West Brom 1-1 Man Utd: Bruno Fernandes stunner not enough to beat Albion

Report and free match highlights as Mbaye Diagne scores his first West Brom goal inside 83 seconds; Bruno Fernandes hauls Man Utd level after a sluggish first half; Man Utd have a penalty overturned by VAR in the second half but go back into second on goal difference

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Sunday 14 February 2021 16:06, UK

Bruno Fernandes scored a sensational volley for Manchester United to maintain their unbeaten away record, but they could not seal all three points against West Brom in a 1-1 draw.

Once again though, Man Utd had to come from behind when Mbaye Diagne nodded West Brom ahead after 83 seconds. However, having taken an impressive 21 points from losing positions coming into the game, there was hope for the visitors.

Despite a sluggish first half performance, it was another moment of magic from Fernandes (44) that hauled Man Utd level as he fired home a powerful volley.

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Man Utd were much improved after the break, although had a penalty overturned by VAR after they judged Semi Ajayi had not made enough contact to foul Harry Maguire. West Brom could also have snatched a late winner, but Diagne missed two glorious chances, while Maguire saw an effort tipped over the bar by Sam Johnstone with the last kick of the game.

Man Utd’s unbeaten away run in the Premier League now extends to 19 games and they go back into second on goal difference, seven points behind leaders Manchester City. The draw does little to boost West Brom’s hopes of survival either, remaining in 19th with 13 points.


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West Brom are back on Sky Sports next weekend when they visit Burnley on Saturday; kick-off 3pm. Manchester United return to Europa League last 32 action on Thursday when they face Real Sociedad at the Juventus Stadium in Italy; kick-off 5.55pm. They then host Newcastle next Sunday in the Premier League; kick-off 7pm.

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