With the top-4 race heating up following Manchester United’s win over West Ham, FOX Sports Asia takes a look at the key talking points.
5. Wrong offside call keeps scores level
Manchester United started shakily at home and would have certainly fallen behind had it not been for an erroneous call by the linesman. Set up expertly by former United striker Javier Hernandez, Felipe Anderson finished expertly past David de Gea only to see the flag go up.
While the Brazilian seemed offside in real time, replays confirmed Diogo Dalot playing him on. The linesman’s wrong call saved United the blushes and as it eventually turned out – gave United enough momentum to go a goal up less than 10 minutes later.
4. Dave saves
De Gea’s name is certainly the one that will figure on top when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reflects and draws up a list of reasons for their victory at Old Trafford on Saturday. The Red Devil’s scarcely deserved lead was cut short by Anderson’s goal and the Hammers could’ve killed the game off with a second but for De Gea’s heroics.
The reigning United Player of the Year made a fantastic save in the second half to claw away Antonio’s header keeping United in the game and in retrospect, probably winning it for them.
3. Pogba’s scores two with new run up
Famous for his slow, languid run-up while taking penalties, Paul Pogba surprised everyone, the opposition goalkeeper included by the change in his run up for United’s penalty, awarded in the 18th minute by the referee for a foul by Robert Snodgrass on Juan Mata.
Instead of the unending short-stepped gig that he usually undertakes, Pogba struck home with a quick 2 second run-up to send United a goal up and give them some much needed respite.
The midfielder then expertly converted another spot-kick late in the second half, just when United needed him to step up the most – again with a similar run up, placing the ball in the left-hand corner, leaving Fabianski with no chance at all and wrapping up all 3 points for his side.
2. Win papers over poor Manchester United performance
With just 5 games of the season left to play, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows winning is what matters at this point of time.
It was without doubt a shabby performance from the home side who never looked like scoring from open-play during the entire 90 minutes, visibly worn out from their midweek exertions against Barcelona but the fact that they won the game will ensure the cracks are papered over, at least for the time being.
1. Race for top-4 back on
Having dropped points at Wolves, Manchester United’s hopes of a top-4 spot for next season were seemingly in tatters after their defeat to Nuno Espirito’s side. That is, until Unai Emery’s Arsenal opened the doors once again for United with a 1-0 loss against Everton.
United needed a win to keep pressure on the London trio of Arsenal, Spurs and most importantly Chelsea, who play Liverpool at Anfield tomorrow and the Red Devil’s hard fought victory ensured they will all feel the need to look over their shoulders for the coming game week(s).