Albion 1 United 1: WBA-MAD Player Ratings

Last updated : 14 February 2021 By Wba-mad Editor

Albion produced one of their best performances under Sam Allardyce after a battling 1-1 draw at The Hawthorns.

Mbaye Diange opened his Premier League account for the Baggies with a powerful header before Bruno Fernandes levelled just before the break.

Here’s who caught our eye against United.

Sam Johnstone – 8

What a fantastic save to deny United three points at the death. Was hardly called upon, but did his job when he was needed. Had little chance with United’s goal.

Lee Peltier – 6

Didn’t do too much wrong in the first half but United targeted the 34 year and saw their equaliser start down his side. May have been playing with an injury and didn’t make the second half.

Semi Ajayi – 7

Saw a crazy penalty decision go against him after the break which was rightfully overturned. His positioning was much better and make a number of important blocks to keep United out.

Kyle Bartley – 7

When Bartley has to defend with his back to goal he looks equipped for this level. Albion’s captain on the day and marshalled the backline well.

Conor Townsend – 7

Did well to keep Rashford quiet and was often left exposed with little help from Pereira. Tried to get forward as much as possible and sent a couple of good crosses into the United box.

Okay Yokuslu – 7

A really solid start from the Turkish midfield. Some lovely touches on the ball. Provided something that we haven’t had all season: a defensive midfielder who can break up play.

Conor Gallagher – 7

The guy must drink two litres of Coca Cola before each game he has that much energy. Was disciplined without the ball and tried to link up with Diagne when possible.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles – 6

Will be having nightmares about his pass to Diagne when Albion were 2-on-1 in the second half. Was composed on the ball and tracked his runners to shield Albion’s defence.

Robert Snodgrass – 7

Put in so much effort to protect his defender and track Luke Shaw. Didn’t have any impact offensively, but almost scored with a first-half header.

Matheus Pereia – 6

Some neat touches to keep hold of the ball, but wasted a number of set pieces with really poor deliveries. Left Townsend exposed on a number of occasions and was moved to a more central role with ten minutes to go.

Mbaye Diange – 8* MOTM

Scored a thumping header early on but must be wondering how he only scored one against United. Just like Okay, showed exactly what Albion have been missing up front all season. A proper centre forward who is getter better with each game.

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