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Manchester United 1-0 West Brom: Bruno Fernandes steps up again with a penalty

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Manchester United 1-0 West Brom: Bruno Fernandes steps up again from the penalty spot with Red Devils edging to first home league win of the season after more VAR drama denied visitors their own spot-kickManchester United edged to a first home league win of the season after defeating West Brom at Old TraffordBruno Fernandes netted the opener for the home side with a retaken penalty after a controversial decisionWest Brom were given a penalty soon after the restart but the decision was overruled following a VAR checkCallum Robinson, introduced as a second half substitute, cracked his curling effort against the woodwork

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. 

More to follow. 

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

MATCH FACTS

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 

Booked: Cavani 

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

Booked: Gallagher 

Manager: Slaven Bilic 

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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...

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