Manchester United managed to get a narrow victory over the West Ham United, thereby keeping their top 4 dream alive. After a series of poor performances over the past month, Paul Pogba had one of his better displays, scoring two decisive penalties to get United 3 valuable points. It was not one of the best performances by the red devils, but was enough for them to close the gap to 4th placed arsenal by 2 points.
The match saw United manager Solskjaer rest his major players, keeping in mind the champions league tie against Barcelona right around the corner. United fans must be relieved to see their team win 2-1 after a shaky display. West Ham were thoroughly impressive as they looked set to pull out a massive upset over United, but luck wasn’t on their side as few mistakes and some debatable decisions cost them the game.
West ham came right out off the block from the very first minute and were pressing high up the field against a shaky United. Their effort was rewarded as Felipe Anderson put the ball behind the net only to be called offside by the assistant referee, but another look at the cameras showed Anderson was onside. United gained some composer as they won a penalty in the 19th minute, which was nervelessly converted by Paul Pogba with a surprise new run-up.
The second half saw West Ham coming aggressively at United, again, only this time their efforts were rewarded as Anderson slotted the ball home in the 49th minute. The hammers were quite aggressive in the midfield which saw them winning second balls and constantly putting pressure on a makeshift United backline.
However, the visitors were left empty-handed after Ryan Frederick’s rash tackle on Anthony Martial, allowed Paul Pogba to again convert an 80th-minute winner from the spot. The match also David de Gea step-up, and make two wonderful saves to drag United across the line.
It can be easily said that United was the second best team, but somehow managed to get the job done. But the upcoming matches against Manchester City and Chelsea makes the United’s hope for a top 4 finish blurry, if their performance doesn’t improve.