Manchester United vs West Brom: Match Report

Controversial VAR decisions give Manchester United a 1-0 at home to winless West Brom

A return to Premier League fixtures following the international break saw two teams with problems and both desperately needing a win facing off at Old Trafford.

West Brom’s 5-3-2 formation, refined in the previous narrow defeat to Tottenham, was close to being a success, with another narrow undeserved defeat.

A drab first half saw Manchester United create a few good chances however Sam Johnstone (a graduate of the Manchester United academy) maintained his good form keeping everything out.

Matheus Pereira was full of life for West Brom, recording four nutmegs in the first half alone, and playing some great passes however the most impressive thing for West Brom remained the tactical shape.

The second half started very brightly for West Brom with Gallagher getting hacked down for an Albion penalty almost immediately after the restart. However, a VAR check somehow led to a conclusion that it was an incorrect decision and the penalty was rescinded.

Undeterred by this, Albion rallied and continued creating chances the following few minutes after this until the luck of Manchester United struck.

A handball was given against Furlong for a Manchester United penalty, ignoring a clear foul immediately before the cross that led to the penalty, and Manchester United had their chance.

An initial save from Sam Johnstone in goal was correctly overruled as he had been off of the line and Bruno Fernandes had a second chance to score and put the home side in the lead.

A double change from West Brom saw Callum Robinson come on and immediately strike the crossbar from a lovely attempt on the edge of the box but West Brom never really had that golden chance to equalise.

Manchester United perhaps could have scored a second with Rashford and Martial missing good opportunites but in the end it was of no matter to the final result.

For Manchester United, it was finally a home win in the league, for West Brom it was more VAR decisions going against them, with the tally standing at an astounding nine against, zero for, in 12 VAR assisted games.

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