Although it is lackluster, there are triumphs that taste just as good. The one from United to West Brom was one of those. Especially because another slip would have raised too many doubts in a team that is often difficult to decipher. A penalty of Bruno fernandes released the team, which passed a level test. It was difficult for him to carry out an uncomfortable, not very showy encounter, three points that allow him to climb and look at Europe. But for that you need regularity (1-0).
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Solskjaer again had Bush, player recovered for the cause. The Norwegian needed a specialist in static attack to play patiently against West Brom. A team that cannot show off too much, limited after its promotion. It has hardly been strengthened and at Old Trafford he closed in with the idea that any point was welcome. Boring United was the first step in a night in which the Manchester side lacked an inspiration point. And fluidity.
He hardly had to intervene once Johnstone to a point-blank shot of Martial, little baggage during the first half in front of a team that did not look much to From Gea. A cross shot to which he responded in a good way, wanting to vindicate himself after being a substitute with Spain. Hard hit to a most respected goalkeeper in England. United ended up exasperated, as willful as he was frustrated at not generating anything, more tense as the minutes passed.
In the resumption there was everything. A commendable stop from From Gea, a penalty of Bruno fernandes that the referee dismissed after reviewing it in the VAR and another whistle in the WBA area for a hand. The Portuguese failed the execution but the goalkeeper went ahead and had to be repeated. He did not want to hand over responsibility to someone else. He did not wrinkle but dared with the second attempt, which gave air and tranquility to a United that could not afford another silly stumble at Old Trafford
If the WBA survived it was thanks to its goalkeeper, brilliant in Manchester. It grew in the second half and the team Bilic he lacked some luck, stopped by a shot to the crossbar. I enter Cavani by Bush in search of the sentence, although Solskjaer the daring did not last long and compensated the team with the entry of Van de beek. He held 1-0, the best news to add a victory that allows him to grow. At least in the trust section. In the table, Europe is still far away.
Manchester United, 1
De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelöf, Maguire, Alex Telles; Matic, Fred (McTominay, 83 ‘); Mata (Cavani, 62 ‘), Bruno Fernandes, Rashford (Van de Beek, 79’); Martial
Coach: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Johnstone; Furlong, Ajayi, Bartley, Ivanovic (Krovinovic, 79 ‘), Townsend; Pereira, Sawyers, Gallagher, Dianganga (Robson-Canu, 62 ‘); Ahearne-Grant (Robinson, 62 ‘)
Coach: Slaven Bilic
Goals: 1-0, Bruno Fernandes (55 ‘)
Referee: David Coote. He admonished Cavani (91 ‘)