Premier League: Man United held to 1-1 draw at lowly West Brom

Manchester United could only draw 1-1 at struggling West Bromwich Albion, leaving it second in the Premier League but seven points adrift of Manchester City.

Manchester United's Harry Maguire (left) and Edinson Cavani during their EPL match against West Bromwich Albion.   -  AP Photo

Manchester United could only draw 1-1 at struggling West Bromwich Albion on Sunday, leaving it second in the Premier League but seven points adrift of Manchester City.

West Brom, which needs a remarkable turnaround to avoid relegation, stunned its visiting team with a second-minute goal from on-loan Senegalese striker Mbaye Diagne who beat defender Victor Lindelof to head home.

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United looked out-of-sorts for the rest of the half, but its inspirational Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes stepped up yet again in the 44th minute with a spectacular volley from near the penalty spot.

In an exciting second half, the Manchester club had a penalty appeal turned down after captain Harry Maguire - trying to driving the team forward - was manhandled in the box.

West Brom survived waves of attacks including a Maguire header on to the post in the last minute. But the host also caused scares on the break, Diagne twice going close with only David de Gea to beat in the United goal.

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The result left West Brom second bottom of the table, 12 points from safety, with manager Sam Allardyce so far failing to ignite their season despite his reputation for great escapes.

League leader Manchester City beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 on Saturday to reach 53 points and has a game in hand over Manchester United and third-placed Leicester, both on 46.

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