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Video: West Brom 1-0 Manchester United - Mata red card 'turning point' in United loss


Louis van Gaal believes a "very bad" Manchester United defeat to West Brom could have been avoided had referee Mike Dean used his discretion and not sent off Juan Mata.

United's recent resurgence was halted as a crucial week got off to a bad start at The Hawthorns, where the Spaniard's first-ever red card was key to the visitors' downfall.

Mata picked up two bookings in less than three first-half minutes and Albion capitalised after the break, with Salomon Rondon capping an impressive display with a fine strike that secured Tony Pulis' men a 1-0 win.

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