Manchester United Player Ratings vs West Ham (Sept 19, 2021)

Written By Uttiyo Sarkar on September 19, 2021

Manchester United are looking to bounce back from the Champions League loss in mid-week with a win over an undefeated, in-form West Ham United side in the Premier League. They did just that with a dramatic, comeback win by the margin of 2-1 – which was fueled by a late goal from Jesse Lingard & added-time penalty save from David de Gea!

Despite a strong start from The Red Devils, West Ham took the lead in the 30th minute when Said Benrahma’s shot deflected off Raphael Varane’s body into the back of the net. 

However, it didn’t take Man United much time to reply – as Cristiano Ronaldo scored from close range in the 35th minute to make it 1-1! The Red Devils dominated much of the game after that and saw all their attempts thwarted by West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski – while a few penalty shouts were also denied.

Just as it looked like it would be a draw, super-sub and former West Ham loanee Lingard scored a screamer in the 89th minute to make it 2-1. But minutes after that, seconds away from final time – West Ham got a joke a penalty after Luke Shaw’s ‘handball. But in dramatic fashion – de Gea – who almost never saves penalties – pulled off an incredible save to win his game for the Red Devils.

An incredible end to what was a thrilling game. That was Man United’s best away performance so far this season (still not the absolute best they can produce) and they stretch their unbeaten away PL streak to 29! The title chase is still on! 

Here are Manchester United player ratings vs West Ham

Manchester United player ratings vs West Ham

Manager

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (7.5)–  

Solskjaer risked the fans’ wrath by playing the proactive McTominay-Fred midfield duo and also benching Sancho for this one. While United wasn’t the most efficient, this was still their best away performance this season as they controlled the game well & created some really good chances. If not for the West Ham goalkeeper, it could’ve been much more.

Ole’s subs also worked out really well, as Lingard scored the screamer and it was Matic who set it up. Has still some elements to improve to get United playing unplayable, dominant attacking football but improvements are being done – which is why he deserves praise!

Goalkeeper

David de Gea (9.0) –  

The Spaniard is tested with a tricky shot in the 21st, but produces sharp reflexes to parry it away. Very unlucky to concede the opener that way. Made a few nice stops after that too.

To sum up how special his final bit was – it was De Gea’s inability to save a penalty that stopped United from winning the Europa League in May. He’s clearly worked on it, making a fantastic stretch to deny Mark Noble – who almost never misses! His redemption arc continues and it seems SuperDave may be back!

Defenders

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (7.5) –

After getting sent off in mid-week, Wan-Bissaka has to redeem himself today. Getting into some nice attacking areas, but his final delivery is still not good enough. Much better than he’s been for last few games, as Wan-Bissaka kept his side quiet with some solid defending – winning 10 duels, making 4 clearances and 2 tackles. Moved the ball forward well with slick dribbles and his overall performance was really efficient. 

Raphael Varane (7.5) –  

The French defender looks confident from the get-go and makes a brilliant block to deny Bowen in the 16th. But then luck plays a cruel joke, as Benrahma’s shot took a wicked deflection off him into the goal. But apart from that bit of rotten luck, Varane was really dominant at the back – keeping Bowen relatively quiet and making a number of noticeable clutch challenges to avert danger. 

Harry Maguire (6.0) –

Maguire’s callousness almost cost him in the 16th as he gave away the ball inside the box – but thankful for Varane to save him from humiliation. Used his head well to keep out West Ham’s set-pieces & crosses, but Maguire was surprisingly sloppy with his distribution today and was caught out-footed on some swift-breaks. 

Luke Shaw (7.0) –  

Shaw is being really adventurous on the attack and moving forward with confidence. Nearly sneaks in a goal in the 28th when his shot was barely saved by Fabianski. Almost operated as United’s left-winger today and showcased incredible energy to bomb through the left-wing. 

Very unlucky to have that penalty given against him late on, but fortunately De Gea saved his blushes. Probably has to improve his defensive work a bit anyways in the next games. 

Midfielders

Scott McTominay (5.5) –

McTominay returns from injury and makes his first appearance in over a month. Makes a great pass to set up a big chance for Ronaldo in the 34th. Then produces another great cut-back to CR7 in the 39th – but unlucky not to get anything from that either. Looked a bit rusty in midfield & lost key duels – but that was probably because he’s not fully match-fit yet. 

Fred (6.0) –

With his preferred partner McTominay in his side, Fred is playing a more adventurous midfield role today. A bit sloppy at times, but helped United control the game in the first half. But Fred’s game completely fell off in the second half, as he sloppily gave the ball away – lost out on duels and couldn’t contribute at all in the attack. 

Paul Pogba (7.0) –

Looks much sharper than he did in mid-week, but takes a clattering of a challenge early on – leaving him sore. Attempts a shot from outside that is deflected wide in the 45th. Hits another one over the bar after a nice one-two with Bruno.

Was at the heart of a lot of good chances for United and created some himself with impressive passes & long balls. Taken off after growing weary towards the end – resulting in a substitution. 

Bruno Fernandes (7.5)

Fernandes is trying to create chances early on with some ambitious passes but has over-hit most of them. Hits the post in the 27th after his close-range volley is brilliant tipped just wide of the goal. Makes an excellent, pinpoint cross to set up CR7’s equalizer. Tormenting West Ham with his crosses. 

Then sent Ronaldo through on goal with another clever pass in the 46th – only to be unlucky to see him unable to convert. Took a very ambitious shot from way out in the 75th – wasting a counter-attack. Energized United’s attacks with his link-up play and kept them going for the win. 

Forwards

Mason Greenwood (7.0) –

Greenwood is back looking hungry for goals after sitting out the Young Boys game. Buzzing like a bee in the final third with clever movement & helping create some nice attacking moves with his passes. Didn’t get any shots on goal today, but Greenwood’s overall link-up play & contribution to the attacks were admirable. 

Cristiano Ronaldo (8.0) –

Ronaldo looks very active in the attack, getting more involved in linking-up moves. Gets some space to have a crack at goal in the 24th, but sees his attempt saved well. Was played through on goal in the 34th, but just can’t control the ball well enough to score. 

But then scores anyways – pouncing onto Fernandes’ cross and finishing on the second attempt. Almost gets another one in the 42nd, but his thundered shot was saved superbly. Started the 2nd half in emphatic fashion too and got a big chance in the 46th – but his shot was saved superbly again.

Very unlucky not to get a penalty after being clearly brought down on multiple occasions. Will probably rue missing that chance in the second half, but Mr Inevitable with another one today!

Substitutions

Jadon Sancho (6.0) –

Moved the ball forward really well and seems to be getting more efficient in the attack with every passing game. 

Jesse Lingard (8.0) –

Lingard had a point to prove after costing United the game – and so he did in emphatic fashion. Thundered a shot into the top corner, coming back to haunt his former side. That’s two in two as a sub for him. Becoming Ole’s own supersub!

Nemanja Matic (N/R) –

Played the ball to Lingard to assist his goal!

MAN OF THE MATCH

Lingard scored an amazing winner, Ronaldo got another one and even Fabianski was fantastic. But I’ll give this to De Gea for that amazing penalty save & ending the game in such incredible fashion. Long may his good form continue!

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