15/04/2018 17:52, Report by Stuart Mathieson
Premier League | Old Trafford | Attendance: 75,095 | Scorers: Rodriguez 73
Manchester United were brought back down to earth after the high-octane drama of the Manchester derby as the Reds were stunningly beaten at Old Trafford by relegation favourites West Bromwich Albion.
Jose Mourinho’s men had deliciously put the brakes on Manchester City’s crowning as the 2017/18 Premier League champions last Saturday at the Etihad Stadium but, against the almost doomed Albion, they handed the title to the Blues, with Jay Rodriguez scoring the winner.
Old Trafford was numb after this disappointing defeat so soon after the delights of the derby triumph. Few would have predicted this. After the thrills of United’s sensational second-half comeback in the derby it was a more sedate start by the Reds against the Premier League’s bottom club.
David De Gea was worked in that slow opening. After Ander Herrera was dispossessed in the 11th minute, Albion broke and the counter-attack saw Jake Livermore attempt to curl in a low shot past De Gea. The Spaniard, as so often, was equal to the effort as he got down to get his left glove on the attempt to steer it away from goal.
United finally settled and appealed for an 18th minute penalty when Herrera appeared to be up-ended by Craig Dawson. Referee Paul Tierney, officiating at Old Trafford for the first time,…