West Ham United eased their relegation worries by earning a famous 1-0 victory against visiting Manchester United in their Premier League Matchday 35 fixture at the London Stadium on Sunday night.
The Hammers who had lost their last three games and were in dire need of the points in their fight to stave off relegation, found the breakthrough in the 27th minute of the first half.
Said Benrahma’s shot from distance managed to squirm past Man United keeper David de Gea, to gift West Ham the lead. The Spaniard has now made four errors leading to goals in the Premier League this season, which is the most by any player in the top-flight.
The second period saw the Red Devils trying to get into the tie. The Hammers scored through Michail Antonio but his goal was ruled out for offside, while Marcus Rashford forced a save from Lukasz Fabianski in the 77th minute.
A fine link-up from Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial ended up with Hammers shot-stopper Lukasz Fabianski thwarting the Frenchman’s effort for a corner late on as gaffer David Moyes’ side battled to a crucial win which sees West Ham United seven points away from the dropzone.
As for Manchester United, they sit in fourth spot – one point better than Liverpool in the race for UEFA Champions League football for next season, though they do have a game in hand.
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FULL-TIME AT THE LONDON STADIUM: West Ham United 1-0 Manchester United
SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT THE LONDON STADIUM: West Ham United 1-0 Manchester United
HALF-TIME AT THE LONDON STADIUM: West Ham United 1-0 Manchester United
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27′ MIN: Said Benrahma’s long-range shot squirms past Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea.
KICK-OFF AT THE LONDON STADIUM: West Ham United 0-0 Manchester United
Both sides are having a go at each other, in a bid to come out on top. The Hammers are looking to end a three-game losing run in the league, as they bid to retain their top-flight status for another season.
Coach David Moyes’ side are four points off the relegation places but will be eyeing a win, to give themselves some gap from the teams in the dropzone.
Also, a positive result in this fixture will serve as a confidence boost ahead of their UEFA Europa Conference League semi-final first-leg clash on Thursday.
As for the Red Devils, their terrible away record against the top-half teams in the division this season continued in midweek with a disappointing 1-0 defeat away to Brighton at the Amex Stadium.
Erik ten Hag’s men still occupy fourth position on the table, but are just one point better off than fifth-placed Liverpool albeit with two games in hand.
Victory away at the London Stadium will see them close in on a UEFA Champions League place, but for that to happen, the players must give their all as they look to end a promising campaign on a strong note.