Who was Man of the Match against West Ham?

Sunday 19 September 2021 16:52

Manchester United beat West Ham United 2-1 at the London Stadium in a tense encounter in the capital.

Jesse Lingard came off the bench against the club where he performed so well on loan last term and curled a beauty into the top corner of the net. There was still time, after Cristiano Ronaldo was inexplicably denied two penalties, for Mark Noble to have a spot-kick saved at the death after VAR decided Luke Shaw's handball in the box needed reviewing.

Ronaldo had earlier cancelled out the opening goal by Said Benrahma in the first half.

Who was our Man of the Match against the Hammers?poll

Who was our Man of the Match against the Hammers?

The Reds slipped behind in unfortunate circumstances as Benrahma's shot deflected in off Raphael Varane to wrong-foot David De Gea. Thankfully, the response was an excellent one and it was no surprise when Ronaldo netted, at the second attempt, after being picked out inside the area by Bruno Fernandes.

Despite pressure in the second half, and a controversial moment when Cristiano Ronaldo appeared to be tripped by Vladimir Coufal inside the area but no penalty was forthcoming, it remained 1-1 until Lingard netted a cracker with a minute of normal time remaining. There was still time for Ronaldo to be denied another stone-wall penalty and Noble to have his spot-kick saved in the dying seconds by David De Gea.

De Gea came out on top in our poll on the Official App and ManUtd.com after his match-winning intervention in the dying seconds, earning 63 per cent of votes cast.

The Spaniard's stop and a calm display, which also featured a stop from Jarrod Bowen in the first half, were enough to earn a second star-man accolade of the campaign, after he was also crowned our best performer in the win at Wolves.

Ronaldo finished second (19%) with Lingard in third spot (8%). 

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