Match Report: West Ham United Vs Manchester United
A hardworking performance ended in disappointment for West Ham as Mark Noble’s injury time penalty was saved by David De Gea, ending in 1-2 victory for Manchester United on Sunday. A late winner from Jesse Lingard preceded the West Ham penalty; taking United joint-top of the table with Liverpool.
Both teams began the game cautiously. West Ham remained organised and compact in the midfield while the Red Devils dominated possession, attempting to attack down the flanks. Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes were the pick of the visitors’ players in the first half, with the latter coming close in the 26th minute owing to a blistering half-volley saved by Lukas Fabianski off a corner. However, against the run of play, a quick build-up led to a favourable outcome for West Ham in the 30th minute as Said Benrahma’s attempt from outside the box deflected of Raphael Varane to hit the back of the net. United equalised just four minutes later after Fabianski failed to keep hold of the ball of a Ronaldo header resulting in the Portuguese capitalizing on the West Ham goalkeeper’s mistake.
The visitors came out energetic in the second half, dominating possession and creating chances on the box. Meanwhile, West Ham defended deep and launched successive counter-attacks. With 30 minutes until full-time, both teams struggled to break the other down, however, defending well inside their box. West Ham savoured a spell of possession and pressured United in the final quarter, however, failing to create chances in the box.
David Moyes brought on Andriy Yarmolenko and Manuel Lanzini in pursuit of a second goal while United subbed on Jadon Sancho and Jesse Lingard and Nemanja Matic in search of the same. Following a turnover in position, Matic’s piercing pass led to Lingard receiving the ball in the penalty box before the Englishman produced a silky finish in the top-corner of the net in the 88th minute. However, when all seemed to end well for the visitors, a late penalty decision, following an unfortunate hand-ball incident by Luke Shaw, in favour of West Ham led to an opportunity for the hosts to grab an equaliser in the final kick of the game. Nevertheless, a brilliant save by De Gea denied Mark Noble the opportunity to make the headlines as United emerged with the spoils of victory at the London Stadium.
West Ham, once again, face Manchester United in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday before they travel to Elland Road facing Leeds United next weekend. United host Aston Villa in the Premier League next weekend.