With the victory, the Red Devils returned to second place in the Premier League table. It was a well-earned win because they were created to press for the opening and then withstand the late wave of West Ham.
Manchester United were wasteful against David Moyes ’men, failing to take advantage of the rare chances they had gained through Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood.
However, a header by Scott McTominay deflected from Dawson to the back of the net. The hammers tried to respond in kind, but there was no need for an equalizer.
Manchester United player ratings:
Let’s look at the ratings of Manchester United players in the game.
Dean Henderson – 7/10
Dean Henderson did not face a shot on goal as none of West Ham’s seven attempts were on goal. However, the United keeper was authoritative in his box as he held his third clean sheet in the league this year.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 7/10
Aaron Wan-Bissaka was sharp in his problem solving, especially when Vladimir Coufal and Manuel Lanzini overloaded the right side after the clock mark.
Harry Maguire – 7/10
Harry Maguire commanded the background for Manchester United with aplomb. He also coped well with Aaron Cresswell’s interceptions and Michael Antonio’s air threat. Like any other world midfielder, he was always in the right place to thwart West Ham.
Victor Lindelof – 7.5 / 10
Victor Lindelof was tasked with shutting down Anthony’s air threat in early game exchanges. The Manchester United defender did extremely well as the West Ham man fell silent.
Luke Shaw – 9.10
Luke Shaw, not for the first time this season, could have been Manchester United’s best player tonight. The left-back has been weighing his approach all along, marking his areas and timing challenges to perfection.
Over the months, he made better decisions regarding interception and recovery. The whip on his crosses was also remarkable.
Scott McTominay – 7.5 / 10
Although much of the work Scott McTominay did was in possession while Manchester United controlled the process, the midfielder’s vision to pick passes from 60 yards caught my eye. He evoked a sense of calm whenever West Ham tried to separate.
Fred – 5.5 / 10
In addition to one laser-guided pass from a deep-seated position, Fred failed to add anything significant despite Manchester United owning the possession. At the end of the defense, the Brazilian didn’t have much to do, however.
Daniel James – 6.10
Daniel James continued his great series for Manchester United, running in the heart of the West Ham line and keeping Aaron Cresswell at a distance. His speed on break, especially after a Manchester United goal, created problems for the visitors.
Still, he could have been better with his decision-making, the final ball and creating chances.
Bruno Fernandes – 6.5 / 10
From the corner, Bruno Fernandes took a corner from the corner, which led to Manchester United’s winning goal. He often entered hard yards to receive the ball and conjured up goal-scoring chances. Although he was not in his relentlessly best release, Fernandes made several efforts to test Lucasz Fabianski in form.
Mason Greenwood – 8.5 / 10
Mason Greenwood showed traces of the prolific form he showed last season. He was on it from the very beginning, he ran on the back line of Čekić, putting the tempo into the attack and adding quality to the passes scattered on the field in the last third.
The youngster picked Rashford wonderfully in the first half before finishing the takeover and testing Fabianski. He also tore apart West Ham’s defense at high speed and fired a shot that unfortunately shook the tripod.
Marcus Rashford – 5/10
Marcus Rashford missed probably the best chance of the match, when his free kick from the Greenwood wing kindly fell, but he did not find the right connection. The Manchester United player prevailed in many passes, lost possession and it was not his usual creative spark.
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