Manchester United moved up to fifth in the Premier League, as they beat West Ham 2-1 on Saturday afternoon.
In the first half West Ham had the ball in the back of the net, but Felipe Anderson's fine strike was ruled out for offside. However replays showed that the Brazilian was in fact onside, as the Hammers were denied a perfectly legimate goal.
To rub salt in the wounds, Manchester United were awarded a penalty moments later, as Juan Mata was deemed to have been brought down by Robert Snodgrass. Paul Pogba stepped up, and found the back of the net emphatically to put United 1-0 up.
West Ham deservedly equalised four minutes into the second half, as Anderson got his goal. Manuel Lanzini played a wonderful cross into the box, and the Brazilian hooked his shot goalwards to draw the Hammers level.
However United were awarded another penalty with 12 minutes to play, as Ryan Fredericks fouled Anthony Martial. Pogba prepared to take his second spot kick of the afternoon, as he converted once again to restore the Red Devils' lead and secure all three points for United.
Here's our breakdown of Saturday's Premier League clash.
Key Talking Point
Manchester United didn't produce their best performance, as they spent the majority of the game trying to keep up with West Ham. Though their first half performance was strong, they faltered in the second half and began to look lacklustre and tired.
Nevertheless, the Red Devils secured a huge victory in their bid to finish in the top four. Pogba's penalties did the job for United, and although it was far from a trademark performance, they secured a crucial three points in a must win game.
Starting XI: De Gea (8*); Rojo (6), Jones (6), Smalling (6), Dalot (6); Pogba (8), Fred (5), Mata (5); Lingard (6); Martial (5), Lukaku (7).
Substitutes: Rashford (7), Greenwood (6), Pereira (6).
STAR MAN - Though Pogba's brace sealed the win, David de Gea played a crucial part in United's win. He pulled off a string of outstanding saves, and without his excellent performance between the sticks, the Red Devils would not have gone on to win.
Key Talking Point
West Ham's performance was interesting - while they played free-flowing football in attack, their passing was sloppy as they gave the ball away too often. They deserved to take something from the game, but a moment of rashness from Fredericks completely undid West Ham's hard work.
Starting XI: Fabianski (7); Masuaku (6), Ogbonna (6), Balbuena (6), Zabaleta (6); Noble (6), Rice (6); Anderson (7*), Lanzini (6), Snodgrass (6); Hernandez (7).
Substitutes: Diangana (6), Antonio (7), Fredericks (4).
14 - Felipe Anderson has scored his first Premier League goal in 14 games, and become the first @WestHamUtd player to score home and away vs Man Utd in the same league season since Jermain Defoe in 2001-02. Levelled. #MUNWHU— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 13, 2019
STAR MAN - Felipe Anderson was excellent for the Hammers, scoring their only goal of the afternoon and producing an outstanding performance in attack. He caused United's defence problems all game along, and played very well despite West Ham's defeat.
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Source : 90min