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Penalty controversy and 5 things we learned from Man United’s win over West Ham

Penalty controversy and 5 things we learned from Man United's win over West Ham

West Ham vs Man United

West Ham and Manchester United would meet in a Premier League clash recently.

Manchester United would head into the tie looking to return to the top of the Premier League table after Liverpool’s win over Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The Red Devils were also looking to bounce back from their surprising 2-1 loss to Young Boys in the Champions League earlier this week.

West Ham, on the other hand, was also looking to continue an undefeated start to the season at home, but would have to do so without the services of point man Michail Antonio following the forward’s red card last weekend.

And, when all was said and done, West Ham couldn’t beat Ole Gunnar Solskjaer without their top scorer.

He said Benrahma opened the scoring in the 30th minute thanks to a great deflection from Raphael Varane.

However, West Ham’s lead did not last long, as Cristiano Ronaldo leveled the game after 34 minutes.

Then Man United scored a winning goal in added time through Jesse Lingard. The Hammers had a chance to equalize at the end, but substitute Mark Noble, who was only hired to take the penalty, missed, giving Man United a 2-1 victory.

Here are five things 101 learned from the game.

Jadon Sancho will take time to come out well for Man United

Manchester United fans probably rejoiced when their team signed Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund over the summer.

The winger had previously been lighting up the Bundesliga with some stellar displays, scoring a very, very impressive goal and an attendance record for the Germans.

And since Manchester United needed a natural right winger, expectations were probably high when Sancho arrived.

However, the Englishman has so far been disappointed and, after being retired after 36 minutes in the middle of the week, he was only awarded one bench spot against West Ham.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spoke before the game about Sancho’s effectiveness from the bench and, given his slow start, it was probably a good idea for the Norwegian to take some of the limelight from him.

And, with Mason Greenwood and Paul Pogba (when used on the left wing) currently in better shape than Sancho, we will likely have to wait a bit before we see him being handed a regular starting spot for the Red Devils. .

‘McFred’ can’t save Manchester United midfield

It is extremely obvious at this point that Man United’s central midfield area is the weakest area in this field.

This is in part because Paul Pogba didn’t do much defensive work, if at all, when he was deployed alongside Fred, Scott McTominay or Nemanja Matic.

One solution to this has been to use Pogba on the left, where he has actually performed well, and then use Fred and McTominay’s pivot for more defensive coverage.

However, while both players generally work harder than Pogba, as shown against West Ham, they lack the passing ability to initiate attacks / maintain possession and instead often end up giving the ball away in dangerous areas.

McTominay was especially guilty of this in the first 30 minutes or so at the London Stadium, with his wayward passes and poor tackles leading to several West Ham chances.

It’s also worth noting that none of McFred’s pivots were close to Benrahma when he opened the scoring with his shot from the edge of the box.

It’s been said a million times, but Man United won’t win anything great without a proper defensive midfielder, and Sunday’s game was another example of why.

Zouma was a great purchase

West Ham may not have been able to keep a clean sheet against Man United, but one of their defenders, in particular, impressed on Sunday.

That man was the new signing, Kurt Zouma. The Frenchman has adapted perfectly to the Hammers’ bottom line and looks like a significant improvement on the rest of West Ham’s center-backs.

And while Zouma didn’t stop CR7 from scoring, he did limit his effectiveness throughout the tie, winning multiple games and making big blocks on the day.

There was great concern that the West Ham side did not have enough quality depth to tackle the Europa League and PL football this season, but the addition of Zouma has certainly contributed to negate that concern.

Man United should have had two penalties

Man United were far from their best against West Ham. However, they should still have had at least one penalty at the end of the tie.

Ronaldo had the ball in the area and brought it down to Vladimir Coufal, who stuck his leg out and clearly knocked the Portuguese down.

Despite this, neither the referee nor the VAR chose to award the penalty, a decision that almost had huge ramifications in the tie were it not for a late winner from Lingard and some heroic acts by David de Gea.

Ronaldo did not enjoy this penalty decision… 🧐

Ronaldo should have also received another penalty in injury time that was also not given. Luckily for United, they escaped with victory despite poor VAR decisions.

Lingard still has a role to play at Man United

Jesse Lingard has yet to start a single game for Man United this season, and he will most likely be surprised that the midfielder is staying at United for the summer due to all the competition he currently faces in Manchester.

However, Sunday’s game showed that Lingard can still be a useful asset to the Red Devils.

Paul Pogba and Mason Greenwood started the tie on the wings, but failed to create much. Summer big-money signing Jadon Sancho was also attracted, but did very little. Lingard, however, seized his chance and scored what would prove to be a crucial goal for Man United to hand over all three points.

It may not have cost a fortune like Pogba and Sancho or doesn’t have the potential of Greenwood, but Lingard can still be a great player for United this term if given the opportunity.

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# Team MP D P
1 Liverpool FC 5 eleven 13
2 Manchester city 5 10 10
3 United manchester 4 8 10
4 Chelsea Football Club 4 8 10
5 Everton FC 5 3 10
6 Brighton and Hove Albion 4 2 9
7 Tottenham Hotspur 4 0 9
8 West Ham United 4 5 8
9 Brentford fc 5 3 8
10 Aston Villa 5 1 7
eleven Watford FC 5 -2 6
12 Leicester City 4 -2 6
13 Arsenal FC 5 -7 6
14 crystal Palace 5 -3 5
fifteen Southampton FC 5 -2 4
sixteen Wolverhampton Wanderers 5 -3 3
17 Leeds United 5 -7 3
18 Newcastle united 5 -7 2
19 FC Burnley 5 -6 1
twenty Norwich city 5 -12 0
Player Team Goals
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 4
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 4
Fernandes, Bruno United manchester 4
Lukaku, Romelu Chelsea Football Club 3
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 3
Gray, Demarai Everton FC 3
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 3
Sarr, Ismael Watford FC 3
Greenwood, Mason United manchester 3
Ings, Danny Aston Villa 2
Saint-Maximin, Allan Newcastle united 2
Benrahma said West Ham United 2
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 2
Toney, Ivan Brentford fc 2
Fornals, Pablo West Ham United 2
Torres, Ferran Manchester city 2
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 2
Gallagher, Conor crystal Palace 2
Ronaldo, Cristiano United manchester 2
Pukki, Teemu Norwich city 2

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