West Brom Takes Down Manchester United 1-0

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Manchester United’s fourth place hopes were dealt a blow as they suffered a 1-0 defeat at West Brom Sunday, during which Juan Mata was sent off.

  • The 27-year-old Mata received two yellow cards in quick succession in the first half, both involving former United midfielder Daren Fletcher — one for blocking Fletcher’s quick free-kick and one for clipping his heels.

 

  • Referee Mike Dean was quick in producing each card for the offenses.

 

  • But Louis van Gaal said Dean should have considered Mata’s character before sending him off.

 

  • United played 10-men for over an hour in Sunday’s game at The Hawthorns and held out until the 66th minute when their resistance was broken by a Salomon Rondon goal.

 

  • The defeat keeps them three points behind fourth-placed Manchester City in the Premier League.
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