English Premiership

United saved by Blind strike

2014-10-20 23:15
Daley Blind (AFP)

London - Daley Blind's late second half strike has helped a lacklustre Manchester United salvage a 2-2 draw against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns in the Premier League on Monday.

United, who have now gone six games without an away win in the Premier League, their worst run for 18 years, looked sloppy in the opening stages and Stephane Sessegnon's well-executed finish put the home side ahead at halftime.

Substitute Marouane Fellaini equalised for United two minutes after the break but Saido Berahino put West Brom back in front before Blind's low strike in the 87th minute.

A draw for United keeps them sixth with 12 points from eight games, while West Brom move up to 14th with nine points.

In the absence of suspended captain Wayne Rooney, United boss Louis Van Gaal opted to start Robin van Persie as a lone striker with Adnan Januzaj, Juan Mata and Angel Di Maria willing runners in behind.

But West Brom supplied the attacking intent early on and they took the lead on eight minutes when Andre Wisdom broke down the right-hand side and slid a pass into Sessegnon, who rifled a first-time shot past David de Gea from the edge of the area.

West Brom continued to expose gaping holes in United's midfield but Di Maria did provide some light relief for the visitors when his swerving shot was palmed away by Boaz Myhill.

Van Gaal introduced Fellaini in place of Ander Herrera at halftime and the towering Belgian scored his first goal for United just after the break when he shrugged aside Joleon Lescott and powered a shot into the top corner.

But Berahino restored West Brom's advantage on 66 minutes when the young striker collected Chris Brunt's pass and raced clear off the United defence before calmly slotting the ball past De Gea to score his sixth league goal of the season.

In search of an equaliser, Colombian Radamel Falcao came on for Mata and United came close to levelling things up when Van Persie's right-footed volley came back off the post.

With time running out Netherlands international Blind popped up on the edge of the box and hit a precise low shot past Myhill to recuse a point and spare United's blushes.


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