Man United held by West Brom
Manchester United faced a trip to Premier League strugglers West Brom on Sunday afternoon.
The Red Devils headed into the tie in decent form, with their previous outing having ended in a 1-0 win over West Ham in the FA Cup in midweek.
And, on Sunday, a second consecutive win was widely predicted.
West Brom headed into the game having notched just two league wins all season, whilst also being in possession of the worst defensive record in the English top-flight.
But, when all was said and done at the Hawthorns, United were only able to come away with a solitary point.
Mbaye Diagne headed the home side into the lead after just two minutes, despite appearing to foul Victor Lindelof whilst doing so.
A moment of individual brilliance from Bruno Fernandes then drew the Red Devils level before the break:
It’s a superb finish from the midfielder, hooking Shaw’s cross past Johnstone on the stroke of half-time.
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) February 14, 2021
But United, whose overall display on Sunday proved pretty poor, were unable to find a crucial second.
Maguire insists Man United still in Premier League title race
Their latest draw means that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side now sit seven points off table-topping Manchester City, having played a game more than their rivals.
And, considering the form City are in at present, it doesn’t look as though anyone will be able to catch Pep Guardiola’s men, as they charge towards a 3rd title in four years.
Speaking post-West Brom, however, Harry Maguire put forward a different viewpoint.
When asked if United are still in the Premier League title race, the stopper stated:
Of course we are, we’ve got to look after ourselves, we’ve got to go again and win the next one and then the next one.
Obviously, Manchester City are on a great run at the moment, they’ve created a points gap. but we’ve got to look after ourselves we’ve got to fight, we’ve got to fight for every game.
It’s disappointing today, we come here, we was in a good mood, good confidence, good preparation. We’ve had five days to prepare so that feels long in this season, so it’s disappointing because like I said, I think we did enough to win the game.
We’ve got to take our chances, when you’re playing such a deep block chances don’t come, you’re never going to come here and create 10 ten chances, 10 clear-cut chances, when they come the big moments, we’ve got to take them and obviously going a goal behind we shot ourselves in the foot and it’s made it difficult for ourselves.
“I was so certain it was a penalty. It seems the decisions at the moment are going against us”
Harry Maguire happy with the big decisions at the Hawthornspic.twitter.com/fYOOCgwQW6
— Sky Sports (@SkySports) February 14, 2021
This article was edited by Conor Laird.