BITTER SWEET RETURN FOR BIG SAM
Sam Johnstone was back at Old Trafford for the first time as an ex-Red to try to deny his former side victory and he certainly made a good effort of it. Johnstone, now 27, was an FA Youth Cup-winner with the Reds back in 2011 alongside Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard, but had to accept he was always facing a huge fight with David De Gea as our number one.
He went out on loan to seven clubs before finally joining the Albion on a permanent deal in July 2018. With a five/six man wall in front of him when United attacked on Saturday he was well protected, but when breached Johnstone was on hand to show just why he was rated so highly as an Academy player at Old Trafford.
After 16 minutes it looked like we would take the lead with a great move between Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes to set up Anthony Martial. The French striker should probably have given Johnstone no chance of a save but his cushioned-placed shot still needed quick reactions from the West Brom keeper with an outstretched arm.
Then came the penalty drama of a superb save only to have to face a Bruno Fernandes spot-kick again. He was beaten on the second attempt.
Nevertheless, he kept West Brom in the game to the bitter end saving incredibly from a point-blank Marcus Rashford effort and from Harry Maguire.