Bruno Fernandes’ second-half strike gave the Red Devils invaluable three points on Saturday night.
If you had asked the United faithful about how they see their team getting a first win of the season, a Fernandes penalty would have been a very popular choice. It was far from a pretty win for Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer who looked a relieved man in his press conference.
United took all three points through a spot-kick after the Baggies were denied a penalty of their own. Slaven Bilic’s side threatened De Gea’s posts a number of times which leaves United with a lot of questions rather than answers.
Before kick-off, Solskjaer had played down the significance of not being able to win at home, claiming the venue of a game is no longer a significant factor, with all matches now being played behind closed doors due to Covid-19 restrictions.
The Norwegian gave an honest opinion of the match claiming that the performance of his team was below par. “It’s definitely not a step forward performance-wise,” he said in his post-match press conference.
“We played really well against Everton last time. That’s a performance I was really happy with. This one was way below par and sometimes three points are more important than performance, even though we know that to move up the table we have to play better.”
“After the international break it isn’t easy, there’s not much time to prepare for the game.”
It was a clear penalty on Gallagher claims Bilic
His counterpart had similar feeling of dissatisfaction with how the result ended up being due to refereeing decisions. “Well I am really disappointed. I’m really disappointed with the decision,” he told BT Sport. “All those crucial decisions went against us. I’ve watched it a few times and for me, it’s a clear penalty. I don’t understand why he overturned it.
“Our penalty, with the new rules, it’s handball. It’s a bit unlucky but it’s handball. Before the handball, it was a clear foul on Gallagher.
“We are talking about instead of 1-0 to us, it’s 1-0 to them. That makes a difference, especially playing against Manchester United away, it’s game over.”