West Bromwich Albion
S. Rondón 66′
Possession: West Brom 47% United 53%
Shots: West Brom 9 United 6
Shots on target: West Brom 2 United 1
Corners: West Brom 4 United 5
The United players applaud the traveling fans before walking off the pitch following the full-time whistle.
90+4: Full Time . WEST BROM 1 UNITED 0
39. It is all over at The Hawthorns and 10-man United have suffered a frustrating 1-0 defeat to West Brom following Juan Mata’s red card and Saloman Rondon’s second half goal.
38. The Baggies are holding on to the ball seriously. This will be a massive win for them.
37. There will be four minutes of added time. Come on United!!!
36. West Brom: Sandro takes the place of Berahino.
Come on United!
35. Fosu-Mensah comes on to replace Darmian at right-back.
34. It looks like Tim Fosu-Mensah is about to come on for United, as the third and final change.
33. United are struggling to get the ball upfield to Martial and that is hampering the Reds’ chances of scoring an equaliser here at The Hawthorns. A more direct approach might be needed and that could require Marouane Fellaini to step off the bench in the latter stages.
32. Memphis does well to win a free-kick on the left wing and the Dutchman then hits the resulting set-piece into the six-yard area, where Rojo rises but just misses the ball with his head.
31. Lingard quickly exits the action, temporarily, to receive treatment to his bleeding nose. The Reds are down to nine men at present.
30. Memphis replaces Rashford.
29. Memphis is getting ready for come on for United.
28. Stephane Sessegnon comes off for James McClean.
27. GOAL: WEST BROM 1 UNITED 0 . Goal scored at the 66′ minute.
26. The home side take the lead through Rondon, who perfectly controls a powerful cross inside the area to shoot past De Gea into the bottom corner. United must respond in the Midlands.
25. Schneiderlin takes the place of Herrera in midfield.
24. Schneiderlin is preparing to come on for United.
23. Herrera’s free-kick hits Martial in the wall.
22. Ollsson is booked yellow card for fouling Martial on the edge of West Brom’s area as the Frenchman was sprinting towards their goal.
21. West Brom manager makes a change as Craig Dawson exits the match for Sebastien Pocognoli.
20. Lingard dribbles past two markers on the left wing, cuts inside and fires a rasping effort that hits the roof of the net.
19. Blind’s corner is headed clear by Rondon.
18. Martial does well to get behind the West Brom defence from the left wing and cuts inside. He then knocks the ball towards Rashford for the youngster to hit a deflected shot wide of goal, earning a corner in the process.
17. The second half kicks off at The Hawthorns and neither manager has made changes.
From the live blog commentary below, only 16 major events or incidences took place at the football match. They all happened just before the half-time whistle on Super Sunday, at The Hawthorns . . .
16. The first half ends goalless at The Hawthorns.
15. Lingard does brilliantly well to earn a corner on the left wing and Blind hits the resulting set-piece into the Baggies area. His cross is headed clear by Rondon.
14. One minute of time has been added.
13. Smalling jostles with Rondon on the left wing, near the corner flag, and forces him to play the ball out of play.
12. Van Gaal may be pleased if his team can get to half-time with the score still goalless, so that he can orchestrate a plan for the second half with regards to United playing with just 10 men.
10. Mata collides with Fletcher for the second time in as many minutes and the Spaniard accidentally kicks the Scot’s ankle, earning his second yellow card and his dismissal. Mata is sent off with a red card
9. Mata earns the first booking of the match for preventing Fletcher from taking a quick free-kick.
8. Gardner’s free-kick from the right wing flies all the way to the back post and Mcauley heads wide of the goal from close range, although the linesman then raises his flag for offside.
7. West Brom wins a free-kick. Gardner’s free-kick play is deflected out for a corner by Martial and De Gea rises to comfortably catch the ball from the resulting set-piece.
6. Saido Berahino is arguably West Brom’s most dangerous striker but he has barely touched the ball thus far.
5. Martial loses possession on the left wing when trying to latch on to Carrick’s pass and the Frenchman limps away from his challenge with a West Brom opponent.
4. West Brom makes the first attempt at goal as Craig Dawson rises at the back post to head a cross wide of De Gea’s goal.
LIVE FROM THE HAWTHORNS . . .
3. United defensive positions: Rojo is playing at left-back with Blind and Smalling in the middle. Darmian is playing on the right.
2. Anthony Martial started the game on the left wing with Jesse Lingard on the right and Marcus Rashford through the middle. Juan Mata is playing as the no.10 as usual in the pocket with Herrera and Carrick sitting behind him in central midfield.
KICK-OFF AT THE HAWTHORNS
1. Juan Mata and Ander Herrera set the ball rolling for this Barclays Premier League match in the Midlands.
Kick off . . .
COUNTDOWN TO KICK OFF
The Red Devils have come out. The Red players are warming up at The Hawthorns stadium pitch. Michael Carrick returns and captains the side today. Kick off is at 16:00 GMT.
JUAN MATA TARGETS FURTHER MOMENTUM
In an exclusive interview with MUTV, Spanish midfielder, Juan Mata, looked forward to facing West Brom on the back of a game against Watford in which he captained Manchester United and scored the winning goal.
LINE UP OF WEST BROM Vs UNITED AT THE HAWTHORNS . Super Sunday
United: De Gea, Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Rojo, Carrick, Herrera, Lingard, Mata, Martial, Rashford. Subs: Romero, Fosu-Mensah, Varela, Schneiderlin, Weir, Fellaini, Memphis.
West Brom: Foster, Olsson, Chester, Yacob, Gardner, Berahino, McAuley, Fletcher, Dawson, Sessegnon, Rondon. Subs: Myhill, Anichebe, McClean, Pocognoli, Lambert, Pritchard, Sandro.
MATCH BUILD UP continues . . .
WEST BROM Info:
Jonny Evans is not yet ready to return for West Brom’s clash with his old club Manchester United today.
A hamstring injury has kept the defender out of the Baggies’ past two fixtures and boss Tony Pulis has confirmed he will not feature, along with his Northern Ireland colleague Chris Brunt, who found out this week he will miss the next six months having ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament.
Is this good for United?
Stay with me. I’ll be back shortly as we await the kick off by 4:oo PM GMT, prompt . . .
UP Man U!