Manchester United won 1-0 against West Ham on suspension with Marcus Rashford winning on Saturday afternoon.
A blistering, boiling opening for 10 minutes rapidly fizzled out as the first half settled into a sterile pattern. The hosts enjoyed lengthy spells of possession but almost exclusively spent tamely rolling it between one another in front of West Ham’s compact 4-4-2 block.
When either team is trying to ignore the connected world anywhere – and the simplest again – the ball always fails to reach its intended destination.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s request for a penalty fell on deaf ears as the injured leg of Kurt Zouma was not punished. Since both sides have no teeth like the others, the first episode ends without a bullet.
Fred corrected that comeback shortly after but snatched it while trying inside the penalty area where Alphonse Areola hit it well.
While Manchester United strengthened the number of shots with an effort from the distance, both teams struggled to beat their rivals, as the game unfolded.
Ralf Rangnick threw three strikers as the home side pushed for a goal that looked as if it could come. However, all three played their part in the win as Anthony Martial and Edinson Cavani came together to tie Rashford in the back.
The victory propelled United to the top of West Ham and into the top four as both sides continue their quest to qualify for the Champions League.