Paul Pogba

Talking Points: West Ham v United

Saturday 05 December 2020 20:09

Manchester United may have fallen behind against West Ham at the London Stadium, but the Reds produced yet another superb comeback.

A poor first half was followed up by a fifth straight comeback win away from home. Paul Pogba smashed in the equaliser, before Mason Greenwood showed what he was all about with a lethal half-volley on the turn. Substitute Marcus Rashford settled the game shortly after with another superb United strike.

The match had plenty of talking points and we've listed some of them here…

Report: West Ham 1 United 3 article

Ole's men come from behind yet again in a thrilling revival at the London Stadium.

AWAY RUN EXTENDED

Last time out, against Southampton, United secured a club record with eight straight away wins in the Premier League; this run is now nine with Saturday’s result. This was also the fifth consecutive game Ole’s men had fallen behind away from home, but once again we came out of top. United have now picked up 15 points from losing positions. We never say die!

POGBACK

Paul Pogba made his first Premier League start for over a month in the capital and it was the Frenchman's sublime second-half strike which got the Reds back in the game. The 27-year-old has struggled with injuries of late, but he was influential after the break and he rifled in United’s equaliser midway through the second half with a powerful long-range effort.

TEENAGER HITS 20 MARK

Mason Greenwood started his second consecutive Premier League game and paid back Ole’s trust in him with a brilliant goal to send United in front at the London Stadium. A cross from the left from Alex Telles was excellently controlled by the 19-year-old before he smashed the Reds in front just three minutes after Pogba's equaliser. The goal was his 20th United strike - congratulations, Mason!

OLE’S SUPER SUBS

For the first time since his January arrival, Bruno Fernandes was named on the bench for a Premier League game, with Ole keen to give our Portuguese magnifico a mini breather. Up to this point, in his 23-game starting league run, he had scored 15 goals and provided 10 assists. As the first half went on at the London Stadium you didn't think it would be too long before Bruno made his entrance. He and Marcus Rashford joined the action at the start of the second half and Bruno once again showed his importance as he set up Pogba for the equaliser. Then, for United’s third goal which settled the game, all of Ole’s substitutes combined. Fernandes found fellow sub Juan Mata in the centre circle and it was his vision and precise pass which put Marcus Rashford one-on-one with Lukas Fabianski. Our no.10 was as cool as you like and dinked in to make it 3-1.
FANS MAKE THEIR RETURN

For the first time since March, fans were back at Premier League grounds this weekend. With West Ham's London Stadium in an area in Tier 2, it meant 2,000 Hammers fans cheered on their team. Let’s hope fans will be back at Old Trafford very soon.

HENDERSON’S FIRST LEAGUE START

After making his league debut for United against Southampton last weekend, Dean Henderson enjoyed his first Premier League start for the Reds against West Ham. The Academy product came in for David De Gea, who was left out of the squad as a precaution following the recent injury he sustained at St Mary's last weekend. This was Henderson's fifth appearance for the club since he returned from his loan spell at Sheffield United and the 23-year-old once again impressed. He pulled of several strong saves, particularly from Aaron Cresswell’s free-kick in the second half, and was also crucial in the build-up to our equaliser with a long ball. 

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