Man United appear like a Premier League title contender once more

MANCHESTER, England — Manchester United beat West Ham United on Sunday, 1-0, at Previous Trafford in Premier League motion.

Though pictures on objective had been even between the 2 sides (three every) and Manchester United’s possession edge wasn’t overwhelming (54%-46%), the distinction got here all the way down to a Marcus Rashford objective within the thirty eighth minute.

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Man United are actually unbeaten of their final 5 league matches (and their final eight together with the Europa League).

ESPN’s Rob Dawson has response and evaluation from Previous Trafford.

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Speedy response

1. Might Man United actually problem for the title?

Pep Guardiola says Manchester United “are again” — however may they actually threaten to gate-crash the title race as soon as the season restarts after the World Cup?

After their 1-0 win over West Ham at Previous Trafford on Sunday, they’re as much as fifth within the desk, eight factors behind leaders Arsenal, and have solely misplaced as soon as within the league since August.

United had been made to work for the end result towards West Ham however defended properly within the second half to maintain a fifth clear sheet of their final six video games. Objectives are nonetheless not flowing however the transfer for the winner — a one-two between Bruno Fernandes and Christian Eriksen adopted by a decided header from Marcus Rashford — deserved to determine the sport.

David De Gea wanted to make three implausible saves on the finish to ensure the factors however Lisandro Martinez additionally performed his half with a implausible defensive show in the midst of the again 4 alongside Harry Maguire, who began a league recreation for the primary time for the reason that 4-0 defeat at Brentford. On a distinct day United would have needed to accept some extent or worse however title challenges are constructed of gritty performances and this was one.

Perhaps Guardiola has some extent.

2. Rashford scores in entrance of Southgate as World Cup determination looms

Rashford introduced up 100 targets for United with a bullet header on the again submit. A day earlier than his twenty fifth birthday, he drove previous Thilo Kehrer to attain from an Eriksen cross, delightfully clipped in on the half volley.

It was Rashford’s second headed objective in 4 days after scoring instead towards FC Sheriff on Thursday, however this one was in entrance of England supervisor Gareth Southgate, who was watching from the administrators’ field. With the World Cup simply three weeks away, Rashford has discovered kind on the proper time.

Dropped by Southgate final season, the ahead faces a nervous wait earlier than discovering out whether or not or not he will Qatar — however with targets just like the one he obtained right here at Previous Trafford, he is given himself an excellent likelihood of creating the squad. So long as he stays match, he is virtually a certainty to go.

It is a completely different story for Jadon Sancho. Additionally dropped by Southgate final season, he was on the bench towards West Ham with Ten Hag favoring Anthony Elanga on the appropriate of his entrance three regardless of damage sidelining Antony. If he cannot get into United’s crew even when there are accidents, he is obtained little likelihood of creating England’s closing squad.

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3. West Ham make Ten Hag nervous

West Ham are nonetheless recovering from a nightmare begin to the season however it will not be lengthy earlier than they’re again within the prime half of the desk. After beginning with three straight defeats, David Moyes’ crew are steadily rediscovering the shape which noticed them end seventh final season they usually may really feel they deserved extra from their journey to Manchester.

Their winless run in league video games at Previous Trafford now stands at 15 however there have been spells, notably within the second half, the place they had been the higher crew. It was an indicator of how nervous Ten Hag was getting on the touchline that he made an early change after half-time, bringing on Scott McTominay for Elanga and pushing Fernandes out of the right-hand facet.

It helped United absorb a little bit of strain however they nonetheless wanted Diogo Dalot to defend properly on the again submit to move clear three harmful crosses and likewise De Gea’s heroics on the finish.

It did not assist West Ham’s quest for a objective that when it got here time for Moyes to deliver on Michail Antonio he needed to deliver off Gianluca Scamacca — who was fortunate to flee crimson card for a head-high problem on Martinez — as a substitute of pairing taking part in each of his fundamental strikers collectively.

Participant rankings

Manchester United: De Gea 8, Dalot 7, Shaw 6, Maguire 6, Martinez 8, Casemiro 7, Eriksen 7, Fernandes 6, Elanga 6, Rashford 7, Ronaldo 6.

Subs: McTominay 6, Fred 6.

West Ham: Fabianski 6, Kehrer 6, Cresswell 5, Zouma 6, Dawson 6, Rice 7, Soucek 6, Downes 5, Benrahma 7, Bowen 5, Scamacca 4.

Subs: Areola 6, Antonio 6, Fornals 6.

Greatest and worst performers

BEST: Lisandro Martinez, Manchester United

He was pushed shut by De Gea, however Martinez had a whole lot of protecting to do taking part in subsequent to a clearly rusty Maguire and defended brilliantly all afternoon.

WORST: Gianluca Scamacca, West Ham United

Booked for a late problem on Rashford, Scamacca was lucky to remain on the pitch after a excessive problem caught Martinez within the head and was substituted moments later.

Highlights and notable moments

Marcus Rashford put Man United forward within the thirty eighth minute, and it was a magnificence.

Take your decide as to which half you loved extra: Rashford’s flying end for the header, or Christian Eriksen’s lofted scoop cross into the field:

After the match: What the gamers and managers mentioned

Manchester United supervisor Erik ten Hag: “On this crew it’s a massive angle and successful spirit. You see that, the beginning of the season not that good however enhancing quite a bit. Now we have to maintain that course of going.”

West Ham supervisor David Moyes: “For those who look by the sport, we’ve been actually shut. We deserved to come back away with one thing. I do not suppose we may have finished far more. We gave the ball away a bit an excessive amount of and that led to Man United’s objective however general we performed properly.

Manchester United ahead Marcus Rashford on his one centesimal objective: “Stunning feeling. One thing I’ve been engaged on, I really feel I want to attain extra targets like that and hold getting in these areas. Happy that I’ve managed to attain at present and it is at all times good to attain no matter whether or not Gareth Southgate is watching or word:

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea: “We had a tough begin to the season, Man United is an enormous membership and we’re getting higher. We will hold extra clear sheets, play properly and hold going till the tip. I do not prefer to suppose too far into the long run , we’ll simply take it daily. Huge recreation on Thursday and we wish to end prime of the group. We’ll go for one more recreation, extra vitality and hold going once more.”

Key stats

  • Along with his objective on Sunday, Marcus Rashford has turn into the twenty second participant to attain 100 targets for Manchester United, and the crew’s first participant to hit this milestone since Wayne Rooney in 2009.

Up subsequent

Manchester United: Ten Hag’s facet have a busy 14 days forward earlier than the league pauses for the World Cup. After a Europa League journey to Actual Sociedad (Nov. 3), they tackle Aston Villa (Nov. 6) within the league and EFL Cup (Nov. 10) earlier than closing with a visit to Fulham (Nov. 13). If they will stay on the right track on all fronts, there shall be trigger for optimism going into the festive interval.

West Ham: Moyes’ males additionally face a European recreation, EFL Cup third-round tie and two league fixtures earlier than issues shut down for Qatar 2022. After going to FCSB (Nov. 3) within the Europa Convention League and a league date with Crystal Palace (Nov 6), they meet Blackburn Rovers within the home cup (Nov. 9) previous to what must be a spicy conflict towards Leicester Metropolis.

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