Red Devils Drop a Pair at the Hawthorns
If any four should watch their back, it's the back four.
How obvious is that?
And yet, in the Midlands yesterday, Manchester United's defense seemed to be grappling with that concept.
West Brom Albion's Stéphane Sessègnon found enough open space in their midst to open up shop. He took a low André Wisdom cross in the opening minutes and buried it:
Marouane Fellaini pulled United back with an impressive equalizer just after the half. The Belgian's first Red Devil goal took advantage of loose Baggie marking:
United's Rafael then became one with Sunday leaguers worldwide when he was beaten by Saido Berahino for what became a 2-1 Baggie advantage. Sticks and stones, dude:
Berahino was the best player on the pitch, linking plays, running rant and rave, and scoring that goal against that in-form stopping machine, David De Gea.
But just when West Brom thought they'd stolen the game, Daley Blind jumped into the United attack during the waning minutes, scoring his first goal for the Red Devils and pulling a point back to their side of the ledger:
Manchester United were the better team of the two winning every battle in every aspect of the game, but as manager Luis van Gaal said afterwards, individual errors cost them the game.
And if he didn't think it was time to find a few more backs before, he probably does now.