Manchester United edged to a sluggish 1-0 victory over West Brom with Bruno Fernandes on target from the penalty spot for the third time this season in the Premier League.
Fernandes was able to keep his composure and fire beyond Sam Johnstone at the second time of asking, with his first effort superbly clawed out by the impressive West Brom keeper. A retake was ordered with Johnstone caught off his line for the save.
More VAR drama saw the visitors denied a spot-kick of their own before United took the lead. Fernandes, soon to be the hero at the other end, was deemed to have clipped Conor Gallagher inside the box. Referee David Coote was advised to check his pitchside monitor, and soon controversially overturned his decision.
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Bruno Fernandes scored his third penalty of the season to hand a sluggish Manchester United victory against West Brom
The Portuguese playmaker was able to keep his composure and convert the spot kick beyond the impressive Sam Johnstone
Fernandes saw his initial effort from 12 yards clawed out by Johnstone, only for a retake to be given with the keeper off his line
Manchester United: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Lindelof, Telles, Matic, Fred (McTominay 84), Mata (Cavani 63), Fernandes, Rashford (van de Beek 79), Martial
Subs not used: James, Henderson, Williams, Tuanzebe
Goals: Fernandes 56
Manager: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
West Brom: Johnstone, Furlong, Ajayi, Bartley, Ivanovic (Krovinovic 79), Townsend, Pereira, Sawyers, Gallagher, Diangana (Robson-Kanu 62), Grant (Robinson 62)
Subs not used: Phillips, Harper, Button, O’Shea
Manager: Slaven Bilic
West Brom were awarded a spot kick with Fernandes, soon the hero at the other end, judged to have felled Connor Gallagher
The decision was promptly overruled, however, with David Coote rescinding the spot kick after checking his VAR monitor
Slaven Bilic kicked a drinks can in anger with his dogged team finding themselves on the wrong end of decisive officiating
David de Gea prevented the visitors from edging into the lead after sharply using his left leg to deflect away Townsend’s shot
Anthony Martial had endured a frustrating evening at Old Trafford once again and his appeals for a penalty fell on deaf ears
West Brom posed a threat and went close in the first half when Karlan Grant’s powerful shot deflected just wide of the far post
Johnstone was forced into action on several occasions and swiped the ball away from Martial with the striker ready to pounce
Kyle Bartley bore the full brunt of Harry Maguire’s searing strike from close range but the centre back was able to continue
Edinson Cavani was thrown on as a substitute late on with United looking to score a second and kill off any lingering nerves
Fernandes tangled with Bartley in the first half as United tried to carve out the breakthrough against the stubborn visitors
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Mike Phelan watched on with the hosts looking to earn their long-awaited home win of the season
Bartey was in the thick of the action at the other end and went inches away from opening the scoring with a glancing header
Alex Telles was handed his first start at Old Trafford after his coronavirus lay-off and threatened with his left-sided overlaps
Bilic had been typically animated inside his technical area and vocally urged his team on in a bid to climb out the drop zone
Sportsmail’s KIERAN JACKSON provided live text coverage of the clash at Old Trafford below…