West Ham United 1 Manchester United 3 – United come back from behind to win once more; Hammers rue missed first-half chances
English Premier League match report – West Ham United vs. Manchester United – Anfield – Saturday, 5 December,2020
West Ham United 1 Manchester United 3 – London Satdium
Ole Solksjaer's Manchester United produced quick three second-half goals to inflict a 1-3 defeat on West Ham United after they were down by a goal at the London stadium on Saturday.
The visitors had a couple of fortuitous escapes inside the first 30 minutes as Pablo Fornals headed into the side-netting and was then denied when his toe poke came off the woodwork and rolled into the hands of keeper Dean Henderson.
The hosts' pressure ultimately told when Declan Rice's flick from the near-post off a corner set up Tomas Soucek to bundle in from close range and give West Ham their opener in the 38th minute, The Hammers could have easily added a second in stoppage time when Sebastien Haller found himself in a one-on-one with Henderson but the striker inexplicably lost his footing just as he was about to shoot.
Anthony Martial drew a fingertip save from Lukas Fabianski and that was the only noteworthy attempt from the visitors as the game entered into the interval with the scoreline reading 0-1.
Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford who didn't start, were introduced at half-time by Solksjaer to turn the tide. But it were the hosts who went near to scoring another goal as Bowen couldn't stretch far enough to convert a tempting cross from Vladimir Coufal.
But the advent of Fernandes and Rashford did have an impact as United started taking control of the proceedings. Scott McTominay crashed his shot into the side-netting and the building pressure from the Red Devils told in the 65th minute.
A high goal-kick from Henderson that looked like going out was kept in by Fernandes on the far right flank as he essayed a ball to Paul Pogba just outside the box. The French international, coming in as a substitute, executed a vicious curler into the top corner of the net to give his side the much-needed equalizer.
Another one was quickly added 3 minutes later when Mason Greenwood brought down Alex Telles' cross off his chest, spun around and placed one precisely away from Fabianski to the far bottom corner.
Rashford could have put the game to bed in the 72nd minute, his attempt finding the woodwork as he tore into the West Ham defense. The 24-year old England striker made no mistake when he chipped one over Fabianski from substitute Juan Mata's perfectly-weighted through ball to make it 1-3 for the visitors in the 78th minute of play.
The London stadium win propelled Solksjaer's men to the 5th spot with 19 points from 10 games, 2 points behind 4th placed Leicester City's 21 but with a match in hand.
West Ham starting XI:
Fabianski (goal), Coufal, Balbuena, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Masuaku, Rice, Soucek, Bowen, Fornals, Haller.
Subs: Johnson, Lanzini, Benrahma.
Man Utd starting XI:
Henderson (goal), Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Telles, McTominay, Pogba, Greenwood, Van de Beek, Martial, Cavani.
Subs: Mata, Fernandes, Rashford.