Premier League: Manchester United missed an opportunity to close in on the gap at the top at lowly West Bromwich Albion despite a stunning volley from Bruno Fernandes on Sunday.
Premier League: Man United fall behind in title race after 1-1 draw at West Brom (Reuters Photo)
- Manchester United were held 1-1 at lowly West Bromwich Albion
- The result left United 7 points behind leaders City, who have a game in hand
- West Brom are at the 2nd last spot, 12 points from safety
Manchester United fell further behind in the Premier League title race as they were held to a 1-1 draw at lowly West Bromwich Albion on Sunday. Bruno Fernandes scored with a stunning volley with his weaker foot but it was not enough for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men who have won only 1 of their last 5 league games.
After Sunday’s result, Manchester United moved past Leicester City, who thrashed Liverpool 3-1 on Saturday, to the 2nd spot but they are 7 points behind leaders Manchester City who have a game in hand.
It was West Brom, who are fighting to avoid relegation, who took a surprise lead as early as the 2nd minute with on-loan Senegalese striker Mbaye Diagne beating Victor Lindelof to head home. Manchester United would have gone into the break trailing West Brom if not for the stunning volley from Bruno Fernandes from near the penalty spot.
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United considerably improved in the 2nd half, creating a flurry of chances and had a penalty appeal turned down as well but they were not able to find the back of the net. Sam Allardyce’s men threatened to pull off an upset when Diagne twice going close to doubling the score.
United were looking threatening in the title race but their performances in the recent past has taken the sting out of their challenge. Solskjaer’s men need to step up and do so quick if they are to keep with Manchester City and fend off pressure from Leicester City, who are also on 46 points from 24 matches.
Meanwhile, West Brom are still at the second bottom of the table, 12 points from safety, with manager Sam Allardyce so far failing to ignite their season despite his reputation for great escapes.