Manchester United recorded a tight 1-0 win over West Ham United at Old Trafford but who were the unsung heroes of the match?
Man United started on the front foot against the Hammers but couldn’t convert any of their chances on target, which was kind of frustrating.
The Red Devils maintained the same intensity in the second half, which inspired Fred to provide the match’s first shot on target from inside West Ham’s penalty box. You weren’t alone, if you thought the Brazilian had scored from there.
Both teams pressed harder to get the breakthrough but Manchester United, who made the last attack of the game, would break the deadlock in the additional time, thanks to a close-range finish from Marcus Rashford.
Though Marcus Rashford has taken the spotlight, thanks to his last-minute goal, the England international didn’t do much upon his cameo and we didn’t consider him as our top three players behind United’s victory.
Scott McTominay: The Scotland international was excellent again in the midfield. He came out strong despite locking horns against the likes of Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek in the middle park.
He was solid and hardly lost possession of the ball. In fact, he was the reason West Ham struggled to create chances through the midfield. Hard to get past, which also helped United’s backline to be at ease. A decent performance again from McTominay.
Harry Maguire: Many fans had preferred Phil Jones to start ahead of Maguire alongside Raphael Varane after Victor Lindelof missed the tie. Well, it’s understandable, given the England international lack of consistency.
However, Maguire was United’s rock. Was unbeatable. The Man United skipper made two big challenges to deny Jared Bowen and Michail Antonio in the first half. He maintained his focus in the second half and did well to limit West Ham to just one short on target.
Diogo Dalot: The Portuguese star was brilliant against West Ham. He was disciplined at the back and covered Raphael Varane a few times at the back. Won some aerial duels and ball recoveries. He made his position too tight for the Hammers to penetrate.
The more he plays, the more he improves. No doubt, Aaron Wan-Bissaka would provide a massive fight in order to get his role back.
Diogo Dalot vs West Ham:
86% pass accuracy
86% final third pass accuracy
7/11 duels won
6 ball recoveries
4 tackles won
3 attempted take-ons
2 successful take-ons
2 chances created