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Manchester United squeak past West Brom courtesy of penalty controversies

Bruno Fernandes scores from a retake minutes after Baggies have a spot kick overturned

epa08834946 Bruno Fernandes (R) of Manchester United misses the penalty which later was repeated during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and West Bromwich Albion in Manchester, Britain, 21 November 2020. EPA/Alex Livesey / POOL EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
epa08834946 Bruno Fernandes (R) of Manchester United misses the penalty which later was repeated during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and West Bromwich Albion in Manchester, Britain, 21 November 2020. EPA/Alex Livesey / POOL EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.

A retaken penalty from Bruno Fernandes gave an unimpressive Manchester United a 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, their first home victory of the Premier League season.

Fernandes's first effort was saved by West Brom keeper Sam Johnstone but referee David Coote ordered the kick be re-taken after ruling the keeper had come off his line. The Portuguese midfielder made no mistake with the second attempt.

Winless West Brom's frustration was doubled by the fact that the penalty, awarded for a handball by Darnell Furlong, came eight minutes after they had a penalty award overturned after review.

Coote pointed to the spot after he ruled Fernandes made shin-to-shin contact with Conor Gallagher in the box but the referee reversed his decision after being sent to the pitchside monitor.

Substitute Callum Robinson went close to an equaliser for West Brom in the 65th minute with a superb curling shot that struck the bar.

United, who had struggled to break down Slaven Bilic's side until their goal, had chances to extend their lead but the outstanding Johnstone produced a series of good saves.

The win moved United above local rivals Manchester City into ninth place, on 13 points, seven behind leaders Tottenham Hotspur who earlier went top after beating Pep Guardiola's men 2-0. You can read that match report here.

And here you can get player ratings from the match between Chelsea and Newcastle on Saturday which the Blues also won 2-0.

Updated: November 22, 2020 02:22 AM

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