3 Things We Learned as Manchester United Beat West Brom 1-0 at Old Trafford Courtesy of a Bruno Fernandes Penalty

Nov 22, 2020, 4:01 AM GMT+5:30
Bruno Fernandes
Bruno Fernandes | Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

Manchester United earned their first win at Old Trafford this season when they overcame West Bromwich Albion 1-0 in a tough encounter as the Premier League returned on Saturday after a two week international break.

Bruno Fernandes was yet again United's savior (yes, you guessed it right) from the penalty spot. Here are three things we learnt from this game....

1. Alex Telles comes up with a solid debut

Alex Telles
Alex Telles impressive on Manchester United debut | Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer decided to hand Alex Telles his home debut against West Brom after an injury to Luke Shaw and the Brazilian full-back was pretty impressive on the night.

He held his position at right-back pretty well and also made exciting attacking runs throughout the game, something which United fans have craved from their full-backs from quite some time.

2. VAR and a newly added rule controversial yet again

David Coote
VAR controversy continues | Alex Livesey/Getty Images

VAR – plus an amendment in the penalty rule handed things in Manchester United's favour after Mata’s cross hit Darrell Furlong’s hand and Coote awarded the Red Devils with a second penalty in a matter of minutes. Fernandes’s trademark hop style shot was saved by Johnstone, but he was a yard off his line before the ball was struck. This meant that the penalty had to be retaken and Bruno slotted that one home.

3. Johnstone impressive on the night but West Brom unlucky

Sam Johnstone saving Bruno Fernandes' first penalty which was retaken later
Sam Johnstone saving Bruno Fernandes' first penalty which was retaken later | Pool/Getty Images

Former United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone came up with six crucial saves to keep West Brom in the game throughout the 90 minutes.

Callum Robinson too was extremely unlucky as his effort crashed of David De Gea's crossbar.

With this win, Manchester United moved ninth on the Premier League table with 13 points and they will have a game in hand over the teams above them after this gameweek.