Manchester United vs. West Brom | Match Reaction and Player Ratings

Updated: Nov 24, 2020

Bruno Fernandes celebrates with Fred after scoring the penalty

Manchester United was back to Old Trafford on the back of an impressive display at Goodison Park. The Red Devils were favorites against the Baggies even if we consider the tiresome International break. The only thing that would’ve concerned Solskjaer would be the Red Devil's abysmal home form so far. Thankfully, the team was able to get the first win of the season at home. Although, the performance wasn’t convincing at all.

I’d rather say United were lucky to get three points from this game. Imagine having to be lucky to get all the points available against a winless team, in the bottom three. It was a below-par performance from United, the team seemed to be still struggling for consistency. Bruno Fernandes acknowledged the fact that it wasn’t the performance that was required. Although in the end, it’s the points that matter, and getting points and climbing the table would be the higher priority. We move on now from this game.

First Half Analysis

Martial missed a golden opportunity

Manchester United started brightly and had a wonderful opportunity in the 17’. Captain Maguire intercepted a loose ball, driving forward and playing it out wide to Rashford. The Englishman’s cross reached Bruno, who teed up Martial. The Frenchman was unable to find the corner of the net as Johnstone got down to make an excellent save. That was the cue for the ex-Man Utd keeper to have the game of his life. Fortunately, we’ve got one of the best GK between our sticks as well. De Gea made a brilliant fingertip stop from Karlan Grant’s shot.

The Baggies kept on frustrating Man Utd and we needed a moment of brilliance to find the pockets between the defense. As always, it was the man from Sporting Lisbon who pulled off a sublime pass to Mata. But the Spaniard couldn’t make much of the opportunity. He tried to square the ball to Martial but the Frenchman was beaten to a 50/50 by Johnstone. Maguire then came close with a thunderous volley from a corner that was blocked by the face of Bartley - the West Brom captain.

Second Half Analysis