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Manchester United 1-2 West Bromwich Albion: Spotty defending costs United dearly at home (video)

Sep 28, 2013, 12:13 PM EDT

A cracking second half saw Manchester United saddled with their second-straight loss in the Premier League and left David Moyes shaking his head at their inability to deal with an opponent they quite frankly shouldn’t have an issue with at home.

Early on Scott Sinclair went down injured and was replaced by Sado Berahino.  More on that later. A major chance came in the 24th minute for the home side, as Nani sent in a slicing free kick from long range, and Wayne Rooney caught a head on it with power but it was right at Boaz Myhill.

Jonas Olsson, in a somewhat harmless header challenge, got a big cut over his eye which covered his shirt in blood and sent him off the pitch for a bit, but he returned with a massive wrap over his forehead.

In the 34th minute, United produced a dangerous counter, and Kagawa found Anderson who thundered the crossbar with his header.  It didn’t matter because the flag went up for some reason, even though replays showed Anderson was clearly onside.

United continued to absorb and play on the counter, and Kagawa himself got a few good looks at goal as the first half went on.

The second half brought fans what they were searching for, as the game was brought to life.

source: Getty ImagesIt was Amalfitano first who gave West Brom the lead in the 54th minute. He received the ball in his own half and a wonderful run saw him embarrass Rio Ferdinand and deke De Gea, leaving the keeper in a heap on the ground and letting the Frenchman touch the ball home.

Rooney was there for United though.  His free kick from a tight angle came rocketing into the box. Two Red Devils whiffed at a redirect touch, but it wasn’t needed as the ball found the corner pocket anyways to level.

West Brom continued searching for another lead, and it was a young substitute who gave it to them in the 67th minute.  Stephane Sessegnon sliced a wonderful ball into the box for Amalfitano, who cut back to 20-year-old Sado Berahino for a thundering low finish past De Gea and a 2-1 lead.

The game settled down from there, until United believed they had another equalizer by substitute Marouane Fellaini until they saw the linesman’s flag was up.

It was all she wrote for Manchester United, as they went relatively meekly the rest of the match and sent David Moyes home with their first-ever loss to West Brom in the league, and more importantly Manchester United’s worst start in the top-flight in 24 years.

Goals:

Manchester United – Rooney 57′
West Brom – Amalfitano 54′, Berahino, 67′

Lineups:

Manchester United – De Gea; Jones, Ferdinand, Evans, Buttner; Anderson (Fellaini 68′), Carrick; Kagawa (Januzaj, 45′), Rooney, Nani; Hernandez (van Persie, 58′).

West Bromwich Albion – Myhill; Olsson, Ridgewell, McAuley, Jones; Yacob, Mulumbu, Sinclair (Berahino, 13′), Amalfitano, Sessegnon (Rosenberg, 90′); Anichebe (Lugano, 85′).

  1. footballer4ever - Sep 28, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    Transition Year, not Calamity year. Get used to not being on top Manchester United Football Club fans. This coming from a ManUnited fan in me.

    • Matthew - Sep 28, 2013 at 1:22 PM

      It’s one thing for Man United to lose to Man City or Liverpool (go Liverpool!)…but for them to lose to West Brom?!? Back to the drawing board for Moyes & Co.

  2. billobrienschindimple - Sep 28, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    My Manc friends have been stunningly quiet so far this season. Especially when compared to the Roy Hodgson era.

  3. dalecooperscoffee - Sep 28, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    Spot on about being a transitional year, never expected united to challenge for the title and thought they would end up 3rd or 4th (and still do).
    Losing away to the big clubs is excusable but losing at home to west brom is not. His ideas are clearly not translating into results on the pitch.
    I will stand by moyes as he deserves time, just as feegie had before him. I would hate to see united become like Madrid or Chelsea with the way the replace managers at the drop of a hat.

  4. prie4930 - Sep 29, 2013 at 2:21 AM

    What a difference eight days make.. Before the Sunderland game, I was extremely worried about the prospects of relegation, now it’s still cloud nine after possibly the most famous singular result in the Baggies Premier League history. I get the juicy story in the eyes of the media is Manchester United’s struggles but I don’t think folks realize exactly what West Brom were facing themselves.

    -Ben Foster, the second-string goalkeeper on England National Team (and one who could have pushed Hart IMO) out since late August with a broken ankle.

    -Long, Morrison, Anelka all out today with injuries of their own.

    -Scott Sinclair catching an injury in the early going today.

    -Anichebe playing through a (groin?) injury throughout the 90 minutes. And playing admirably, really.

    This wasn’t like West Brom fielded their very best possible lineup today but they fielded an inspiring one. Myhill did his job in goal. Berahino grew up leaps and bounds after he subbed in for Sinclair. AMALFITANO!! Getting the 2012 Claudio Yacob back. Olsson terrific. I mean the list can literally go on and on for each player in the blue and white.

    Maybe the best part of today is that was never a fluke. It was never an affair of WBA staying tentative. Although they were over-matched on paper, they had their game plan and it paid off. They attacked Manchester United all afternoon, they were the better side today, they stole nothing. Steve Clarke deserves a large tip of the cap for his tactics. Sorry for rambling, I think I’m still blacked out fourteen hours later.

    BOING BOING

    • tendigitpoet - Sep 29, 2013 at 12:05 PM

      I live in the US in an Major League Soccer city, so I’m very new to EPL soccer. I picked WBA out of the hat to follow and was thrilled by the past two matches. Two tougher ones are coming up, but it was exciting to watch yesterday, especially the first goal when Amalfitano faked ‘em out of their jock straps! Way to go, Baggies!

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