facet seeing a penalty overturned: “I noticed it just a few instances and for me it is a penalty. There is no such thing as a purpose for Conor Gallagher to go down with out being fouled. He touched his shin. In these couple of minutes, then it is a penalty for handball [to Manchester United] when earlier than it is a penalty for a foul on Gallagher.
“They turned nervous as a result of they wished a purpose, however as a substitute of us being one up it’s arduous to come back again. We confirmed after that we did not cease believing or enjoying. I am very upset with the outcome and the selections from the referee.”
On Man Utd’s penalty: “If it is for us, I ask for a penalty, however [Darnell Furlong] was unfortunate. The brand new guidelines – no downside. However I’ve an issue with the foul earlier than. They checked the foul earlier than so I used to be fairly assured however then it was no foul.”
Man Utd finish anticipate house win – the stats
- Manchester United have overwhelmed West Brom within the Premier League at Outdated Trafford for the primary time since November 2015 (2-0), having did not win their previous two such video games with out scoring a purpose (D1 L1).
- United have gained their first house league sport of the season, ending a run of six consecutive video games with out victory (D3 L3) since July (5-2 towards Bournemouth).
- West Brom have did not win any of their opening 9 video games to a league season (D3 L6) for the primary time since 1985-86.
- Albion have misplaced 5 of their previous six Premier League away video games (D1), failing to attain in 4 of these defeats.
- Bruno Fernandes’ opener was United’s first house league purpose in 324 minutes of soccer, since his second-minute penalty within the 6-1 defeat by Spurs in October.
- Because the begin of final season, 16% of United’s Premier League objectives have been penalties (13/79), the best ratio of any staff to have performed in each seasons.
- Half of Bruno Fernandes’ Premier League objectives for United have been penalties (7/14), the best ratio of any participant to attain for the membership within the competitors.
Manchester United’s subsequent sport is towards Turkish facet Istanbul Basaksehir at Outdated Trafford within the Champions League on Tuesday (20:00 GMT). They then go to Southampton within the Premier League on Sunday, 29 November (14:00 GMT). West Brom entertain Sheffield United yesterday (20:00 GMT).
West Bromwich Albion
- 1de Gea
- 17FredSubstituted forMcTominayat 84′minutes
- 8MataSubstituted forCavaniat 63′minutesBooked at 90mins
- 18Bruno Fernandes
- 10RashfordSubstituted forvan de Beekat 79′minutes
- 34van de Beek
- 20IvanovicSubstituted forKrovinovicat 79′minutes
- 12Costa Pereira
- 18GallagherBooked at 76mins
- 11DianganaSubstituted forRobson-Kanuat 62′minutes
- 29GrantSubstituted forRobinsonat 62′minutes
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Match ends, Manchester United 1, West Bromwich Albion 0.
Second Half ends, Manchester United 1, West Bromwich Albion 0.
Try blocked. Anthony Martial (Manchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the field is blocked. Assisted by Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Nook, Manchester United. Conceded by Darnell Furlong.
Edinson Cavani (Manchester United) is proven the yellow card for a foul foul.
Foul by Edinson Cavani (Manchester United).
Conor Gallagher (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Anthony Martial (Manchester United) wins a free kick within the attacking half.
Foul by Semi Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion).
Scott McTominay (Manchester United) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion).
Nook, Manchester United. Conceded by Kyle Bartley.
Substitution, Manchester United. Scott McTominay replaces Fred.
Substitution, Manchester United. Donny van de Beek replaces Marcus Rashford.
Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Filip Krovinovic replaces Branislav Ivanovic.
Edinson Cavani (Manchester United) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Branislav Ivanovic (West Bromwich Albion).
Foul by Fred (Manchester United).
Callum Robinson (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Try missed. Alex Telles (Manchester United) left footed shot from the left facet of the field is excessive and large to the left. Assisted by Bruno Fernandes with a cross following a nook.