Manchester United won a tricky fixture against West Ham United at the London Stadium. Lingard scored the decisive goal for the away team as United remains unbeaten in the league.
FULL-TIME West Ham 1-2 Man Utd
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Manchester United dominated possession throughout the match but West Ham looked the more dangerous team getting chances which threatened the United Box. Most of the shots were deflected or saved by United goalkeeper David De Gea. West Ham got first blood when Saïd Benrahma’s deflected shot goes in off a deflection from United defender Raphael Varane. The goalkeeper had no chance to save it at the half an hour mark.
Cristiano Ronaldo came to the rescue again, as he scored his fourth goal in three matches in his return for the old club. West Ham goalkeeper Lukas Fabianski saved the initial ball from United midfielder Bruno Fernandes but Ronaldo tapped one in from three yards to make it 1-1 at the 34th minute. The second half of the match was more eventful as there were penalty chances galore for each team. The referee Martin Atkinson, along with those in the VAR was pretty strict on these chances. The most blatant was when Ronaldo wasn’t given a penalty on two occasions. During the 76th minute, he went down at the side of the box but it wasn’t given. United was pushing hard for a second goal.
Substitute Jessie Lingard scored the second finally for United during the 88th minute, as he turned and gave a superb finish in the top corner. The player refused to celebrate as he played for West Ham last season on loan.
There was some last-minute drama as during the 90th minute, Ronaldo was on the floor but his penalty appeal was denied. Then, West Ham got a penalty when the ball hit left-back Luke Shaw’s hand. Mark Noble took the responsibility to score the equaliser for the Hammers but De Gea saved it. The match ended with a cinematic finish, as the players from United embraced their goalkeeper for the fine save he made.