West Ham United 1-2 Manchester United Match Review: Five Talking Points
Jesse Lingard scores 90th-minute winner, and David de Gea saves stoppage-time penalty to snatch three points for Manchester United in a hard-fought against West Ham United.
David de Gea and Jesse Lingard were the match heroes as they delivered in the most stylish way. The Hammers found a breakthrough in the 30th minute courtesy of a deflection off Raphael Varane after a fine strike, Said Benrahma.
However, Manchester United bounced back with Cristiano Ronaldo, equalizing from a close-range finish. It looked like both the teams had to settle for a draw until Jesse Lingard's strike went straight into the top right corner.
Although there was more drama, minutes later, Ronaldo was denied a late penalty, and West Ham got a chance from the spot in the 95th minute after Luke Shaw handball inside the box. De Gea right prediction saved the penalty and earned them a hard-fought three points.
With this in mind, let's have a look at 5 talking points from the match between West Ham and Manchester United.
1. Lingard Redemption with a winning goal
A few days later, Lingard was highly criticized after his back pass in the Champions League, which led to a second goal, as Young Boys stunned United 2-1.
However, last night he came as a substitute and scored a sublime goal to help United get three points.
2. Ronaldo firing on all cylinders since his debut
Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored four goals in three games for the Red Devils across all competition. The Portuguese has been unstoppable and always steps up the plate when the team needs him the most.
After Benrahma's goal, minutes later, Ronaldo leveled the score after a fine cross from Bruno, which met Ronaldo, who confidentially tapped in to keep United in the game.
3. De Gea penalty save wins Man United three points
David De Gea had come under scrutiny in recent seasons for his performances and occasional mistakes. However, he proved his critics wrong and saved the most important kick of the game after diving the right way and denying Mark Noble.
After the full-time whistle, De Gea was praised by his teammates, and it was well deserved as he helped United get three points and was the game's hero.
4. Man United still not ready for the big clash
Man United did win the game but displayed a sub-par performance; West Ham United created some great chances. If it weren't for their finish, West Ham United would have scored 3-4 goals in yesterday's match against Manchester United. However, the hammers exploited their defense, and their fast movement proved too much for the Red Devils.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should question his tactics and deploy players who will give their 100%. United lacked the cutting edge to finish off their chances; in 10 shots, only 2 were on target. However, he brought Sancho and Lingard with only 20 minutes remaining on the clock.
Man United should prepare themselves, or they will be outclassed against teams like Chelsea, Liverpool, or Man City.
5. Liverpool, Chelsea and Man United level on points
Man United sits third in the table in a goal difference; on the other hand, Liverpool and Chelsea continue their fine form.
Chelsea and Liverpool are on another level as both the teams have conceded only once in their last five games. It will be a testing game for United when they come across Liverpool or Chelsea.