West Ham United vs. Manchester United – Football Match Report – September 19, 2021

Written by on September 19, 2021

Super-sub Jesse Lingard scored a stunning last-minute winner as Manchester United secured a comeback 2-1 win at West Ham on Sunday.

Lingard, who enjoyed a loan spell at West Ham last season, came off the bench to grab the winner with a minute remaining.

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Cristiano Ronaldo levelled for the visitors in the first half after Said Benrahma‘s deflected strike had put West Ham in front.

West Ham had the chance to equalise in stoppage time, but David De Gea saved Mark Noble‘s penalty to rescue the win for United.

The result sees United climb to second place in the table while David Moyes’ team are in eighth position.

“It was the last minute, I made the save. Going through my head was ‘save the ball.’ It’s a massive three points for us,” De Gea said.

“It was a really tough game, both teams had good chances, again a great goal from Jesse. In the dressing room we said the three points were the most important thing.”

Before kickoff, both sets of players, coaches and supporters gave a minute’s applause in memory of former West Ham and England striker Jimmy Greaves, who died on Sunday at age 81.

The hosts had the first chance after 25 minutes when Jarrod Bowen forced De Gea into a save with his feet before Tomas Soucek blazed over the bar.

West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski then produced a fine stop to tip Bruno Fernandes‘ shot onto the post.

A minute later, West Ham went up the other end and opened the scoring after Benrahma’s shot from outside of the box deflected in off Raphael Varane.

It only took five minutes for United to grab an equaliser when Ronaldo tapped home from close range after Fabianski had spilled his initial flick from Fernandes’ cross.

Both sides had good chances to go ahead before the break but Fabianski saved from Ronaldo while Nikola Vlasic missed the target from inside the area.

Ronaldo almost grabbed his second a minute into the second half but Fabianski raced out and denied him with a great save.

Late on, United had two penalty appeals turned down when Ronaldo thought he was brought down by Vladimir Coufal and Aaron Cresswell.

However, with a minute remaining, Lingard stepped up with a stunning curling strike to put the visitors ahead.

But in stoppage-time, West Ham were awarded a penalty after a VAR review when the ball struck Luke Shaw‘s hand inside the box.

Noble was brought on to take the penalty but his spot kick was saved from De Gea to rescue the three points for United.

There was also a sense of redemption for Lingard, whose stray pass had given away Young Boys’ last-gasp winner in the Champions League on Tuesday.

“Mistakes happen in football, you have to overcome those things,” Lingard said. “I got a brilliant reception. I had a good time here but I have to move on with Man United and do my best.”

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