An out-of-sorts Manchester United might solely draw 1-1 at struggling West Bromwich Albion on Sunday, leaving them second within the Premier League however seven factors adrift of Manchester Metropolis.
West Brom, who want a outstanding turnaround to keep away from relegation, shocked their guests with a second-minute aim from on-loan Senegalese striker Mbaye Diagne who beat defender Victor Lindelof to go house.
United seemed torpid for the remainder of the half, however their inspirational Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes stepped up but once more within the 44th minute with a spectacular volley from close to the penalty spot.
Fernandes has now been instantly concerned in 38 objectives in his first 38 Premier League appearances, 22 objectives and 16 assists.In a extra thrilling second half in near-freezing temperatures at The Hawthorns, the Manchester membership twice noticed photographs cleared off the road and had a penalty enchantment turned down after captain Harry Maguire was manhandled within the field.
Exhibiting a ardour missing in some workforce mates, Maguire drove ahead at each alternative and practically received it on the loss of life with a 95th-minute header that goalkeeper Sam Johnstone tipped onto the submit.
“It was a terrific save by Sam to be honest,” mentioned a pissed off Maguire.”We created a variety of probabilities, sufficient to win the sport. We made it powerful for ourselves conceding the aim. It’s disappointing. On one other day we rating two or three objectives and it’s a distinct story.”
Regardless of surviving waves of assaults, the hosts might have snatched it with three breakaways. Diagne, who has joined from Turkish membership Galatasaray till the top of the season, twice went shut with solely David de Gea to beat within the United aim.
The end result left West Brom second backside of the desk, 12 factors from security, with supervisor Sam Allardyce to date failing to ignite their season regardless of his status for nice escapes.League leaders Manchester Metropolis beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-Zero on Saturday to achieve 53 factors and have a recreation in hand over Manchester United and third-placed Leicester, each on 46.