The only goal of the match is a splendor: on the right side, Christian Eriksen combined with Bruno Fernandes, before delivering, without control, and as the ball bounced, a cross at the far post, taken over by an angry header Marcus Rashford ( 1-0, 38th). This achievement came to consecrate the overall domination of MU, which did not cease, for a little over an hour, to obtain opportunities, whether by Rashford (15th, 16th, 52nd) or Cristiano Ronaldo (15th , 62nd, 63rd). The latter, who started in the Premier League for only the third time this season, delivered a convincing performance, especially in its collective dimension.
A rather collective Ronaldo
Often criticized for his selfishness, CR7 thus made many defensive runs against the Hammers, but also sprints intended to free up space for his teammates. At the same time, another former United executive put aside by Erik ten Hag was able to seize his chance to showcase himself: Harry Maguire. The defender, who due to his underperformance and a hamstring injury had not started a Premier League game since August 13, did quite well, especially in the air and in his position, so that he was playing in an unusual position for him (right central defender).
Harry Maguire. (P. Powell/Reuters)
Long dominated, the Hammers returned to the game in the last half hour, well helped it is true by the catastrophic entry of Scott McTominay, who replaced Anthony Elanga (61st). David Moyes’ players were close to equalizing on several occasions, but David de Gea made magnificent saves, facing a shot from Michail Antonio (82nd), a header from Kurt Zouma (83rd) and a long attempt from Declan Rice (90th + 4). In the end, the Red Devils managed to maintain their advantage and win a match that allows them to earn a place in the Premier League standings (they are now fifth). West Ham, for its part, remains thirteenth.