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66 min “I would love it,” says Ian Copestake, “if a ref stopped Fernandes doing his penalty hop citing ungentlemanly conduct and human rights violations.”

65 min: Robinson hits the bar with a glorious effort! Oh my. Robson-Kanu lost three players on the halfway line with a Cruyff turn (hello Belgium) and found Gallagher on the left. He gave the ball to Robinson, who whipped an extravagant curling shot from the edge of the area that beat de Gea and clattered off the bar. I think those were Robinson’s first touches of the game.

63 min “I don’t understand why that penalty against Fernandes was overturned,” says J.R. in Illinois. “Did they think there was no contact? Or did they think he got some of the ball first? As opposed to the call in the Villa game where Solly March clearly got the ball before making slight contact, the only thing I saw Fernandes make contact with was Gallagher’s shin. And though I can’t prove it, I’m not just saying that because I’m a West Brom fan. Totally bogus, man.”

He touched the ball first – only slightly, but there was a touch before he followed through into Gallagher. Whether that’s enough to overturn the decision… I haven’t a clue anymore.

62 min And United bring on Edinson Cavani for Juan Mata. Martial moves to the left and Rashford to the right.

62 min Both teams are going to make a substitution. West Brom first: Hal Robson-Kanu and Callum Robinson replace Grady Diangana and Karlan Grant.

58 min That’s twice this season that Fernandes has missed a penalty and then scored the retake. The same thing happened at PSG in the Champions League.

57 min West Brom will feel pretty aggrieved, and you can understand why. The decision against Furlong was correct under the new interpretation of the handball law, but that interpretation is horse pucky.

GOAL! Man Utd 1-0 West Brom (Fernandes 56 pen)

Fernandes scores this time, sidefooting the ball high to his left. Johnstone went the right way but couldn’t reach it.

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FERNANDES’ PENALTY IS SAVED – BUT IT WILL BE RETAKEN!

54 min Fernandes did his usual skip but Johnstone went the right way, to his left, and pushed it away. It was a brilliant stop – but replays showed that he was off his line when the kick was taken.

West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Sam Johnstone saves the first penalty attempt from Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes.

West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Sam Johnstone saves the penalty attempt from Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Images

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54 min: Penalty given.

54 min Furlong’s hand was away from his body, though he wasn’t even looking at the ball. It’s being checked by VAR. I doubt this will be overturned.

53 min: Penalty to United! This one is for handball against Furlong.

52 min: Good save by de Gea! West Brom have been the better team since half-time. A right-wing cross found its way through to Townsend beyond the far post. He controlled the ball on the chest and hit a low drive that was brilliantly saved with his legs by de Gea.

49 min Rashford’s wobbling long-range strike is palmed round acrobatically by Johnstone.

No penalty! On BT Sport, Glenn Hoddle and Peter Walton both think the decision should not have been overturned – Hoddle thought it was a foul, Walton thought it wasn’t a clear and obvious error. I can see both sides!

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The referee David Coote is going across to look at the monitor. This is very similar to the one that was overturned in the Villa game this afternoon.

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Bruno Fernandes has been penalised for a tackle on Conor Gallagher. I thought he got the ball, and it’s being checked by VAR.

Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes appeals to referee David Coote after a penalty was awarded for his foul on West Bromwich Albion’s Conor Gallagher .

Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes appeals to referee David Coote after a penalty was awarded for his foul on West Bromwich Albion’s Conor Gallagher . Photograph: Catherine Ivill/NMC Pool/AFP/Getty Images

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PENALTY TO WEST BROM!

46 min Peep peep! West Brom begin the second half. If they’re not very careful, they could end up winning this game.

“Evening Rob,” says Neil Carter. “No BT Sport so following the blog whilst watching Strictly (whilst keeping an eye on the Strictly blog). Saturdays are strange these days mate, much like a Manchester United home performance. My God it’s tedious. I literally don’t know what to say any more other than this doesn’t surprise me at all [pours another G&T].”

The one thing I don’t understand about games like these is the absence of van de Beek.

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Half time: Man Utd 0-0 West Brom

Peep peep! Another 45 minutes of frustration for Manchester United. Sam Johnstone made one outstanding save and one decent one, both from Anthony Martial, but that aside United struggled against a dogged West Brom defence. See you in 10 minutes for the second half.

45 min One minute of added time.

42 min: Chance for Bartley! Gallagher’s inswinging corner is headed onto the roof of the net by Bartley. It was a really clever effort – he was facing away from goal, under pressure from Maguire, so he improvised a backheader that almost sneaked in the net. United fans have seen that one before.

Kyle Bartley of West Bromwich Albion (second left) sees his header just go over the bar.

Kyle Bartley of West Bromwich Albion (second left) sees his header just go over the bar. Photograph: Robbie Jay Barratt/AMA/Getty Images

West Bromwich Albion’s Kyle Bartley reacts after a missed header at goal.

Bartley reacts after his close effort. Photograph: Martin Rickett/Reuters

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41 min The confident Gallagher does well to find Diangana on the edge of the area. His shot hits Wan-Bissaka and deflects behind for a corner.

40 min West Brom are really well organised defensively. They are limited, we know that, but their spirit is admirable. I don’t think they’re nailed on to be relegated.

39 min “Looking through all the old Twin Peaks vids now,” says Bill Hargreaves. “That’s happening again. Seemingly wide open league this year. Please that’s being returned to, too.”

I think Liverpool will retain the title it at a canter, though I would love Jose Mourinho to win it and turn his acceptance speech into a breathless five-hour score-settler.

38 min Telles threatens to get round the back for the first time in the match, but Ajayi recovers well and forces him away from goal.

36 min Fernandes’s corner flashes across the face of goal and eventually reaches Maguire, whose stinging volley flattens Kyle Bartley. It hit him straight in the coupon. I think Maguire’s shot was going in, although there was probably a push from Maguire on Ivanovic just beforehand.

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34 min It’s now five hours since United scored a league goal at Old Trafford. In that time they also beat Leipzig 5-0 in the Champions League. I have no idea.

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