It took Manchester United until the dying moments of the match to score the game-winner to get 3 points away at West Ham with a 2-1 win. Jesse Lingard proved to be the super-sub as he was able to score the 2nd goal for United.
Lingard avenged his monumental mistake against Young Boys in United’s first Champions League game where an errant pass from Lingard gave Young Boys the late win. Manchester United stay top of the table alongside Chelsea and Liverpool with 13 points total through 5 games
Key Moments of the Game
Ronaldo’s Goal Streak Continues
West Ham went ahead in the 30th minute with a goal from Said Benrahma, but Ronaldo equalized shortly after in the 34th minute to score his 4th goal in 3 games with Manchester United.
Ronaldo’s goal came from a cross from Bruno Fernades. His first attempt at the shot was hit right at the goalie, but he was able to finish it off with a tap-in after Fabianski spilled the first shot.
Ronaldo had a couple of other chances throughout the game that should’ve been finished including a 1-on-1 with Fabianski that was saved nicely. Although Fabianski had some good saves against Ronaldo, he will need to put those chances away all season if United wants to keep their league title hopes alive.
Lingard’s Heroics Against His Former Team
Jesse Lingard spent much of last season on loan with West Ham before returning to United this season. Ole Solskjaer decided to stick with the midfielder after his mistake last game, and it paid off with a crucial game-winning goal.
Lingard’s goal came in the 89th minute with one of United’s last attacks of the game. It was a brilliant finish from Lingard as he went back post in the top corner which gave Fabianski no chance at saving it.
De Gea is Back
Goalkeeper, David De Gea, had a rough 2020 season where Dean Henderson was splitting time with him towards the end of the season. This season has proved to be much different for the Spaniard, who has saved United many times this season with some great saves.
One of those great saves came in the 95th minute when De Gea saved Mark Noble’s penalty to seal the win. He should be awarded the Man of the Match because this save regardless of Lingard’s goal would’ve saved United points.
West Ham will play Manchester United next Wednesday at 2:45 pm EST on ESPN+ for the 3rd Round of the Carabao Cup at Old Trafford.
The next league match for United will be at home at Old Trafford against 10th place Aston Villa next Saturday at 7:30 am EST. West Ham will play away at 17th place Leeds next Saturday at 10 am EST.