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MetiNews.Com - West Bromwich Albion are still looking for their first win after returning to the Premier, denied once more in controversial circumstances at Old Trafford
Breaking News ! West Bromwich Albion left Old Trafford with nothing to show for their brave performance against Manchester United. They did so after a controversial second half centred around two penalty situations. Albion thought they had been given one when Conor Gallagher was hacked down - only for the referee to reverse his original decision. Then Bruno Fernandes was given two chances to beat Sam Johnstone, leaving Slaven Bilic raging. Here’s how the national media reported the game. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now The Sun Finally Manchester United had a reason to smile about technology again… even if it did leave Slaven Bilic with a face like thunder. A cyber attack had breached United’s computer system before kick off had caused panic inside Old Trafford. Last night Baggies boss Bilic was the one feeling decidedly hacked off, after two VAR calls wrecked his side’s dreams of a shock – and gifted victory to United. First referee David Coote over-turned his own 46th minute penalty call after Bruno Fernandes sent Conor Gallagher tumbling in the box after a touchline review. And seven minutes later Fernandes put United in front with a retaken spot kick after Sam Johnstone stepped from his line, as he saved the midfielder’s first attempt. Read More Related Articles Ole Gunnar Solskjaer delivers his verdict on West Brom and Manchester United VAR calls Read More Related Articles 'Got away with one' - Manchester United fans deliver verdict on win over West Brom The Express Bruno Fernandes was involved in penalty drama at both ends against West Brom as the midfielder secured Manchester United’s first home league win of the season. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men avoided becoming just the third side in the club’s history to start a campaign with five winless home league matches on Saturday evening. West Brom - without a victory since promotion back to the Premier League - made life difficult for United, who eked out a 1-0 win thanks to Fernandes’ penalty after the video assistant referee’s intervention during a frantic start to the second half. Man-of-the-match Sam Johnstone produced fine saves to thwart Anthony Martial and his former club in a goalless opening period at Old Trafford, where Slaven Bilic’s men looked set to open the scoring straight after half-time. Read More Related Articles 'Robbed blind' - West Brom fans go ballistic over major controversy against Manchester United Read More Related Articles 'Utterly robbed' - Player ratings as West Brom are done by VAR at Manchester United The Guardian Manchester United finally have a Premier League victory at Old Trafford and a second consecutive win in the competition, though they far from convinced. Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side benefited from three decisions regarding two penalties and Slaven Bilic was understandably disappointed at the majority of the officiating here from David Coote, the referee, and VAR. Bruno Fernandes of Manchester United scores (Image: Getty Images) Each occurred in the second half and centred on Bruno Fernandes and Conor Gallagher. In the first the former was adjudged by Coote to have fouled the latter and the referee awarded a spot-kick. Yet VAR informed the official to consult the pitchside monitor and, after this, he reversed his decision, ruling that it was clear and obvious Fernandes took the ball before touching Gallagher. West Brom daily newsletter. Free. To your inbox Why should you sign up? In our daily Baggies bulletin, we'll be bringing you the latest breaking news, transfer features and comment pieces, as well as the key talking points for fans. How do you sign up? It's easy and only takes seconds. Simply type your email address into the box at the top of this article and hit sign up. And that's it, you're all set.
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Two minutes later Coote gave a second penalty when Juan Mata’s cross hit Darnell Furlong and, while Gallagher appeared to have been clearly fouled in the buildup, the referee’s decision stood, despite a VAR check. Up stepped Fernandes and after his trademark hop the outstanding Sam Johnstone saved, yet VAR this time – correctly – ordered a retake as the goalkeeper was a yard off his line. The Telegraph There have only been two occasions in Manchester United’s illustrious history when they have failed to win any of their opening five home matches of a league season. Fortunately for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, his side managed to avoid making it an ignominious third but only after a retaken penalty ended a near five and a half hour league goal drought at Old Trafford and West Bromwich Albion had a penalty award of their own controversially overturned.
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Bruno Fernandes’s initial penalty had been saved by Sam Johnstone but the West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper and former United trainee was off his line as he dived down low to his left to keep the ball out and, as such, the Portugal midfielder was presented with an opportunity to atone. It was not the only penalty drama involving Fernandes on the night, though - or one that West Brom came out worse off from. Conor Gallagher thought he had won his side a penalty after tumbling under a challenge from Fernandes. Already dismayed that United’s penalty had been allowed to stand after a foul by Fred on Gallagher before Darnell Furlong handled Juan Mata’s cross, Slaven Bilic struggled to conceal his anger at Coote’s decision to renege on his original call.
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