West Ham United suffered a 1-3 defeat against Manchester United at London Stadium, in front of their fans who had returned for the first time in nine months. Manchester United came back from behind again to continue their 9-match away-win streak on Saturday evening.
After the win, Manchester United are back in the top 4 of the English Premier League, just a point above the derby rival. West Ham is not far behind though. They are currently 7th with 17 points in 11 games.
We were able to see a resurgent Paul Pogba who has been struggling with his form and how the team’s performance changed after the arrival of Bruno Fernandes. West Ham United has been solid and will be taking a lot of positives from the result.
West Ham 1-3 Manchester United Team News:
There was only one change made to David Moyes’ team and that was only for an enforced injury. Michail Antonio was replaced by Sebastien Haller upfront.
For Manchester United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made 4 changes to his team that faced PSG in the Champions League.
Dean Henderson replaced David De Gea in goal. The other changes were Fred who was missing from the squad for tactical reasons, Rashford who had a shoulder knock, and Fernandes who was rested for the big game ahead. They were replaced by Pogba, Mason Greenwood, and Van De Beek.
The first half was misfortunes and lousy performances. West Ham had plenty of chances to finish off the game in the first half itself. They started the game really well with repeated attacks. The first chance came as early in the 2nd minute which was blocked by Dean excellently. Bowen’s incredible finish was ruled out by VAR for offside within the 10 minutes.
Manchester was having most of the ball but it was West Ham who was looking dangerous on goal. Bowen’s incredible solo run saw his attempt go in the hands of the goalkeeper after hitting the post. 3 minutes to that, the deadlock was broken.
Rice headed the ball superbly to Soucek who was completely unmarked and tapped in the goal without any trouble. Right after the goal, there was another great chance to finish off the game. Haller had a one on one chance with one too many touches, and just as he was about to shoot, he slipped and Dean caught it without any hassle. Another such chance was seen tackled off flawlessly by Wan Bissaka.
The second half was all about Bruno Fernandes. At the start of the second half, Bruno and Rashford came in for De Beek and Cavani. Ole was expecting not to use them but was compelled to do so for a positive result. And it worked.
Rashford’s presence was a boost in the left flank with his continuous run-ins. Bruno commanded the midfield with his mentality. Martial was completely off and his limping of with a groin injury came as a blessing in disguise after Juan Mata was introduced.
The first goal came in from a spectacular strike from Pogba, assisted by Bruno, that saw the ball curve in the far post, impossible for any goalkeeper to reach. There was VAR involved for a possible outside when Dean cleared the ball that eventually ended up in the net.
3 minutes later, the comeback was completed with a perfect striker’s finish from Mason Greenwood. Rashford had the chance to put the game to bed when another one of Bruno’s through ball saw his attempt hit the post. The next chance was not wasted by him when Mata provided an incredible ball. West Ham then had not many chances. Only a free-kick was tipped off incredibly by Dean.
West Ham (1-3) Manchester United Player Performance Analysis:
Bruno Fernandes (8/10) (MOTM) – He again proved his importance in the team by notching up an assist and commandeering the midfield. Ole won’t be dropping him again.
Paul Pogba (7/10) – He was little rusty at first, but he showed that he can deliver. A rocket of a goal from him was the start of United’s comeback.
Mason Greenwood (7/10) – like everyone says, once he enters the 18-yard box, one can only watch the ball go to the back of the net. He scored a proper strikers finish and was looking threatening whenever he got the ball.
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