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Monday 20 October 2014 | The Hawthorns | Referee: Mike Dean | Attendance 25,794

West Brom
  • Stéphane Sessegnon (8)
  • Saido Berahino (66)
West Brom
2 - 2
Man Utd
  • Marouane Fellaini (48)
  • Daley Blind (87)
Man Utd

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Daley Blind grabbed an 87th-minute equaliser as Manchester United came from behind for a second time to draw 2-2 at West Bromwich Albion on Monday.

Louis van Gaal's side were heading towards a third defeat in eight Barclays Premier League matches when the in-form Saido Berahino put West Brom 2-1 up with 24 minutes remaining at The Hawthorns.

But holding midfielder Blind then emulated Marouane Fellaini by scoring his first goal for United, denying the hosts a notable victory.

West Brom took an early lead through a fine goal from Stephane Sessegnon, the first of four brilliant finishes in the match.

Fellaini equalised in stunning fashion within three minutes of his introduction at the start of the second half, but Alan Irvine's men re-took the lead when Berahino broke clear to grab his sixth league goal of the campaign.

That strike looked set to prove decisive, but Blind had the final say when he drilled home a shot from the edge of the area late on.

Radamel Falcao was left on the bench by Van Gaal, who handed starts to the fit-again Phil Jones and Ander Herrera in addition to Adnan Januzaj.

West Brom started the brighter and Sessegnon opened the scoring in the eighth minute with a superb first-time finish.

The Benin international met Andre Wisdom's low ball with a curling effort into David de Gea's top left-hand corner, following an excellent run down the right from the on-loan Liverpool full-back, who was included in the West Brom starting XI in place of Cristian Gamboa.

Robin van Persie was then denied by goalkeeper Boaz Myhill, in for the injured Ben Foster, at the other end as United sought an immediate response.

Angel di Maria also tested Myhill on two occasions but the visitors, despite dominating possession for much of the first half, appeared to lack a cutting edge in the final third.

Fellaini was brought on for Herrera after the half-time interval and made an almost immediate impact by controlling a cross from Di Maria with his chest, before swivelling and unleashing an unstoppable drive beyond Myhill and into the top-right corner.

United appeared more likely to grab a second goal thereafter, but were caught short at the back again as Berahino restored Albion's lead.

The England Under-21 international is behind only Manchester City's Sergio Aguero and Chelsea's Diego Costa in the Barclays Premier League goalscoring charts and displayed his quality once again, capping an excellent West Brom move with a confident strike into the bottom-right corner from Chris Brunt's incisive pass.

Van Persie struck the post with a vicious half-volley from the edge of the area before Di Maria was withdrawn for Ashley Young due to an injury to his right thigh.

With United’s club record signing on the sidelines, West Brom looked set to hold on.

But there was to be a final twist as Blind picked the perfect time to open his account and salvage a point with a smart, side-footed finish.

West Brom head coach Alan Irvine: "I'm disappointed - we were so close to getting a fantastic result and for us to be in our dressing room feeling bitterly disappointed is a feeling we won't experience much. We thought the three points were there for the taking.

"I felt as though we did use the ball well at times and created opportunities. We scored two fantastic goals with two fantastic moves. They are a great group to work with, Saido Berahino has good role models here. He is a good finisher with both feet and is very composed in those situations, I wasn't surprised when he scored.

"I enjoyed tonight and I'm enjoying the job, the players are so responsive. We're making progress and I can't praise them enough for how they've reacted since I came to the club."

Man Utd manager Louis van Gaal: "I'm very disappointed - we played our best match of the season but the result is not good enough, we could have won but could have doesn't count in our world."

"We have to look for more balance. I'm a coach who wants to have creative players but in England you need physical bodies in your team and Fellaini is one of these. Twelve points is not too good from eight games, and is probably eight points too few in my opinion."

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Line-up All Fans BFR
13. Boaz Myhill 4.62 3.83
15. Sébastien Pocognoli 5.33 5.4
25. Craig Dawson 5.64 4.88
2. Andre Wisdom 5.85 5.55
6. Joleon Lescott 5.42 5.37
17. Graham Dorrans 5.25 5.5
8. Craig Gardner 5.27 5.37
7. James Morrison 6.09 5.7
29. Stéphane Sessegnon 6.5 5.69
11. Chris Brunt 6.55 5.43
18. Saido Berahino 7.5 6.85
Substitutes All Fans BFR
10. Victor Anichebe 2.0 4.53
23. Gareth McAuley 2.2 2.13
16. Cristian Gamboa 3.4 3.43
28. Sebastián Blanco 2.8 2.86
19. Luke Daniels 4.2 4.33
21. Youssuf Mulumbu 4.14 4.32
9. Brown Ideye 4.17 5.26
Line-up All Fans BFR
1. David de Gea 5.32 5.97
2. Rafael 5.19 5.95
5. Marcos Rojo 4.52 5.83
4. Phil Jones 5.0 4.8
3. Luke Shaw 4.61 5.67
17. Daley Blind 7.13 6.54
21. Ander Herrera 5.13 5.96
11. Adnan Januzaj 4.6 4.68
8. Juan Mata 5.45 5.79
7. Ángel Di María 8.25 7.96
20. Robin van Persie 5.27 5.89
Substitutes All Fans BFR
12. Chris Smalling 4.17 3.64
16. Michael Carrick 4.67 3.25
24. Darren Fletcher 2.5 3.56
18. Ashley Young 3.91 3.74
13. Anders Lindegaard 3.17 3.3
31. Marouane Fellaini 6.8 4.69
9. Falcao 6.33 6.68

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