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Manchester United 1-0 West Bromwich Albion: Premier League – as it happened

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Key events Show 9.53pm GMT 21:53 Full time: Man Utd 1-0 West Brom 9.14pm GMT 21:14 GOAL! Man Utd 1-0 West Brom (Fernandes 56 pen) 9.13pm GMT 21:13 FERNANDES' PENALTY IS SAVED - BUT IT WILL BE RETAKEN! 8.47pm GMT 20:47 Half time: Man Utd 0-0 West Brom 7.05pm GMT 19:05 Team news 6.17pm GMT 18:17 Preamble Live feed Show

9.57pm GMT 21:57

That’s it for tonight - I’ll leave you with Jamie Jackson’s match report. Goodnight!

9.53pm GMT 21:53

Full time: Man Utd 1-0 West Brom

Peep peep! Manchester United move up to ninth after a laboured victory over West Brom. As usual, it was all about VAR. West Brom were awarded a penalty which was controversially overturned on review; a few minutes later, Bruno Fernandes scored a twice-taken penalty at the other end. It’s United’s first league win at Old Trafford this season, but it was an underwhelming performance.

Updated at 9.54pm GMT

9.50pm GMT 21:50

90+2 min Martial is denied a goal by a brilliant last-ditch tackle from one of the West Brom defenders. I’m not sure who it was but well done them.

9.49pm GMT 21:49

90+1 min Cavani is booked for leaving some on Gallagher.

9.48pm GMT 21:48

90 min Four minutes of added time.

9.46pm GMT 21:46

88 min The match is petering out. If West Brom do equalise, United will regret their laziness in possession in the last 10-15 minutes. They’ve been playing at walking pace half the time. This has been a very odd game.

Updated at 9.47pm GMT

9.43pm GMT 21:43

85 min United’s last home win in the league was a thrilling 5-2 defeat of Bournemouth. It feels a long time ago, and not only because it was a long time ago.

Updated at 9.43pm GMT

9.41pm GMT 21:41

83 min United make their final change. Scott McTominay, penalty king, comes on for Fred.

9.39pm GMT 21:39

80 min “The West Bromwich body language,” says Ian Copestake, “seems to reflect an absence of the will to live.”

Ian, what have I told you about projecting.

9.37pm GMT 21:37

79 min West Brom make their final change - Filip Krovinovic replaces Branislav Ivanovic. And Manchester United bring on Donny van de Beek for Marcus Rashford.

9.36pm GMT 21:36

78 min Some 1-0s feel safer than others. This is somewhere in the middle. A West Brom goal wouldn’t be a shock, but it would be against the run of play.

9.35pm GMT 21:35

77 min Fernandes and Telles try the old Beckham/Scholes corner. Fernandes angles the ball back to Telles, who blooters a volley over the bar.

9.34pm GMT 21:34

76 min Fernandes drives a beautiful pass over the defence towards Rashford, but his first touch is poor and the ball runs away from goal. Gallagher was booked for a foul on Fred just before that.

Updated at 9.43pm GMT

9.33pm GMT 21:33

75 min After a good move from United, Bruno Fernandes’s first-time shot from the edge of the area is blocked.

9.32pm GMT 21:32

74 min Conor Gallagher, on loan from Chelsea, has had a fine game in midfield for West Brom. He’s only 20 and could become a really good player.

Updated at 9.32pm GMT

9.30pm GMT 21:30

72 min Bartley blocks another Cavani shot, this time after a nice through pass from Fernandes.

9.29pm GMT 21:29

71 min Fernandes’s corner is flicked on by Cavani and comes to Maguire at the far post. He drags a shot into the ground that bounces up and is palmed away by Johnstone. That was a more comfortable save for him, though still a decent one.

9.28pm GMT 21:28

70 min Martial crosses low to Cavani, whose first-time shot is well blocked by Bartley.

9.25pm GMT 21:25

67 min: Johnstone makes another brilliant save! He’s having a blinder against his old club. Fernandes’s low ball across the area reached Rashford at the far post, six yards out. He dummied to shoot and then sidefooted the ball back across goal. It looked certain to go in, but Johnstone flew to his left to make an outstanding reaction save.

Updated at 9.26pm GMT

9.24pm GMT 21:24

66 min “I would love it,” says Ian Copestake, “if a ref stopped Fernandes doing his penalty hop citing ungentlemanly conduct and human rights violations.”

9.23pm GMT 21:23

65 min: Robinson hits the bar with a glorious effort! Oh my. Robson-Kanu lost three players on the halfway line with a Cruyff turn (hello Belgium) and found Gallagher on the left. He gave the ball to Robinson, who whipped an extravagant curling shot from the edge of the area that beat de Gea and clattered off the bar. I think those were Robinson’s first touches of the game.

9.21pm GMT 21:21

63 min “I don’t understand why that penalty against Fernandes was overturned,” says J.R. in Illinois. “Did they think there was no contact? Or did they think he got some of the ball first? As opposed to the call in the Villa game where Solly March clearly got the ball before making slight contact, the only thing I saw Fernandes make contact with was Gallagher’s shin. And though I can’t prove it, I’m not just saying that because I’m a West Brom fan. Totally bogus, man.”

He touched the ball first - only slightly, but there was a touch before he followed through into Gallagher. Whether that’s enough to overturn the decision... I haven’t a clue anymore.

9.20pm GMT 21:20

62 min And United bring on Edinson Cavani for Juan Mata. Martial moves to the left and Rashford to the right.

9.20pm GMT 21:20

62 min Both teams are going to make a substitution. West Brom first: Hal Robson-Kanu and Callum Robinson replace Grady Diangana and Karlan Grant.

9.17pm GMT 21:17

58 min That’s twice this season that Fernandes has missed a penalty and then scored the retake. The same thing happened at PSG in the Champions League.

9.16pm GMT 21:16

57 min West Brom will feel pretty aggrieved, and you can understand why. The decision against Furlong was correct under the new interpretation of the handball law, but that interpretation is horse pucky.

9.14pm GMT 21:14

GOAL! Man Utd 1-0 West Brom (Fernandes 56 pen)

Fernandes scores this time, sidefooting the ball high to his left. Johnstone went the right way but couldn’t reach it.

Updated at 9.59pm GMT

9.13pm GMT 21:13


54 min Fernandes did his usual skip but Johnstone went the right way, to his left, and pushed it away. It was a brilliant stop - but replays showed that he was off his line when the kick was taken.

Updated at 9.30pm GMT

9.12pm GMT 21:12

54 min: Penalty given.

9.11pm GMT 21:11

54 min Furlong’s hand was away from his body, though he wasn’t even looking at the ball. It’s being checked by VAR. I doubt this will be overturned.

9.11pm GMT 21:11

53 min: Penalty to United! This one is for handball against Furlong.

9.10pm GMT 21:10

52 min: Good save by de Gea! West Brom have been the better team since half-time. A right-wing cross found its way through to Townsend beyond the far post. He controlled the ball on the chest and hit a low drive that was brilliantly saved with his legs by de Gea.

9.07pm GMT 21:07

49 min Rashford’s wobbling long-range strike is palmed round acrobatically by Johnstone.

9.06pm GMT 21:06

No penalty! On BT Sport, Glenn Hoddle and Peter Walton both think the decision should not have been overturned - Hoddle thought it was a foul, Walton thought it wasn’t a clear and obvious error. I can see both sides!

Updated at 9.09pm GMT

9.05pm GMT 21:05

The referee David Coote is going across to look at the monitor. This is very similar to the one that was overturned in the Villa game this afternoon.

Updated at 9.05pm GMT

9.05pm GMT 21:05

Bruno Fernandes has been penalised for a tackle on Conor Gallagher. I thought he got the ball, and it’s being checked by VAR.

Updated at 9.15pm GMT

9.04pm GMT 21:04


9.03pm GMT 21:03

46 min Peep peep! West Brom begin the second half. If they’re not very careful, they could end up winning this game.

8.49pm GMT 20:49

“Evening Rob,” says Neil Carter. “No BT Sport so following the blog whilst watching Strictly (whilst keeping an eye on the Strictly blog). Saturdays are strange these days mate, much like a Manchester United home performance. My God it’s tedious. I literally don’t know what to say any more other than this doesn’t surprise me at all [pours another G&T].”

The one thing I don’t understand about games like these is the absence of van de Beek.

Updated at 8.53pm GMT

8.47pm GMT 20:47

Half-time reading

8.47pm GMT 20:47

Half time: Man Utd 0-0 West Brom

Peep peep! Another 45 minutes of frustration for Manchester United. Sam Johnstone made one outstanding save and one decent one, both from Anthony Martial, but that aside United struggled against a dogged West Brom defence. See you in 10 minutes for the second half.

8.46pm GMT 20:46

45 min One minute of added time.

8.43pm GMT 20:43

42 min: Chance for Bartley! Gallagher’s inswinging corner is headed onto the roof of the net by Bartley. It was a really clever effort - he was facing away from goal, under pressure from Maguire, so he improvised a backheader that almost sneaked in the net. United fans have seen that one before.

Updated at 9.47pm GMT

8.42pm GMT 20:42

41 min The confident Gallagher does well to find Diangana on the edge of the area. His shot hits Wan-Bissaka and deflects behind for a corner.

8.41pm GMT 20:41

40 min West Brom are really well organised defensively. They are limited, we know that, but their spirit is admirable. I don’t think they’re nailed on to be relegated.

8.40pm GMT 20:40

39 min “Looking through all the old Twin Peaks vids now,” says Bill Hargreaves. “That’s happening again. Seemingly wide open league this year. Please that’s being returned to, too.”

I think Liverpool will retain the title it at a canter, though I would love Jose Mourinho to win it and turn his acceptance speech into a breathless five-hour score-settler.

8.38pm GMT 20:38

38 min Telles threatens to get round the back for the first time in the match, but Ajayi recovers well and forces him away from goal.

8.37pm GMT 20:37

36 min Fernandes’s corner flashes across the face of goal and eventually reaches Maguire, whose stinging volley flattens Kyle Bartley. It hit him straight in the coupon. I think Maguire’s shot was going in, although there was probably a push from Maguire on Ivanovic just beforehand.

Updated at 9.53pm GMT

8.35pm GMT 20:35

34 min It’s now five hours since United scored a league goal at Old Trafford. In that time they also beat Leipzig 5-0 in the Champions League. I have no idea.

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