Manchester Utd 1-0 West Ham Utd

  • by Staff Writer
  • Saturday, 22nd January 2022

West Ham were cruelly denied a point at Old Trafford by to a controversial VAR decision in the final minute of this afternoon's Premier League clash.

The Hammers were just 13 seconds away from securing a hard-fought draw when substitute Marcus Rashford converted a low cross from fellow sub Edinson Cavani, who was adjuged to be onside by VAR - despite appearing to be marginally offside.

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Yet unlike in some recent West Ham matches, where it took up to four minutes to reach a decision, the VAR check was done and dusted in a matter of seconds - condemning West Ham to a second Premier League defeat in the space of a week.

It was a a bitter blow to West Ham's European aspirations and a bitter pill to swallow following last weekend's surprise 3-2 defeat at home to Leeds United - who were themselves beaten by Newcastle United today.

It could be argued that neither side did enough to deserve all three points, with the hosts enjoying 18 shots at goal but missing the target with 15, many of which were hit from long range due to West Ham's sterling defensive effort with the returning Kurt Zouma marshalling the rearguard.

Yet West Ham were no more a threat to David De Gea's goal, with the Spanish 'keeper having just one save to make in the entire match - which left the game heading towards a goalless draw until the final few seconds, when disaster struck.

David Moyes' squad has looked bereft of ideas and energy since before Christmas but the lack of depth was clearly evident today, with a tiring Michail Antonio forced to play the full 90 minutes with no able replacement available.

And the manager, missing Said Benrahma had just Nikola Vlasic and the impotent Andriy Yarmolenko to call upon by way of attacking options, nither of whom made it ont the pitch despite United's inability to breach the home defence.

The defeat sees today's hosts leapfrog West Ham into fourth spot in the Premier League, while Tottenham - just one point behind the Hammers currently - have four games in hand and Arsenal, two points adrift, three.

We'll have a full match report for you soon.

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West Ham Utd: Areola, Coufal (Fredericks 70), Dawson, Zouma, Cresswell, Rice, Soucek, Bowen, Lanzini, Fornals, Antonio

Subs not used: Randolph, Diop, Masuaku, Johnson, Kral, Noble, Vlasic, Yarmolenko

Booked: Rice (63)

Manchester Utd: De Gea; Dalot, Varane, Maguire, Telles, McTominay, Fred (Cavani 82), Fernandes, Elanga (Rashford 62), Ronaldo, Greenwood (Martial 82)

Subs not used: Henderson, Jones, Matic, van de Beek, Lingard, Mata

Goals: Rashford (90+3)

Booked: Maguire (56)

Referee: Jonathan Moss

xG: Man Utd 1.67 - 0.27 West Ham Utd

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