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MANCHESTER UNITED missed the chance to close the gap on Premier League title rivals Manchester City with a frustrating 1-1 draw away at West Brom.

Bruno Fernandes equalised after Mbayne Diagne scored early in the first half for the Baggies.

  • RESULT: West Brom 1-1 Man Utd
  • West Brom XI: Johnstone, Peltier, Ajayi, Bartley, Townsend, Yokuslu, Gallagher, Maitland-Niles, Snodgrass, Diagne, Perira
  • Man Utd XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Fred, McTominay, Bruno Fernandes, Martial, Rashford, Cavani.

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  • Rebecca Chaplin

    POOR PERFORMANCE

    Graeme Souness didn't pull any punches in his post-match analysis.

    Speaking on Sky Sports, he said: "West Brom had the better chances. That is an exceptionally poor performance and result for Manchester United, just when you think they've got a chance of putting the pressure on Manchester City – nah."

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    NOT OVER YET

    When asked if United were still in the title race, Maguire said: "Of course we are.

    "We have to look after ourselves and go again; we have to win the next one and the next one.

    "Of course Manchester City are on a great run at the moment, they've created a points gap so we have to fight for every game.

    "It's disappointing today as we felt good, we were in a good mood and had five days to prepare which feels long this season.

    "It's disappointing because we did enough to win the game- we took our chances.

    "When you play a deep block and come here you're never going to get ten chances. But we made it difficult for ourselves today."

  • Rebecca Chaplin

    UNITED CAPTAIN SPEAKS

    Harry Maguire says: "We created a lot of chances – enough to win the game- but we made it tough for ourselves by conceding a goal. For me, that was a foul.

    "At the end, I felt we almost had it, but it's a great save by Sam to be fair.

    "We felt we deserved more, we dominated the game. It's disappointing.

    "We created chances and in the second half played with better tempo.

    "For sure, we need to improve."

     

  • Rebecca Chaplin

    ALL SQUARE

    An uneventful afternoon at the Hawthorns saw West Brom get a much needed point.

    The gap at the top increases, as United fail to test Johnstone.

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    FT: WEST BROM 1-1 MAN UTD 

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    WEST BROM 1-1 MAN UTD 

    94. There's very little happening in the final few minutes, before Johnstone rattles the post with a save.

    Maguire greets a Shaw cross and attempts to head it downwards, but Johnstone reacts quickly and tips the ball away.

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    WEST BROM 1-1 MAN UTD 

    92. Fernandes has a shot from at least 20 yards out.

    It's on target, but doesn't test Johnstone.

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    WEST BROM 1-1 MAN UTD 

    90. Five additional minutes at the Hawthorns.

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    WEST BROM 1-1 MAN UTD 

    88. Rashford is taking out by Diagne and he sees yellow for the tackle.

    VAR review it as Diagne seemed to slide his studs down Rashford's calf, but check is complete and it's left at a yellow.

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    WEST BROM 1-1 MAN UTD 

    87. CHANCE! Phillips gets straight into the action as he races down the right wing with the ball.

    He sends a deliciousball into the centre of the box and picks apart United's defence with it.

    Diagne then leans back a little too far and blazes it over the bar.

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    WEST BROM 1-1 MAN UTD 

    86. Sam Allardyce makes his final change as Phillips replaces Snodgrass.

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    WEST BROM 1-1 MAN UTD 

    85. Fernandes chooses not to shoot, instead he clips it to Maguire at the far post.

    The United captain fails to get in front of Townsend and nothing comes of it.

    You can't help but think a shot would have been a better shout there.

  • Rebecca Chaplin

    WEST BROM 1-1 MAN UTD 

    84. Snodgrass sees yellow for taking out Rashford on the edge of the area.

    He's raging at the decision as he knows how deadly Fernandes can be from here.

  • Rebecca Chaplin

    WEST BROM 1-1 MAN UTD 

    81. United haven't really tested West Brom's keeper this evening, despite dominating possession.

    They've failed to get the ball into the box and even when they have, it's been dealt with well by the Baggies' defence.

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    WEST BROM 1-1 MAN UTD 

    81. Van De Beek gets a run out as he replaces Fred.

    Can he help lift United to a win?

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    WEST BROM 1-1 MAN UTD 

    79. Maitland-Niles is booked for taking out Fernandes.

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    WEST BROM 1-1 MAN UTD 

    78. De Gea saves United's blushes with an impressive save as Diagne almost gets his second.

    Diagne and Maguire collide in the box and the United captain seemed to come off worse.

    Pawson doesn't blow his whistle and the West Brom forward finds himself one-on-one with De Gea.

    De Gea's outstretched body denies the first attempt, he recovers quickly and bats away the rebound before Diagne can get his head to it.

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    WEST BROM 1-1 MAN UTD 

    Here's the overturned penalty decision.

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    WEST BROM 1-1 MAN UTD 

    74. Van De Beek is ushered down from the stands.

    Will he get his time to shine?

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    WEST BROM 1-1 MAN UTD 

    74. Townsend is down after colliding with Wan-Bissaka.

    The West Brom man seemed to leave his leg outstretched to halt Wan-Bissaka, but they appear to have collided heads.

  • Rebecca Chaplin

    WEST BROM 1-1 MAN UTD 

    73. West Brom have done a lot of defending today, will tired legs and minds mean United get their second?

    Once more, United are working the ball well around the box, but can't seem to do much with their final pass.

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    WEST BROM 1-1 MAN UTD 

    70. Towsend breaks up United's charge and West Brom counter.

    The ball gets played wide to Maitland-Niles who tries to sweep the ball to Diagne in the centre of the box.

    It's overcooked but De Gea chases it out just to be sure.

  • Rebecca Chaplin

    WEST BROM 1-1 MAN UTD 

    68. United's corner is delivered into the box with plenty of loft by Shaw.

    Cavani nods the ball across the box to Greenwood who tries to slot the ball into the far corner but it's cleared.

    The ball falls to McTominay at the top of the box who tries to drill it home, but it's cleared on the line.

    The Baggies can breathe a sigh of relief.

  • Rebecca Chaplin

    WEST BROM 1-1 MAN UTD 

    67. Fernandes is barking instructions at his team-mates and conducting their moves from the top of the D.

    United have enjoyed a spell of possession around the box, but are once again struggling to find space.

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    WEST BROM 1-1 MAN UTD 

    66. West Brom also make their change.

    Yokuslu's debut comes to an end as he's replaced by Livermore.

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