Bruno Fernandes saves point for listless Manchester United at West Brom

Given the magnitude of the task, a point isn’t much – but it is something. A small step has been taken towards salvation but more important perhaps is the sense that this was something for West Brom to build on. It would still take something extraordinary for them to survive – something that would eclipse the great escape of 2004-05 – but this was a performance to suggest it is not wholly inconceivable.

They will look at the two chances Mbaye Diagne spurned in the final quarter of an hour and wonder what might have been. But then Harry Maguire had a header pushed against the post by Sam Johnstone in injury time, so their point could equally have been snatched from them. For United, a draw at the team second-bottom in the table perhaps doesn’t feel too different to a defeat anyway. With just one win in their last five league games, the prospect of a serious title charge seems increasingly distant.

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