Baggies sunk by two second-half goals
* United grab points with double after break
* McAuley sent off late on
* Evans, Sessegnon shine in defeat
* Albion Man of the Match: Jonny Evans
* Attendance: 75,410
Albion had Gareth McAuley sent off in the closing minutes of a fruitless trip to Old Trafford today.
Trailing to a 51st minute goal from Jesse Lingaard, Albion’s hopes were killed off when McAuley brought down Anthony Martial in a 90th minute counter-attack which enabled Juan Mata to score from the spot.
It was a bitter end to a contest which for the first part at least saw Albion on course to repeat last season’s victory at Manchester United’s stronghold.
But their vice-like defence offered up a rare opening Lingaard punished with a precision finish from the fringe of the area to put United in charge.
Albion, who had brought back a fit-again James Morrison for Saido Berahino in their one change, responded with a tactical switch which brought Rickie Lambert and Berahino into the game.
And it so nearly paid dividends with Berahino unable to take the best chance of the match on 74 minutes with a mis-timed header from Craig Dawson’s cross.
It was a cruel outcome for Jonny Evans, who was magnificent in his first return to his former club, while Stephane Sessegnon again shone as the pick of Albion’s forward players.
Manchester United: De Gea; Young (Jones 62), Smalling, Blind, Rojo (Borthwick-Jackson 76); Carrick, Schweinsteiger; Lingard, Mata, Martial; Rooney (Herrera 82).
Subs not used: Romero, Schneiderlin, Pereira, Memphis.
Booked: Rojo (61, foul);
Albion: Myhill, Dawson, McAuley, Evans, Brunt (McManaman 85), Morrison (Berahino 71) Fletcher (c), Yacob, McClean, Sessegnon, Rondon (Lambert 71)
Subs not used: Lindegaard; Olsson, Chester, Gardner.
Booked: Dawson (43, foul); Rondon (60, foul); Brunt (65, foul)
Sent off: McAuley (90, foul)
Referee: Mike Dean (The Wirral).