Van Persie Misses Penalty As West Brom Pip United

Manchester United suffered a third consecutive defeat as West Brom moved a step closer to Premier League safety.
United dominated possession, but went behind midway through the second half when Chris Brunt’s free-kick deflected in off team-mate Jonas Olsson.
West Brom’s Boaz Myhill saved Robin van Persie’s penalty after Saido Berahino’s handball in the area.
Van Persie, who missed a penalty in the game, came close late on, but Louis van Gaal’s side are now just four points above fifth-placed Liverpool.
The Baggies have now reached 40 points, the mark considered to be enough to survive in the top flight, and they did it with a resolute performance that secured a second successive win at Old Trafford.
For United boss Van Gaal, who had questioned his side’s commitment in last week’s 3-0 loss by Everton, this was a third straight game without a goal, and it may allow Liverpool to believe they can chase down their rivals and steal the fourth Champions League qualifying spot.


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