Manchester United 1-0 West Bromwich Albion: Bruno Fernandes penalty earns win

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Bruno Fernandes’ first penalty was saved, but was ordered to be re-taken because goalkeeper Sam Johnstone had encroached off his line

Bruno Fernandes’ twice-taken second-half penalty was enough to give Manchester United their first Premier League victory of the season at Old Trafford over a battling West Brom outfit.

Former United keeper Sam Johnstone included a splendid save from the initial kick amongst a string of superb stops to deny his old club.

However, VAR intervened as Johnstone was clearly off his line and Fernandes made no mistake with his second attempt. The effort ended a wait of 324 minutes for a United goal in the Premier League on home soil – and that was also a spot-kick from the Portuguese against Tottenham.

It was harsh on the visitors, who were awarded a penalty themselves a minute after the restart when Fernandes caught Conor Gallagher. But after reviewing the incident on the pitchside monitor, referee David Coote decided the United man had just touched the ball, much to Baggies boss Slaven Bilic’s frustration.

The result leaves West Brom, who were without captain Jake Livermore and defender Kieran Gibbs because of positive coronavirus tests, still waiting for their first win of the season.

After successive victories, United are in the top half of the table for the first time this season. And, given the pressure he was under before the win at Everton on 7 November, there must be some satisfaction for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in going above Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in the table.

It is only the second time Solskjaer has done that, and the previous occasion – after the first game of last season – only lasted a week.

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Manchester United

  1. Squad number7Player nameCavani
  2. Squad number34Player namevan de Beek
  3. Squad number39Player nameMcTominay

West Bromwich Albion

  1. Squad number1Player nameJohnstone

  2. Squad number2Player nameFurlong

  3. Squad number6Player nameAjayi

  4. Squad number20Player nameIvanovic

  5. Squad number5Player nameBartley

  6. Squad number14Player nameTownsend

  7. Squad number12Player nameMatheus Pereira

  8. Squad number19Player nameSawyers

  9. Squad number18Player nameGallagher

  10. Squad number11Player nameDiangana

  11. Squad number29Player nameGrant

  1. Squad number4Player nameRobson-Kanu

  2. Squad number7Player nameRobinson

  3. Squad number17Player nameKrovinovic

Line-ups

Man Utd

  • 1de Gea
  • 29Wan-Bissaka
  • 2Lindelöf
  • 5Maguire
  • 27Telles
  • 31Matic
  • 17FredSubstituted forMcTominayat 84′minutes
  • 8MataSubstituted forCavaniat 63′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 18Bruno Fernandes
  • 10RashfordSubstituted forvan de Beekat 79′minutes
  • 9Martial

Substitutes

  • 7Cavani
  • 21James
  • 26Henderson
  • 33Williams
  • 34van de Beek
  • 38Tuanzebe
  • 39McTominay

West Brom

  • 1Johnstone
  • 2Furlong
  • 6Ajayi
  • 20IvanovicSubstituted forKrovinovicat 79′minutes
  • 5Bartley
  • 14Townsend
  • 12Costa Pereira
  • 19Sawyers
  • 18GallagherBooked at 76mins
  • 11DianganaSubstituted forRobson-Kanuat 62′minutes
  • 29GrantSubstituted forRobinsonat 62′minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Robson-Kanu
  • 7Robinson
  • 10Phillips
  • 16Harper
  • 17Krovinovic
  • 25Button
  • 27O’Shea

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