Manchester United frustrated again at home by West Brom

Jose Mourinho’s side have now drawn 11 games in the top flight – more than any other side and including eight at home – and are in fifth place, four points behind rivals Manchester City.

West Bromwich Albion’s Craig Dawson, left, tries to block Manchester United’s Anthony Martial during their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Saturday April 1, 2017. (Martin Rickett/PA via AP)


Striker Marcus Rashford forcing Baggies keeper Ben Foster into two stunning, full-stretch saves was the closest the hosts came to a goal.

United dominated possession as West Brom sat back with all 11 men behind the ball, but managed to carve open just one clear-cut opportunity in the first half, Anthony Martial’s close-range header drifting wide.

The impressive Marouane Fellaini dragged a shot off target in the second period and Henrikh Mkhitaryan came close with a chipped effort.

David de Gea spilled Darren Fletcher’s long-range strike onto the crossbar, West Brom’s best chance in the encounter.

Meanwhile, Chelsea’s lead at the top of the Premier League was cut to seven points after they suffered a shock home defeat by Crystal Palace and Tottenham beat Burnley yesterday.

Antonio Conte’s side had won their past 10 league games at Stamford Bridge and had not lost there in any competition since 16 September, but saw that run ended by a battling Eagles side.

The Blues struck first, when Cesc Fabregas turned home Eden Hazard’s cross after five minutes, but they were quickly behind.

Wilfried Zaha turned to fire home from the edge of the box with a fine solo finish and, seconds later, set up Christian Benteke to put Palace ahead with a delicate dinked effort.

Chelsea piled on the pressure but could find no way past Eagles keeper Wayne Hennessey, who made 11 saves in total to ensure his side won a fourth successive game. AGENCIES