Semi Ajayi impresses against Manchester United and continues to make a case for himself

Semi Ajayi impresses against Manchester United and continues to make a case for himself

<p class="">Semi Ajayi was almost flawless against Manchester United at Old Trafford. </p>

<h1>Life in the Premier League for newcomers can be distressing as West Brom are finding out. No win in nine games, a league-high 18 goals conceded and 18th on the table, the Baggies are struggling at the top flight. </h1>

<p class="">There has been a gulf in qualities against opposition most of the times, but the other times, they have been just unlucky not to get a result after satisfactory performance. </p>

<p class="">It was the story again on Saturday, November 21, 2020, when they travelled to Old Trafford to face <strong>Manchester United</strong>. The game ended 1-0 to Manchester United although West Brom would have left Old Trafford with all the three points or at least a point. </p>

<p class="">They had an effort hit the post, <strong>David de Gea</strong> made a couple of good saves, and they also should have had a penalty before Manchester United took the lead via a penalty. </p>

<p class=""><strong>Conor Gallagher</strong>, <strong>Grady Diangana</strong> and stand-in captain <strong>Kyle Bartley</strong> were some of West Brom’s standout players on the night, but mention should also go to <a href="" id="e0ecab65-3753-47ad-a851-711f52d08774">Semi Ajayi</a>. </p>

<p class="">Playing from the right of a three-man defence, the Nigerian was solid again and had no problems coming up against fleet-footed <strong>Marcus Rashford </strong>and <strong>Anthony Martial</strong>. </p>

<p class="">The Nigerian showed calmness in several situations, reading the ball well and making key interceptions. With Ajayi, Bartley and <strong>Branislav Ivanović</strong>, in central defence, West Brom kept it tight in that area and made life difficult for Manchester United forwards. </p>

<p class="">The only blip in the Saturday late-kick off game was a slip late in the second half that almost gifted Martial a goal. </p>

<p class="">It took a penalty for Manchester United to score the only goal of the game, a testament to how well Ajayi and the West Brom defence fared. </p>

<p class="">Despite the fine performance at Old Trafford, West Brom are a way off most of the teams in the league in terms of quality, and this makes them one of the relegation candidates. </p>

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<p class="">Except a ridiculous turn of form happens, all West Brom players, including Ajayi, have to play for this season is to market themselves as Premier League materials. A performance like Saturday’s and Ajayi will be in the Premier League or a top division in another country next season irrespective of what happens with the Baggies. </p>



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