West Ham 1 Manchester United 0

Sunday 07 May 2023 21:16

Manchester United were beaten 1-0 away to West Ham on Sunday evening, falling to a second Premier League away defeat in four days.

The hosts took the lead inside the opening 30 minutes of the match, with Said Benrahma’s shot escaping David De Gea's clutches. 

David Moyes’s side were also subject to two disallowed goals in the second half, denying Michail Antonio and Thomas Soucek, respectively. 

The defeat means Erik ten Hag’s men remain in fourth, with fifth-placed Liverpool just a point behind, though United still have a game in hand over the Merseysiders. 
Rashford in action.

While the home side surged forward from the off, it was the Reds who carved out the first clear-cut chance inside the opening three minutes. Rashford’s driving run from inside the United half was supported by team-mate Eriksen, whose return pass to our no.10 bobbled just in front of him. Rashford’s first-time shot sailed just over the bar as a result. 

Pushing on from a bright start, United came close on a handful of occasions 15 minutes in. Both Fernandes and Antony flashed shots just wide of the post before Eriksen’s cushioned effort went over Fabianski’s goal.

Rashford, who was heavily involved throughout the opening 45, came the closest to giving us the lead. Picking the ball up down the left, he cut inside and fizzed an effort toward goal that very nearly caught West Ham’s shot-stopper off guard, only for the Mancunian to be denied by the outside of the post. 
In the approach to the half-hour mark, though, it was the hosts who took the lead through Benrahma. Despite being crowded by three of our defenders, the Algerian managed to direct his effort in the direction of De Gea’s goal. While our no.1 got a glove to it, that wasn’t enough to keep the attempt out, and the ball rolled agonisingly into the back of the net to give the Irons a first-half advantage.

Chasing the game, United pushed for an equaliser, with the best opportunity falling to Antony. The Brazilian drove towards goal before unleashing a wicked effort that took a small deflection before pinging the outside of the post and going out for a corner. 

At the other end of the pitch, De Gea denied a certain second of the evening for West Ham and Benrahma, getting down quickly to parry his effort away from goal. Their no.22 attempted to follow up with a half-volley, but it was blocked by Victor Lindelof. The home side made shouts for handball from the resulting block, but they were waved away from the referee. 
Martial was a second-half substitute, as United strove in vain for an equaliser.

Ten Hag’s men had to chase the game heading into the second 45, but it was David Moyes’s players who seriously threatened to score the second goal of the game.
Not long after the restart, the home side had the ball in the back of the net from a corner, with Antonio on target to bundle it over the line. The referee immediately pulled play back for a free-kick, though, with the Englishman adjudged to have fouled De Gea in the build-up. 

While United struggled to make much of a mark on the game, the Irons continued to carve out goalscoring opportunities. Rice was among those in the thick of things, and almost turned provider when he drove to the byline and pulled the ball back into the area, but none of his team-mates could apply a finishing touch.
Antony and Paqueta battling.
Then, for the second time on the night, West Ham were subject to a goal being disallowed. This time it was Soucek who was the culprit, having wandered just offside before heading home Lucas Paqueta’s whipped ball into the box. 

During the closing stages of the game, United at last applied serious pressure to the hosts' goal, only for Fabianski to produce several key saves. The first denied Rashford, whose thumping effort was touched over the bar. Second-half substitute Martial forced the second, after some lovely link-up play with our no.10 on the edge of the area, but the keeper was equal to his resulting shot. 

Despite a stoppage-time surge from Ten Hag’s players, we couldn’t create the decisive goalscoring opportunity to take a point.
Erik ten Hag.
West Ham XI: Fabianski; Kehrer, Ogbonna, Aguerd, Cresswell (Emerson 90+8); Soucek, Rice; Bowen, Paqueta (Downes 90+5), Benrahma (Fornals 87); Antonio (Johnson 90+5). 

Unused substitutes
: Areola, Anang, Johnson, Emerson, Lanzini, Cornet, Ings. 

Goals: Benrahma 27.

United XI: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka (Dalot 87), Lindelof, Shaw, Malacia (Fred 88); Casemiro, Eriksen (Sabitzer 74); Antony (Sancho 74), Fernandes, Rashford; Weghorst (Martial 57). 

Unused substitutes: Butland, Maguire, Williams, Garnacho. 

Bookings: Malacia 36; Wan-Bissaka 64.