The Red Devils find themselves in fourth place after a hard fought match against a well drilled West Ham. Old Trafford was buzzing for what would be a stiff challenge for Ralph Rangnick’s team. The German made one change from the line up that beat Brentford mid week, with Harry Maguire starting for Victor Lindlehof. Anthony Elanga’s excellent performances meant the teenager kept his starting spot on the left ahead of Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford. The win meant United take West Ham’s spot in 4th place for at least a little bit with Arsenal and Tottenham still to play on Sunday.
The First half was a cagey affair with both teams having some decent spells of possession. United did have the better of the chances in the first half with Cristiano Ronaldo coming just inches away after a lovely cross from his Portugese teammate Bruno Fernandes. Towards the end of the first half Ronaldo did have a shout for a penalty not given by referee Jon Moss. Moss thought that Kurt Zouma’s push in the back on Ronaldo was legal. The half ended evenly with both teams not having a shot on target. The match had the makings of a nil nil, draw with United struggling to break down the Hammers well drilled defense.
The second half saw both teams starting strong again with both have a shot on goal in the first ten minutes. United’s first shot on goal came early in the second half. Fred would get on the end of a ball that took a lucky bounce in West Ham’s box. Fred had enough time to settle the ball then hit a powerful shot on goal. Alphonse Areola, making his debut as West Ham’s keeper, was able to get a strong hand to it and put it out for a corner. In the 54th minute, from a West Ham corner, Jarrod Bowen would see his half volley hit the side netting. Raphael Varane would come close next. His free header in the box from a Alex Telles corner went just wide of goal. Despite United’s defence looking strong for most of the match, players started to tire towards the end of match.
Super Subs Get their Chance
Rangnick used all three subs bringing on Marcus Rashford for Elanga, Edinson Cavani for Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial for Fred. All three subs would end up combing in the 3rd minute of extra time to get the game winner. The much maligned Martial would lay the ball off to Cavani who was bombing down the left side of West Ham’s box. He would take a quick look up and cross the ball for Rashford to get the tap in. Old Trafford erupted in joy as United took all three points and move into fourth place.