West Ham United 1-3 Manchester United: Guests come from behind once more

West Ham United 1-3 Manchester United: Guests come from behind once more

Mason Greenwood
Manchester United have gained a league-high 15 factors from shedding positions this season

Manchester United responded to their midweek Champions League defeat by Paris St-Germain by staging one other Premier League fightback to beat West Ham United and climb to fourth within the desk.

Targets from Paul Pogba, Mason Greenwood and substitute Marcus Rashford turned issues round for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s facet, who’ve fallen behind in all 5 away video games this time period however have gained each match as a part of a club-record 9 successive away league victories.

With London positioned in Tier 2 following the top of the nationwide lockdown on 2 December, the Hammers grew to become the primary facet to welcome again followers within the Premier League after a nine-month absence.

David Moyes’ facet made by far the higher begin and have been rewarded for his or her first-half superiority when the unmarked Tomas Soucek headed in from a nook after 38 minutes.

They need to have added extra earlier than the interval, however Pablo Fornals hit the publish and Sebastien Haller slipped on the essential second after rounding goalkeeper Dean Henderson – who was making his first Premier League begin for the guests.

After being omitted with a vital Champions League assembly with RB Leipzig looming on Tuesday, the introduction of Bruno Fernandes and Rashford coincided with a much-improved second-half show from Solskjaer’s facet.

Pogba’s wonderful end from exterior the field finally stood following a VAR assessment to test whether or not Henderson’s lengthy clearance to Rashford had curled out of play after which again in.

Rashford’s cool end after Greenwood had slotted in from Alex Telles’ cross made it three targets in 13 minutes as United moved two factors behind leaders Tottenham.

One other story of two halves for United

This was nothing new for Manchester United below Solskjaer as they performed poorly and went behind however as soon as once more discovered a approach to win on the street.

Together with his facet’s Champions League destiny set to be determined within the midweek journey to Leipzig – the place some extent is required to achieve the final 16 – Solskjaer’s resolution to depart Fernandes and Rashford on the bench initially backfired.

Henderson, Pogba, Donny van de Beek and Greenwood all made begins in 4 adjustments to the 3-1 defeat by PSG, but regardless of their recent legs United made a lacklustre begin.

They have been lucky to not discover themselves greater than 1-0 behind on the interval, Henderson doing properly to smother Fornals’ close-range shot contained in the opening two minutes and Aaron Wan Bissaka recovering brilliantly to cease Jarrod Bowen on the counter assault.

It was removed from unfamiliar territory for Solskjaer’s facet, who’ve now gained a league-high 15 factors from shedding positions this season.

Rashford and Fernandes made a marked distinction to United’s attacking play and general confidence after half-time, nevertheless it was Pogba’s great first-time strike into the highest nook to revive parity.

United dominated from that second, Greenwood scoring for the primary time in eight league video games after an excellent contact and end whereas Rashford finally received the purpose his influence deserved after earlier hitting the publish.

A fourth straight league victory doesn’t inform the total story for an inconsistent United facet, nevertheless it was a much-needed increase earlier than a vital week which additionally features a Manchester derby subsequent Saturday.

Hammers aggrieved by VAR verdict

Moyes was livid that Pogba’s equaliser was allowed to face, as Henderson’s curled clearance down the best allowed Rashford to pick the France midfielder.

The video assistant referee reviewed whether or not the ball had gone out of play however the replays have been inconclusive and the purpose stood.

The previous Manchester United supervisor can even certainly lament the very fact his facet might have established a a lot better benefit as they dominated the primary half.

With three photographs every, each Fornals and Bowen registered extra makes an attempt than Manchester United’s gamers mixed in that interval, however solely Soucek’s purpose from Declan Rice’s glanced header separated the perimeters.

Bowen was the hosts’ standout performer as he steadily beat his marker and the previous Hull winger had a purpose disallowed for offside then narrowly missed from Vladimir Coufal’s low cross shortly after the restart.

Fornals hit the publish whereas Haller misplaced his footing with the purpose gaping after rounding Henderson because the Hammers did not take the possibilities that might have made the sport protected earlier than the break.

That might have been properly acquired by the returning house followers, who have been again for the primary time since 29 February, when a primary league win in two months – preceded by protests in opposition to the membership’s board – hauled Moyes’ struggling facet out of the relegation locations.

Their facet is undoubtedly in higher form regardless of this defeat as they sit seventh within the standings after a gap schedule which has included video games in opposition to all however Chelsea of final season’s high eight.

‘The ball went over my head on the touchline’ – what the managers stated

West Ham boss David Moyes, talking to Sky Sports activities about Manchester United’s first purpose: “I believed we performed very properly. The one cause we received stretched was a poor resolution. The ball went over my head on the touchline – there was no-one in a greater place to see it than me.

“The linesman is claiming he did not see it. It was a poor resolution. The ball was out of play, the gamers’ response offers one of the best ways to take a look at it and all our gamers knew it was out of play as properly. [After that] we turned off. It actually gave us a foul feeling from that disappointment.”

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, talking to BBC Sport: “You’ve an obligation to be prepared when you find yourself known as upon. Bruno [Fernandes] and Marcus [Rashford] got here on and did properly.

“Mason [Greenwood] is a superb finisher. We’re simply ready for his season to get began. He’s getting fitter. The primary purpose as properly was top of the range from Paul Pogba. Focus, head and knee over the ball. I’m so joyful for him.

“We received away with a poor efficiency. Away from house we now have character and perception. 5 occasions on the bounce to return from behind and win is phenomenal.”

Premier League comeback kings – the stats

  • Manchester United have now gained extra factors from shedding positions than some other staff in Premier League historical past (385).
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s facet have gained their first 5 away video games in a league marketing campaign for the primary time since 1985-86.
  • They’re solely the second facet in Premier League historical past to attain two or extra targets in 9 consecutive away video games, after Leeds United in April 2001.
  • All three of Manchester United’s substitutes – Rashford, Fernandes and Mata – have been straight concerned in a purpose. It’s simply the second time that has occurred for them in a Premier League recreation.
  • West Ham have dropped extra factors from successful positions in 2020 than some other staff within the Premier League (19). Manchester United have gained essentially the most factors (22) on this interval.
  • This was the fourth time West Ham have confronted Manchester United in a Premier League recreation whereas being above them within the desk, however they’ve did not win any of these video games.
  • Since his debut in February, Bruno Fernandes has been straight concerned in 36 targets in 38 video games in all competitions for Manchester United (22 targets, 14 assists).
  • His team-mate Mason Greenwood has scored 20 targets in all competitions because the begin of final season, twice as many as some other Premier League teenager.

What’s subsequent?

Manchester United journey to RB Leipzig of their remaining Champions League group match on Tuesday at 20:00 GMT. They then host derby rivals Manchester Metropolis on Saturday (17:30).

West Ham United are away to Leeds United on Friday (20:00).

Participant of the match

Bruno FernandesBruno Fernandes

West Ham United

  1. Squad quantity20Participant titleBowen

  2. Squad quantity28Participant titleSoucek

  3. Squad quantity41Participant titleRice

  4. Squad quantity3Participant titleCresswell

  5. Squad quantity1Participant titleFabianski

  6. Squad quantity26Participant titleMasuaku

  7. Squad quantity18Participant titleFornals

  8. Squad quantity21Participant titleOgbonna

  9. Squad quantity4Participant titleBalbuena

  10. Squad quantity9Participant titleBenrahma

  11. Squad quantity5Participant titleCoufal

  12. Squad quantity10Participant titleLanzini

  13. Squad quantity31Participant titleJohnson

  14. Squad quantity22Participant titleHaller

Line-ups

West Ham

  • 1Fabianski
  • 4Balbuena
  • 21Ogbonna
  • 3Cresswell
  • 5CoufalSubstituted forJohnsonat 85′minutes
  • 41Rice
  • 28Soucek
  • 26Masuaku
  • 20BowenSubstituted forLanziniat 76′minutes
  • 18FornalsSubstituted forBenrahmaat 75′minutes
  • 22Haller

Substitutes

  • 9Benrahma
  • 10Lanzini
  • 11Snodgrass
  • 16Noble
  • 23Diop
  • 31Johnson
  • 35Randolph

Man Utd

  • 26Henderson
  • 29Wan-Bissaka
  • 2Lindelöf
  • 5Maguire
  • 27Telles
  • 39McTominay
  • 6Pogba
  • 11Greenwood
  • 34van de BeekSubstituted forBruno Fernandesat 45′minutes
  • 9MartialSubstituted forMataat 62′minutes
  • 7CavaniSubstituted forRashfordat 45′minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Mata
  • 10Rashford
  • 13Grant
  • 18Bruno Fernandes
  • 31Matic
  • 33Williams
  • 38Tuanzebe

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