Premier League match-day 5 and there was no shortage of drama. Manchester United took on West Ham away from home in hope to keep contention for the lead in the table. The London Stadium roared when Benrahma’s effort deflected in the net as the home side opened scoring in 30th minute. Their uprising was short-lived as Ronaldo gestured “calma” 5 minutes later netting the equalizer for the Red Devils.
End to end electrifying action continued till super sub Jesse Lingard returning from a loan spell from West Ham curled his effort to the top corner to haunt his former side and United took the lead at the very end of regulation time. Some questionable refereeing saw Ronaldo denied of a penalty in the second half but it was all good since the good old Fergie time lead looked to secure all 3 points for the away side, so it seemed. However Luke Shaw giving away an unfortunate handball inside the box in the extra time made the home side looked to snatch a point at the end which was somewhat deserving given the entertaining West Ham side had their moments in the game.
The best was saved for the last as David Moyes Brought on the club veteran nicknamed “Mr. West Ham” Mark Noble in the 93rd minute just to score the penalty, which seemed to be poetic given this was probably his last season with the hammers. But it was not to be, David De Gea saved from the spot to keep the lead for United. This save was a long overdue as De Gea has conceded all of the last 40 penalties that he has faced prior to this. Last time he saved a penalty was in 2016 against Chelsea to deny Lukaku from scoring in the FA cup. United now sits 3rd in the table with lesser goal difference.
“We deserved to win. I think we created some big chances, we had pressure on them, should have had a few penalties, great response when they scored, good attitude, very good away performance in a difficult cauldron; the stadium is hard here!” Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reacted at the end of the dramatic victory