Manchester United Player Ratings vs West Ham (Dec 5, 2020)

Posted By Uttiyo Sarkar on December 5, 2020

Manchester United are looking for their 5th consecutive away win in the Premier League this season as they visit an in-form West Ham United side. They did so with another comeback win, defeating a menacing West Ham side 3-1. The Red Devils started the game in scrappy fashion and fell behind in the 39th minute, when Tomas Soucek tapped in from a clever set-piece to give West Ham a deserved lead. 

After being extremely lucky not to get many goals behind before half-time, the Red Devils sprung back to life in the second half and got their equalizer thanks to a stunning long-range effort from Paul Pogba in the 65th-minute. United got all the momentum in the world from that and Mason Greenwood then put them into the lead with a fantastic finish three minutes later. 

West Ham didn’t know what hit them and the Red Devils pounced on their vulnerability again in the 77th-minute, with Juan Mata perfectly playing Marcus Rashford through on goal to allow him to score United’s third in delightful fashion. It almost feel likes destiny for the Red Devils to make the comeback in away games these days and they get a big win to move into the top-4 for the first time this season.

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Manager

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (7.0) –  

Solskjaer made a few bold changes, benching Fernandes and Rashford. It ended up almost blowing in his face, as West Ham dominated his side and United looked very poor in the first half. But he redeems his mistakes from mid-week and made perfect changes to bring the duo on in the second-half, orchestrating the comeback.

His half-time team-talk must’ve also been great as it inspired United to play much smoother, clinical attacking football. He’ll be worried about Martial’s injury, but deserves praise for guiding his side to another amazing comeback win. 

Goalkeeper

Dean Henderson (6.5) –  

Henderson gets his first league start for United today. Makes a solid save early on to deny Haller. He wasn’t at fault for the goal at all, but played a part in United equalizer when his terrific clearance sent Bruno through to assist Pogba. Makes a brilliant reflex save to deny Cresswell in the 84rd-minute. A really good outing for Henderson, which proves he should start more PL games for United. 

Defenders

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (7.5)-  

Wan-Bissaka’s being put under a lot of pressure with West Ham prominently attacking through that side. Not getting any help defensively at all, but keeping things as safe as possible down his wing. Made a terrific goal-saving tackle to deny West Ham a second towards the end of the first-half.

Some of his clutch challenges kept things from getting bad to worse for United and kept them in the game. Made 7 (!) tackles and won 8 defensive duels. The defensive terminator in Spider-Wan seems to be getting to his best again!

Harry Maguire (7.0) –  

Maguire faces a stern test against the physical Sebastien Haller. He’s not too comfortable defending against West Ham’s swift-breaks, but made a few solid challenges to avert danger in the shaky first-half. Takes a really ambitious shot from a long way out in the 52nd that is saved well. Looked pretty solid under intense pressure, winning all the aerial duels and making clutch interceptions to save his side from trouble. 

Victor Lindelof (6.5) –  

The Iceman seems pretty composed despite coming under intense pressure, but playing with fire with his risky positioning at times. Lindelof found his strength in the second half, making some clutch clearances to nullify West Ham’s aerial threat. Worked well with Maguire to keep things tidy in the middle after United went in front. 

Alex Telles (6.5) –  

Telles doesn’t look too comfortable playing against the tricky Bowen and got completely outdone by him for West Ham’s chance in the 31st. Completely loses mark of Soucek for his goal. Redeems himself with a clever assist for Greenwood’s strike. He was run ragged by Bowen today but made his presence felt going forward, causing problems with his great crosses and moving the ball forward smoothly. 

Midfielders

Scott McTominay (6.0) –  

McTominay retains his position in midfield after his decent showing against PSG. He’s struggling to deal with West Ham’s attacks all on his own, but making some nice challenges when needed. Got a big chance to score in the 53rd, but his attempt only hit the side-netting. Looked more comfortable after United took the lead and helped his side protect that with decent defensive work towards the end. 

Paul Pogba (8.0) –

Pogba gets his first start since the horror show against Arsenal and has a lot to redeem himself. Keeping things simple with his passing and gets United’s first shot on target with a sliced attempt straight to the keeper in the 36th. It’s second time lucky for him, with his fantastic attempted from outside the box blasting into the top corner. 

He oozed confidence in the second half and linked up superbly with Bruno to help open up space in United’s attack. Did his defensive duties really well and looked much sharper, motivated to put in a superb display from midfield. 

Donny van de Beek (5.0) –

The Dutchman gets his consecutive start, but wasn’t really as influential as Solskjaer would want him to be in the first-half. Despite being tidy with his passing, he struggled to create definitive scoring chances for himself or his teammates. Subbed out at half-time for Bruno Fernandes. 

Forwards

Anthony Martial (5.0) –

Martial’s celebrating his 25th birthday today and needs a good performance after missing that sitter against PSG. Struggling to find proper space in attack in the early minutes. Plays a decent one-two with Telles before his stinging shot is saved in the 43rd-minute.

Moved to the no.9 role in the second half, but injured his groin before the hour-mark, forcing a substitution after another frustrating outing from the Frenchman. 

Mason Greenwood (7.5) –

Greenwood shined in his last appearance against West Ham and aims to score his first league goal today. Struggled to get an eye on goal in the first-half but looked more natural after moving into the middle. Brilliantly beats his defender before springing a great shot from close range past Fabianski to put United in the lead. 

Linked up brilliantly with Fernandes in the 77th before bursting into the box, but his shot went wide. His performance after moving centrally proves he should play as a No.9 more often. 

Edinson Cavani (5.5) –

A well deserved PL debut for Cavani after his heroics against Southampton. Making some clever runs around the final third but didn’t get any suitable chances in the first half-hour. Couldn’t make a similar impact as last week and subbed off at half-time despite an energetic display.

Substitutions

Bruno Fernandes (8.0) –

Fernandes turns out the spring United needed to start attacking properly. Making the clever forward passes to destabilize the hosts and earns the assist for Pogba’s goal. Put Rashford through on goal with an incredible pass in the 71st, but unlucky not to get another assist from that. Turned out to be an absolute game-changer, creating 8 scoring chances and inspiring his teammates to tap into their best selves. 

Marcus Rashford (8.5) –

Making some really good forward runs after coming on and played McTominay for his opportunity. Got past a few defenders with a clever move in the 60th, but saw his shot deflected wide. Went through on goal in the 71st, but unlucky to see his compelling shot hit the bar!

But doesn’t miss the second time when sent through minutes later, delightfully chipping over Fabianski to get a well-deserved goal. Terrorized West Ham with his movement and made an incredible impact in the second half. 

Juan Mata (7.0) –

The Spaniard was an emergency sub for Martial, but takes his opportunity well with a delightful through ball to assist Rashford’s strike. Helped United see out the win with clever passing towards the end. 

MAN OF THE MATCH

Bruno and Rashford both made incredible impact coming off the bench. This is a difficult one, but I’ll give the MOTM to Rashford because his movement tormented West Ham & he also scored the decisive 3rd goal!

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