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Manchester United Face A Blow to Title Hopes After A Draw With West Bromwich

Published Sun Feb 14 2021 By Bran
Manchester United Face A Blow to Title Hopes After A Draw With West Bromwich

English Premier League giants Manchester United drew 1-1 against relegation battlers West Bromwich to cause a serious setback in their title aspirations.

Manchester United had a great opportunity missed to close the gap with noisy neighbors Manchester City at the top of the table as they drew 1-1 against West Bromwich Albion. 

In the early-Sunday Premier League kickoff, it was the home side who took the lead in the Hawthorns, courtesy of a header from Mbaye Diagne in the second minute of the match. In fact, the diving header couldn't be placed much better as it flew past goalkeeper David De Gea.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Manchester United side kept on knocking the doors to equalize, but the team looked far off compared to the momentum they had when they thrashed Southampton 9-0 last week. While approaching the midway mark of the game, it was Bruno Fernandes who came to the rescue for the Red Devils for yet another time this season to start even again from the second half. 

Bruno Fernandes caught on camera while taking a penalty.

Bruno Fernandes scored a sensational goal against West Brom to get Manchester United on level terms.
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The Red Devils looked dominant on the final third in terms of possession, but they never looked lethal enough in front of the goal. Their pivotal attackers, Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial, even didn't put a shot on target, which explains much about the frustrating match for the team who stands second in the English Premier League standings. 

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Just like most of the instances this season, even the early-kickoff at the Hawthorns wasn't free of VAR controversies. Manchester United had strong claims for winning a penalty in the second half when he tangled with Semi Ajayi during a free-kick. 

While there were valid off-side calls as well, the VAR officials decided that the United captain didn't have much contact to get his side a penalty and thus overturned his initial decision. Upon the exact incident, Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness expressed how Harry Maguire dived like 'he had been hit by a basketball bat.'

Manchester United celebrating a goal in English Premier League.

Manchester United are second in the Premier League table, seven points behind Manchester City.
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The Manchester United gaffer, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, was also furious at the VAR because how he saw it, it was a clear foul, which should have got his side a penalty. In addition to that, the manager added, 'We all want consistency and a fair game, and there's a human error we all expect from our game." 

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Despite the particular incident and a frustrating loss, the Manchester United boss didn't just concede the title to Manchester City, unlike Jurgen Klopp did last night when they lost their third game in a row. Regardless of that, the former player-turned-manager wasn't happy with how things went away as his team expected all three points, and they failed to achieve their goal. Upon the early goal conceded, OGS said how he would 'rather concede in first than 92nd minute.' 

Manchester United players celebrating a goal Bruno Fernandes scored.

Manchester United drew 1-1 against West Bromwich in the early kickoff on Sunday.
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As of right now, Manchester United stands seven points behind league leaders Manchester City, who have a game in hand. On the other side, Leicester City is level with them on points and is only third through goal difference. 

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