Winners, losers and player ratings as Man Utd secure narrow win over West Brom

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Manchester United scraped to a much-needed and arguably fortunate win over West Brom as Bruno Fernandes' spot-kick sealed the three points at Old Trafford.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men dominated the first half against West Brom, although the match remained going into the break.

The hosts were breathing a huge sigh of relief within minutes of the second half getting under way when referee David Coote pointed to the spot having adjudged Bruno Fernandes to have brought down Conor Gallagher in the box.

The irate Portuguese midfielder claimed he got the ball and saw the decision overturned after Coote watched a replay of the incident on the advice of the VAR.

Coote then pointed to the spot after Juan Mata's cross hit Darnell Furlong's hand. Fernandes saw his first attempt saved by Sam Johnstone but the keeper had strayed well off his line and the Red Devils star made no mistake with his second attempt.

So, who were the winners and who were the losers? Here's how we rated the performances…


Bruno Fernandes


The Portuguese midfielder is becoming one of Solskjaer's key men.

And he showed his undoubted ability with a string of stunning through balls in the first half, with the former Sporting Lisbon captain picking out Juan Mata and Anthony Martial with fine passes.

It was a mixed performance from Fernandes, with poor touches overshadowing his game, but he was one of United's best players and ultimately opened the scoring from the spot.

He was, however, fortunate to not give a penalty away after fouling Gallagher in the box.

Sam Johnstone


The former United goalkeeper failed to make the grade at Old Trafford and, after seven loan spells away from the club, joined West Brom two years ago.

He is becoming an integral part of the West Brom squad and proved his worth with a string of smart saves against his former employers.

The pick of the bunch was a stunning reaction stop to prevent Martial from opening the scoring, a save David de Gea would have been proud of.

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Conor Gallagher


The midfielder on loan from Chelsea thrived in the middle of the park for West Brom.

Having seen a temporary move to Crystal Palace fall through, the 20-year-old eventually sealed a top-flight chance with the Baggies in the summer and he is certainly enjoying himself.

Gallagher pulled the strings in midfield and showed his attacking intent on several occasions. He was unfortunate not to win a penalty, with replays showing contact from Fernandes.

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David Coote


The referee was in the spotlight following his controversial performance as the VAR official in Liverpool's 2-2 Merseyside draw with Everton.

And he was unable to avoid controversy again as he somewhat bizarrely overturned his decision to award West Brom a penalty.

Gallagher was clearly caught by Fernandes but the referee opted to change his mind after looking at the pitchside monitor following a VAR review.

Fernandes appeared to get the ball but, even so, there was obvious contact and West Brom will feel hard done by.

Anthony Martial


The Frenchman led the line alongside Marcus Rashford and showed smart movement to get himself in dangerous positions.

But he was wasteful in front of goal, missing a glorious opportunity to open the scoring after being put through by Fernandes in the first half.

Martial continued to knock on the door but was unable to find a way past Johnstone.

United need him to take his chances if they're to enjoy a successful season.

Marcus Rashford

The striker didn't feature for England during the recent international break and it seemed as if he was lacking match fitness on Saturday.

Rashford rarely got behind the West Brom defence and was easily handled by Kyle Bartley and Co.

Solskjaer hauled him off after 80 minutes, brining on Donny van De Beek, to cap off a largely uneventful game for United's key striker.

Player ratings

Man Utd: de Gea 6, Wan Bissaka 5, Lindelof 6, Maguire 6, Alex Telles 6, Matic 5, Fred 6 (McTominay 84, 6), Mata 5 (Cavani 63, 5), Bruno Fernandes 7, Rashford 5 (Van de Beek 79, 5), Martial 5.

West Brom: Johnstone 7, Furlong 7, Ajayi 6, Bartley 7, Ivanovic 6 (Krovinovic, 79, 6), Townsend 6, Matheus Pereira 6, Sawyers 6, Gallagher 7, Diangana 6 (Robson-Kanu 62, 6), Ahearne-Grant 5 (Robinson 62, 6) .

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