It’s the buzz of the Premier League. West Bromwich Albion earned their first home league victory against Manchester United for 32 years as the team claimed a 1-0 victory at the Hawthorns.
Manchester United, which were down to ten men for 64 minutes of the game following Juan Mata’s red card call for two bookable offenses, witnessed West Brom striker Salomon Rondon slip home a second-half devastating strike.
The win moved Albion up to 11th, their tally of 39 points almost certainly securing their Premier League safety for another season. The loss sees the Red Devils remain three points behind fourth-placed Manchester City, who have a game more.
ManU looked assured in the opening 25 minutes of the game as they dominated ball possession against Albion. The crowd were almost wild and cheering after 23 minutes when Gareth McAuley’s header from Craig Gardner’s free kick flashed across the face of the goal.
But the entire complexion of the game has changed quickly when midfielder Juan Mata was sent off after picking up two yellow cards within three minutes. The Spaniard was shown his first yellow card after pettily blocking Darren Fletcher’s quick free kick, then the second was tripping former Manchester United team mate Darren Fletcher.
Within seconds of Mata’s call, Albion quickly capitalized on their one-man game advantage and started to take the lead when Craig Dawson’s devastating 25-yard volley looped over goalkeeper David De Gea but landed just past the wrong side of the goal post.
Despite of their one-man advantage, Albion onslaught failed to materialise in a dour end to the first half, while ManU almost opened the scoring through Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard. But ManU, which feel the crippling effects of being a man down, could not maintain the good game and fell behind in the 66th minute of the game.
The end came for Manchester United when Albion striker Salomon Rondon run an excellent touch and finish a great shot from substitute Sebastian Procognoli’s cross with 67 minutes of the game.
Substitute Memphis Depay tried to light up the game for Manchester but even his fresh shoes could get past the Albion’s well-defense game, and Albion held out to victory.
Louis Van Gaal, Manchester United manager, described their 1-0 defeat to Albion as a “big blow” for the Red Devils’ bid to qualify for the Champions League.
“The loss is a big blow because it was not necessary. When you see the first half it was not necessary I think,” Louis Van Gaal said, via The Sports Review.
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