It’s back to the drawing board for Manchester United, after a disappointing defeat against West Brom at the Hawthorns this afternoon.
Salomon Rondon’s second-half goal ensured that the Baggies would walk away with all three points after Juan Mata had been sent off in the first-half for a second bookable offence.
The Reds came into this game full of confidence after four wins on the bounce, but all that evaporated after the Spaniard was sent off by Mike Dean midway through the first-half. The first booking was for blocking Darren Fletcher’s free-kick and the second was for scything down the Scotsman on the edge of the Baggies area.
For a moment, the Reds looked to be playing better than they did with eleven men, but West Brom turned the game on its head with Rondon’s winner. The Venezuelan lost Daley Blind in the box and had plenty of time to put the ball past David de Gea and give the Baggies the victory.
Today’s loss puts United three points back from Manchester City in fourth, with West Ham overhauling the Reds into fifth after their come-from-behind victory against Everton on Saturday.
Here are four things we learned from today’s game: