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West Bromwich Albion 2-2 Manchester United

By Luke ReddyBBC Sport
Daley Blind
Blind's equaliser against West Brom was only his fourth club career goal
  • Man Utd six games without a win on the road
  • Fellaini and Blind score first United goals
  • Sessegnon and Berahino on target for West Brom
  • United one point better off than this stage last season

Daley Blind's late goal salvaged a point at West Bromwich Albion but could not end Manchester United's winless run away from home under Louis van Gaal.

Stephane Sessegnon's first-time 18-yard strike put Albion ahead at the break.

Half-time substitute Marouane Fellaini levelled with his first United goal - a powerful shot from just inside the box.

Saido Berahino's low finish restored the home side's lead but United's Robin van Persie hit the post late on before Blind's 20-yard shot earned a point.

A tough month for Manchester United
DateOpponent
26 OctoberChelsea (home)
2 NovemberManchester City (away)
8 NovemberCrystal Palace (home)
22 NovemberArsenal (away)

The draw means United are unbeaten in three games and have one more point after eight games than they did last season in a campaign which saw David Moyes sacked as manager for underachieving.

It will come as a relief to new boss Van Gaal, who this week called his previous request to be judged after three months in the role "stupid", as United continue to adapt to his philosophy.

Van Gaal blames 'individual errors'

The Dutchman, who has won seven league titles with European clubs, left his summer striking recruit Radamel Falcao on the bench in the West Midlands, but it is at the other end of the pitch where United's problems lie.

Only Liverpool have conceded as many goals in the top half of the table and, at 1-1 at The Hawthorns, lax defending allowed the Baggies back in front and left Van Gaal's men scrambling for a point.

It arrived through an unlikely source in Blind, whose curled effort from 20 yards was only the fourth club goal of his career.

Despite their resilience to level, United have now gone six league games without a win on the road, a run not seen since the 1996-97 season, when they eventually finished champions.

Such an outcome seems unlikely this time around and with fixtures against Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal to come inside a month, their leaky defence looks set to undergo further scrutiny.

West Brom, who have picked up seven points from their last four matches, were rewarded for a slick start when Sessegnon swept Andre Wisdom's cross into the top corner from 18 yards.

The 30-year-old's first goal of the season sparked a response from United who tested home keeper Boaz Myhill - in for the injured Ben Foster - through Angel Di Maria twice and Van Persie.

Baggies bitterly disappointed - Irvine

It was Myhill's first outing since December of last year and his resistance ended early in the second period when Fellaini pulled down a Di Maria cross and fired into the roof of the net from just inside the penalty area.

His introduction will be seen as a touch of ingenuity from Van Gaal and preceded a spell of intensity from United which was reminiscent of more successful times, but Berahino halted their momentum.

The 21-year-old ran on to Chris Brunt's through ball before curling a low shot beyond David de Gea, to score his sixth league goal of the season - more than his team-mates combined.

But his punishing of United's exposed defence could not earn the Baggies a first home win over their opponents in the Premier League.

Van Persie thumped against the woodwork after a knock-down from substitute Falcao, but it was Blind who had the final say with a 20-yard effort that crept inside Myhill's right-hand post to lift United to sixth.

Manchester United are now six away games without a win, a run last endured in 1996 when a 6-3 defeat at Southampton formed part of their misery
Manchester United have now gone six away league games without a win, a run last endured in 1996 when they lost 6-3 at Southampton
Radamel Falcao and Marouane Fellaini
Radamel Falcao, a deadline-day signing at Manchester United, started on the bench at The Hawthorns
Stephane Sessegnon of West Brom
Stephane Sessegnon's first goal of the season was the perfect start for the home side
Marouane Fellaini slammed Manchester United level within minutes of coming on as a substitute
Marouane Fellaini slammed Manchester United level within minutes of coming on as a substitute
Boaz Myhill started in place of the injured Ben Foster but could not get near Daley Blind's 87th minute strike
Boaz Myhill started in place of the injured Ben Foster but could not get near Daley Blind's 87th-minute strike

Line-ups

West Brom

  • 13Myhill
  • 2Wisdom
  • 25Dawson
  • 6Lescott
  • 15Pocognoli
  • 8Gardner
  • 7MorrisonBooked at 39mins
  • 17Dorrans
  • 29SessegnonSubstituted forMulumbuat 86'minutes
  • 11Brunt
  • 18Berahino

Substitutes

  • 9Ideye
  • 10Anichebe
  • 16Gamboa
  • 19Daniels
  • 21Mulumbu
  • 23McAuley
  • 28Blanco

Man Utd

  • 1de Gea
  • 2da Silva
  • 4Jones
  • 5RojoBooked at 90mins
  • 3Shaw
  • 17BlindBooked at 83mins
  • 11Januzaj
  • 8MataSubstituted forFalcaoat 72'minutes
  • 21HerreraSubstituted forFellainiat 45'minutes
  • 7Di MaríaSubstituted forYoungat 76'minutes
  • 20van Persie

Substitutes

  • 9Falcao
  • 12Smalling
  • 13Lindegaard
  • 16Carrick
  • 18Young
  • 24Fletcher
  • 31Fellaini
Referee:
Mike Dean
Attendance:
25,794

Match Stats

Home TeamWest BromAway TeamMan Utd
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home8
Away22
Shots on Target
Home2
Away7
Corners
Home0
Away11
Fouls
Home6
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, West Bromwich Albion 2, Manchester United 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 2, Manchester United 2.

  3. Booking

    Marcos Rojo (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Marcos Rojo (Manchester United).

  5. Post update

    Youssuf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Rafael (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion).

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Daley Blind (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Marouane Fellaini.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Daley Blind (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Craig Dawson.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Falcao with a headed pass.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Chris Brunt.

  13. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  14. Post update

    Delay in match Sébastien Pocognoli (West Bromwich Albion) because of an injury.

  15. Goal!

    Goal! West Bromwich Albion 2, Manchester United 2. Daley Blind (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Youssuf Mulumbu replaces Stéphane Sessegnon.

  17. Post update

    Offside, Manchester United. Rafael tries a through ball, but Falcao is caught offside.

  18. Booking

    Daley Blind (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Daley Blind (Manchester United).

  20. Post update

    Stéphane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea87102381522
2Man City85211881017
3Southampton85121951416
4West Ham84131511413
5Liverpool84131312113
6Man Utd83321512312
7Arsenal82511311211
8Swansea83231110111
9Tottenham83231011-111
10Stoke832389-111
11Hull82421313010
12Aston Villa8314412-810
13Everton8233161609
14West Brom82331011-19
15Leicester82331113-29
16Crystal Palace82241114-38
17Sunderland8152815-78
18Newcastle8143814-67
19Burnley8044413-94
20QPR8116618-124
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