Manchester United picked a victory on Sunday just after West Bromwich Albion stepped up to give a scare to Jose Mourinho’s men, who sealed three points with a 2-1 victory.
United were 2-0 up at half-time before a shabby 2nd half performance saw the Baggies get one back and make the tie interesting in the final quarter of the match.
Gareth Barry scored his first goal in 15 months, with goalkeeper David de Gea hardly tested in the game. But an incident involving the two moments later drew some liveliness and controversy on the pitch.
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The Spaniard held on to a corner after West Brom nearly caused trouble once again, and with traffic surrounding De Gea, Barry appeared to stamp on him deliberately. De Gea got up and confronted the former Manchester City player as he withered in pain.
United fans were angry with the veteran midfielder, and vented out their disagreement on the way Barry handled the situation after being guilty with the stamp.
Gareth Barry better get retrospectively charged for the stamp on De Gea
disgraceful animal of a football player
— Daniel Marsh (@Wiseman_14) December 17, 2017
Will the @FA take action against Barry for that deliberate stamp on De Gea? Clearly stamps on him, then leaves his weight on.
— The Professional (@Devil_Red_1878) December 17, 2017
Jose Mourinho’s side needed this win, as it moves them within 11 points of runaway leaders Manchester City. In a match where there wasn’t much on offer, the 3 points are all that matter for the Old Trafford unit at the moment.
With Paul Pogba set to come back after a three-match suspension, Jose’s side will be bolstered by the Frenchman’s presence. United face a trip to Leicester on the weekend, as the heavy duty of the festive period is set to grace all the teams.
Written by Rajdeep Saha
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