Monday, 27 October 2014

West Bromwich Albion 2-2 Manchester United match report Monday 20th October 2014

Daley Blind’s debut goal ensured Manchester United snatched a point from a West Brom side who were minutes away from taking all three.

With the clock ticking down to 86 minutes, the Dutchman slotted home a curling left foot shot from 20 yards to thwart the battling Baggies who had twice led through goals from Stephane Sessegnon and Saido Berahino.

Despite a 70-30 split between the two sides, The Red Devils just couldn’t find an opening past the organised and disciplined West Brom defence led by Joleon Lescott and Craig Dawson. It was the home team that started the brightest and took the lead on eight minutes when Liverpool loanee Andre Wisdom burst down the right hand side and cut a pinpoint cross back to the edge of the area. 

Sessegnon met the ball perfectly and sumptuously curled his powerful shot into the near post past ‘keeper David De Gea to stun the travelling United fans and send the Baggies faithful rapturously Boing Boinging. The remainder of the first half was  dominated by the team in Red with  record signing Angel Di Maria  a constant threat down the left hand side but United’s efforts failed to trouble stand-in 'keeper Boaz Myhill.

At half time manager Louis Van Gaal sent on Marouane Fellaini to try and make a difference and it took just three minutes for the Belgian to make an impact. A disputed corner from the left by Di Maria was controlled on the chest of Fellaini on the right hand side of the penalty area. The former Everton man appeared to edge out defender Joleon Lescott before thumping home the ball into the top corner of the net but the offence wasn't spotted by the officials.

The equalising goal lifted the visitors who went all out for the win but were caught napping on 66 minutes when full-back Rafael was caught too far up the field.  Baggies captain Chris Brunt played a defence-splitting pass to the left hand side which sent Saido Berahino clear and the England striker finished impeccably to the left of De Gea to ensure the final 20 minutes was a tasty affair.

Wave after wave of United attacks failed to pierce the white and blue West Brom wall with Robin Van Persie coming closest when his thumping right foot volley hit the woodwork.  However, with four minutes left, up stepped Blind. A long ball from the left hand side of the half way line by defender Marcus Rojo was flicked down by substitute Radamel Falcao and into the path of the Dutchman who fired home to make the honours even.

After the match, Baggies manager Alan Irvine said that he was “disappointed” not to have earned all three points after witnessing his side put on their best display of the season so far.

United boss Louis Van Gaal said he too was very disappointed with the result claiming his team were the better on the night.

"We gave the two goals away and created 11 chances and only scored two goals. I am happy about the way we played but not happy about the result. It was a great game but we deserved to win."

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