EbeneInfo – AU – Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes hits the spot to sink the hapless West Brom

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Manchester United finally take a Premier League victory at Old Trafford and a second consecutive victory in the competition, although they are far from convinced Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side have enjoyed three rulings on two penalties and Slaven Bilic was understandably disappointed with the majority of the arbitration here from David Coote, the referee, and VAR

Each one happened in the second half and were centered on Bruno Fernandes and Conor Gallagher In the first, the former was judged by Coote for fouling the latter and the referee awarded a kick Still, VAR informed the official to consult with the field monitor and after that he overturned his decision, finding it clear and obvious that Fernandes had taken the ball before touching Gallagher.

Two minutes later, Coote handed out a second penalty when Juan Mata’s cross struck Darnell Furlong and, while Gallagher appeared to have clearly been fouled in the build-up, the referee’s decision took been maintained, despite VAR control Fernandes stepped up and after his scoring jump the exceptional Sam Johnstone saved, but VAR this time – correctly – ordered a recovery as the goalkeeper was a yard from his line before the Portuguese kicked the ball He scored on the second attempt, top right of Johnstone

Bilic said of the chalk penalty: “I was very disappointed with the decision I felt [it’s because we are] ‘little West Brom’ I watched it a few times and that’s a clear penalty I don’t understand why he overturned it All these crucial decisions went against us

« Their penalty: it’s handball It’s a bit unlucky but it’s handball Before that it was a clear foul on Conor Gallagher Instead of 1-0 for us it’s 1- 0 for them When you play against Manchester United away, it’s a huge difference « 

Solskjær had sympathies with Bilic but still thought all decisions were correct « In my head it could be a penalty, » United manager said of West Brom « Maybe we have a little lucky, but none of them [incidents like these] are reported. Maybe the rules are different from the way I interpret them

« I looked at a [similar] penalty [situation] this afternoon, Villa-Brighton, and there is contact on the ball and then on the man [Overall] these are three good decisions with the sanctions « 

It’s clearer that United weren’t convincing despite the much-needed home win Solskjær will be hoping his side are slowly shifting into high gear rather than continuing the stutter that has been their campaign history

« It was certainly not a step forward in terms of performance – this one was well below par, but we got our first [win at Old Trafford], » said the Norwegian « We know we can play better than that »

Solskjær will be delighted with Alex Telles’ league debut, who may well prove an upgrade over Luke Shaw at left-back, although Nemanja Matic was once again slow in central midfield and will surely do soon. place for Donny van de Beek – again a late replacement – a run in the XI

United dominated possession for long runs but in Anthony Martial, Mata and Marcus Rashford had a trio of attackers who couldn’t find a way past Johnstone His series of saves started with a clever reflex pushback from ‘a head start from Martial When Harry Maguire broke, Fernandes pulled Martial back up after Rashford received a pass from his captain along the left and crossed: Johnstone made another nice save of No.9 and Semi Ajayi was left to bless his luck because it was his wandering pass that had given him possession at Maguire

West Brom’s response to this encouraged Suddenly Conor Townsend was behind and threatened to beat David de Gea before passing the ball, then Karlan Grant’s shot deflected Victor Lindelöf for a corner which United battled to defend

After penalties early in the second half, Callum Robinson scared United by crushing a shot at De Gea’s bar, before Rashford and Maguire were denied by Johnstone Although West Brom in a hurry, United were hanging on It means they are in ninth place with 13 points and if their game in hand is won the picture will be even rosier

Ever-talismanic Fernandes said: « We have to win every game – you need the mentality to win every game It was a tough game and it doesn’t matter if we play well The most important is the three points You might see the top six clubs having tough games, but it’s a tough situation because some teams started [the season] late. »

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EbeneInfo – AU – Bruno Fernandes of Manchester United strikes on the spot to sink the hapless West Brom

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2020/nov/21/manchester-united-west-brom-premier-league-match-report

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