Manchester United 0-1 West Brom: 3 things that went wrong for the Red Devils
Manchester United slumped to a 1-0 defeat to relegation battlers West Brom at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Jay Rodriguez pounced on a bad clearance from Nemanja Matic following a corner kick in the 73rd minute to hand the Baggies a much-required lead. Caretaker manager Darren Moore was obviously pretty pleased with the win as his side put in an astute defensive display in the dying minutes of the game.
The win also confirmed Manchester City as the Premier League winners. Jose Mourinho's side went from beating the best in the league to losing against the worst team in the division.
So, what went wrong for the Red Devils? Let's have a look.
#3 Lack of aggression
Manchester United took to the field expecting to extend their league winning streak to 6 games in a row. Well, they did beat Chelsea Liverpool and Manchester City in the previous five games and were obviously brimming with confidence. However, the style of play was far from what the fans would've expected.
In spite of enjoying the maximum amount of possession during the 90 minutes, Mourinho's men delivered monotonous football, incurring the wrath of the United faithful. They lacked the required flair and cutting edge up front and failed to deliver the required results in the end.
They started the first 45 minutes on a sloppy note, with the desire to score goals visibly missing as they played. On an individual level, the likes of Pogba, Sanchez and Lukaku failed to produce the spark and unlock West Brom's stellar defence. The substitutions of Martial and Lingard did little to improve the conditions.
Apart from the results, the quality of football at Old Trafford has fallen; an issue that needs to be addressed soon.
Mourinho's defensive-minded philosophy has been fairly brilliant at times, but ineffective in a considerable number of games. The Portuguese gaffer needs to rethink his ways if he wishes to win silverware with the club and live up to the expectations of the United faithful.