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West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Manchester United- Match Report

Manchester United wasted a huge chance to claim three points as they slumped to another disappointing performance and result.

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Dropped points are adding up for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side. Seven points have now been dropped against Sheffield United, Everton and now West Brom as United now look over their shoulders at their fellow top-four contenders.

Old scars were opened up again for United. Question marks before the game over the ability of the backline to nullify the presence of Mbaye Diagne were undeniably answered in the opening minute. Victor Lindelöf was out-muscled by Diagne who headed home from inside the six-yard box past David De Gea who reframed from commanding the cross.

United’s talisman, Bruno Fernandes, pulled them level with a great finish on the stroke of half-time. Luke Shaw’s cross pulled back to the penalty spot was hooked into the top corner by the back-tracking Portuguese, leaving Johnstone no chance.

A second-half dominated by United possession and half-chance openings saw a penalty given to United by referee Craig Pawson, for a foul on Harry Maguire by Semi Ajayi. VAR intervened and after review, Pawson overturned the decision amid a potential offside in the build-up as well.

The Red Devils were twice denied a go-ahead goal in a matter of seconds. Johnstone first saving Mason Greenwood’s effort before Darnell Furlong cleared Scott McTominay’s rebound off the line.

Diagne was denied superbly by De Gea with 10 minutes to go, the Senegalese caught out Maguire before De Gea’s double save kept the game level.

The last chance of the game produced the best stop of them all from Johnstone. The former United keeper tipped Maguire’s goal-bound header onto the post to deny the visitors all three points.

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April 2024