PLAYER REVIEWS: Bruno Fernandes is the key man from the spot in Manchester United’s win

Manchester United beat West Brom 1-0 at Old Trafford thanks to a twice-taken penalty by Bruno Fernandes.

The victory brings the Red Devils to ninth place, but the Baggies remain in the relegation zone and have yet to win this season.

Sportsmail the rule runs on the performance of both teams …


David De Gea – 7

Had a save to make in the first half, from Grant, and made it up, doing the same for Townsend shortly after the restart.

David de Gea made two quality saves to keep his clear for Manchester United

David de Gea made two quality saves to keep his clear for Manchester United

David de Gea made two quality saves to keep his clear for Manchester United

Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 5

Slowly forward once and when he did, he was badly out of position when Robinson hit the crossbar in front of the visitors.

Victor Lindelof – 6

Better display than lately with some well-timed challenges and some good positional decision making.

Harry Maguire – 6

Some very good early challenges, one of which set up a counter but got caught on the ‘penalty’ which Albion won and then was denied.

Alex Telles – 6

First taste of Premier League football and looked solid defensively. However, it has had no impact in the future.

Alex Telles was solid, if not spectacular, on his Premier League debut at Old Trafford

Nemanja Matic – 6

As usual, chose the easy options and read the game properly without leaving a big mark on the procedure.

Fred – 6

Much of the fetch and carry that kept United in possession but lacked the vision to make an impact.

Juan Mata – 5

Supposed to add much needed creativity, but despite a few nice touches, the obvious man was to be dunked first.

Bruno Fernandes – 8

Fortunately escaping a penalty call for a trip on Gallagher and doubly happy with United’s own penalty. Yet easily their best player.

Marcus Rashford – 6

Quiet first half but close to opening the score with an intelligent and skillful shot shortly after the restart.

A quiet evening for Marcus Rashford, but the 23-year-old came close with a first half

Anthony Martial – 5

One threat but two good chances were saved by Johnstone when he expected to score.


Edinson Cavani for Mata 63-6

Donny van de Beek on behalf of Rashford 79 – 6

Scott McTominay for Fred 84

Subs (not used) James, Henderson, Williams, Tuanzebe.

West Brom (5-3-2):

Sam Johnstone – 9

Two early saves from Martial and two later from Rashford made for an unforgettable return to Old Trafford. Unhappy with his “save” penalty.

Sam Johnstone was unlucky that his penalty saved from Bruno Fernandes led to a return

Darnell Furlong – 6

A few lively minutes in which he nearly put down the opener for Townsend and then gave away the killer penalty.

Half Ajayi – 6

Strong performance in the middle of the defense but slip almost gave Rashford a goal.

Kyle Bartley – 7

Bravely fired a shot from Maguire right in the face, summing up Albion’s defensive spirit. Schipper set a good example.

Branislav Ivanovic – 7

Veteran threatened from an early corner, using his experience to make up for a marked lack of pace against United’s speedsters.

Ivanovic was one of the better players for West Brom on a frustrating night for the Baggies

Conor Townsend – 5

Was alert to a clever defense that denied Martial a scoring opportunity and nearly opened the score after the restart.

Matheus Pereira – 5

Clever pass allowed Grant to get Albion’s best chance of the first half, but didn’t see enough of the ball to influence much else.

Romaine Sawyers – 7

Grafted for his back four and had to given the amount of possession and speed United had.

Conor Gallagher – 8

Lively display, good delivery of set pieces and a penalty kick won – only to have it ruled out by VAR.

Grady Diangana – 5

Took a lot of ground in support of Grant but ran out of steam and was replaced after an hour.

Diangana showed herself diligently for the away team, but rarely threatened United’s goal

Karlan Grant – 5

Baggies’ best chance of the first half fell to him and forced De Gea to a good save.


Hal Robson-Kanu for Diangana 62 – 5

Callum Robinson for Grant 62-7

Filip Krovinovic for Ivanovic 79-5

Subs (not used) Button, Phillips, Harper, O’Shea.

Referee: D Coote 7


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