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- Said Benrahma’s first half strike enough for the home side to win all three points.
- David de Gea to blame as he somehow lets the Algerian’s shot squirm into the back of the net.
- West Ham now all-but safe from relegation while Manchester United face a real fight to finish inside the top four.
West Ham Player Ratings: Declan Rice covers every blade of glass for the Hammers
Lukasz Fabianski 7/10 – Didn’t have an awful lot to do but made some decent saves late on.
Thilo Kehrer 7/10 – There were concerns about him with Coufal ruled out through injury but he dealt with Rashford expertly well.
Angelo Ogbanna 7/10 – Didn’t need to do much but made an important header late on when his team needed him.
Nayef Aguerd 7/10 – Read the game well and made countless interceptions.
Aaron Creswell 7/10 – Worked hard down the left flank and made some important challenges as Antony tried to make something happen.
Declan Rice 9/10 – Worked tirelessly throughout and seemed to play everywhere in midfield.
Tomas Soucek 7/10 – Had a header ruled out for offside and dominated the middle of the park alongside Rice and Paqueta.
Lucas Paqueta 8/10 – Arguably his best performance in a West Ham shirt. Don’t think he lost the ball all night.
Jarrod Bowen 6/10 – Wasn’t in the game much with West Ham electing to attack through the middle but put in a shift defensively.
Said Benrahma 7/10 – Scored the winner but was relatively quiet besides that.
David de Gea will not want to see this one again!
Saïd Benrahma is gifted the opener of the game pic.twitter.com/5YOORsFsQ4
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 7, 2023
Michail Antonio 8/10 – Got the better of Shaw and Lindelof virtually every time the ball went up to him. Was unlucky to have a goal ruled out.
Pablo Fornals 6/10 – Was brought on late to waste time.
Flynn Downes 6/10 – Was brought on late to waste time.
Ben Johnson 6/10 – Was brought on late to waste time.
Emerson 6/10 – Was brought on late to waste time.
Manchester United Player Ratings: Yet another sluggish performance from Ten Hag’s men
David de Gea 1/10 – A shambolic performance from a man who will surely be replaced in the summer. At fault for the goal, should have conceded another when Antonio was too strong for him and his distribution was poor throughout
Aaron Wan-Bissaka 4/10 – It felt like every United attack ended when he received the ball.
Victor Lindelof 5/10 – Wasn’t United’s worst performer by a long stretch and had his hands full with Antonio. Was perhaps lucky not to concede a penalty when a ball struck his arm in the first half.
Did Man Utd get away with one just before half-time? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/sX6ZnylkxK
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 7, 2023
Luke Shaw 6/10 – Probably United’s best performer but that doesn’t mean to say he was particularly good.
Tyrell Malacia 3/10 – Looked clumsy on the ball and seemed to lack the required pace to overlap his winger.
Casemiro 6/10 – Can be relatively pleased with his performance and at least battled with Rice and Paqueta while Eriksen watched on from afar.
Bruno Fernandes 5/10 – Played out of position and United missed him in the middle of the park. Cut a frustrated figure late on.
Christian Eriksen 3/10 – Didn’t seem to be up for the fight and was lazy in possession.
Marcus Rashford 3/10 – Lost the ball on countless occasions and struggled against Kehrer all night.
Wout Weghorst 2/10 – A 2/10 is about par for Weghorst so you can’t be too disappointed with him. He just shouldn’t be in this position. If he is to be the final signing of the Glazer era, then it would be quite fitting.
Antony 5/10 – Kept trying and never shied away from the ball but he lacked support from others.
Anthony Martial 4/10 – Out of nowhere came to life in stoppage time and could have equalised. Aside from that, he was as dismal as Weghorst.
Jadon Sancho 5/10 – Came on to try and make the difference but never threatened.
Marcel Sabitzer 5/10 – Couldn’t get on the ball.
Fred 6/10 – Came on too late to make an impact.
Diogo Dalot 6/10 – Came on too late to make an impact.
West Ham vs Manchester United Match Summary and Highlights
Manchester United are now in an almighty scrap to finish inside the Premier League’s top four after slumping to their second defeat in four days away from home. After a reasonably bright start from the away side, West Ham opened the scoring after 27 minutes through Said Benrahma.
Running towards the United goal surrounded by white shirts, the Algerian took a desperate shot on goal that lacked any sort of pace, width or height. However, it somehow managed to squirm past David de Gea who inexplicably decided to dive for the ball.
The goal seemed to rattle the away side who showed very little desire to try and get back into the match. In fact, it was West Ham who came out in the second half looking like the team needing a goal and they had one softly disallowed when Antonio bumped into de Gea before putting the ball into the empty net.
Manchester United will now look forward to a rare midweek off before hosting Wolves next Saturday in a match that is unquestionably a must-win fixture for the Reds. For West Ham, they can now put all their eggs into the Europa Conference League basket with their top-flight status secured.
Player of the Match: Declan Rice
Declan Rice’s game by numbers vs. Manchester United:
100% successful take-ons (4/4) [most]
100% tackles won (2/2)
81% pass accuracy
13 ball recoveries [most]
7/9 ground duels won
4 interceptions [most]
0x dribbled past
Outstanding. 👏🏼 pic.twitter.com/PuYIpnXia9
— Dan Woffenden (@danwoff98) May 7, 2023
Declan Rice put in his best performance of the season just when his team needed it on Sunday evening. The England midfielder seemed to be everywhere and got the better of the entire United midfield throughout. While he is perhaps better known for sitting deep and breaking up play, the 24-year-old took initiative on the night and drove his team forward as he pressed high up the pitch. If this was Rice’s penultimate home league game in a West Ham shirt then he certainly made the most of it.
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