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West Brom 1 – 1 Man Utd: Three things we learned as Red Devils’ title hopes dissipate

West Brom 1 – 1 Man Utd: Three things we learned as Red Devils’ title hopes dissipate

West Brom 1 – 1 Man Utd: Three things we learned as Red Devils’ title hopes dissipate

  • Manchester United’s title hopes suffered a major blow as they were held to a 1-1 draw at West Brom on Sunday
  • The home side took the match by the scruff of its neck by scoring within the opening two minutes past a hapless David De Gea
  • Bruno Fernandes’ smashing volley on the stroke of half-time gave United hope but they weren’t able to break the Baggies defense

Here are three things we learned from West Brom 1 – 1 Man Utd:

Slow starts to their games continue to cost Man Utd

If the Old Trafford faithful believes today was going to be an easy three points, they weren’t aware of their team’s ability to shoot itself in the foot in the early stages of the games. The Red Devils were again the 2nd best side for the first half and were made to pay by surrendering two precious points.

What is more, that game brought back painful memories for the away side, as it’s the fastest Premier League goal conceded by the Old Trafford outfit since its defense was smashed open by a Christian Eriksen opener after 11 seconds in January 2018.

 

Luke Shaw continues to impress

When Man Utd brought in Alex Telles from Porto last summer summer, many would have thought that the Portuguese arrival, who was 27 at the time United acquired his services, would surely mean the end of road for his much younger counterpart Luke Shaw.

That, however, hasn’t been the case. Shaw has probably ended up benefiting from the arrival of Telles, as it has forced him to up his game to remain in the Man Utd starting XI every weekend, while also making a serious case for getting a berth in England’s squad for this summer’s Euro 2020.

 

Title race all but over for United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side had come into the game with the knowledge that anything but a victory would allow them to keep pressure on the runaway potential champions Manchester City, who had seamlessly ripped apart Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

However, if that result put pressure on the United squad, they took it too literally and ended up giving away two points that would have extended their lead over reigning champions Liverpool by eight points. Hence why for the remainder of the season United would be better served looking over their shoulder.


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