Player Ratings: United 1-1 West Ham; Greenwood takes tally to 17 this season, Rashford poor


Manchester United drew 1-1 with West Ham United in the final Premier League match at Old Trafford this season. Paul Pogba gave away a penalty with Michail Antonio scored at the end of the first half with Mason Greenwood equalising six minutes into the second half. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will not be happy with his team’s performance, which was not as good as it could have been. United have moved up to third this evening but that could change if Chelsea beat Liverpool.

It was a poor first half for United. Solskjaer side had seven shots on goal, three of which were on target with 63.3% possession. United got the ball forward quite a bit but failed to do anything with it. After what we have seen recently, this is poor football. The Hammers won a penalty in added time after Paul Pogba used his hands to defend a free kick. VAR ruled that a penalty was awarded. Michail Antonio scored his eighth goal in six matches for David Moyes’ side. 0-1 at half time.

Solskjaer made a change during the break with Aaron Wan-Bissaka replacing Tim Fosu-Mensah after the Dutchman was booked at the end of the first half. United took five minutes or so to get back into the game from the restart. Mason Greenwood equalised for United, scoring his 17th goal of the season. Pogba started the play, finding Greenwood. The teenager played a simple give-and-go with Anthony Martial, who played the assist for Greenwood to fire low beneath Lukasz Fabianski. 1-1.

Solskjaer made his second and final substitution in the 85th minute of the match with Odion Ighalo replacing Rashford. It came minutes after Bruno Fernandes earned his second booking of the season. United seemed to lack the same force they had at the start of the restart and yet again they did not take advantage of the situation they found themselves in, going for the win and going into the final game inside the top four of the Premier League with a clear advantage.

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

The Spanish number one was not really tested against the Hammers but could not save a penalty, which is normal for him.


Player Ratings: United 1-1 West Ham; Greenwood takes tally to 17 this season, Rashford poor

The Dutchman started at right-back and did not have too bad a game. However, he was booked in the 44th minute of the match which is probably the main concern with him being replaced by Wan-Bissaka during the break.


2 Victor Lindelof

The Swedish iceman had to be shouted at by De Gea a few times during the match. It makes you wonder what the player is thinking. Granted, United have little choice at this moment in time to not play him but it is clear that he's not the partner that Maguire needs at the club.


5 Harry Maguire

The captain helped try and shut out the Hammers but they were having too many chance on goal, especially from set-pieces. I feel that he needs a more assured partner in the centre of defence otherwise United are not going to be strong at the back. Stronger but not United strong.


33 Brandon Williams

It was good to see him start against West Ham but his left-flank was targeted throughout the match. It will be a learning experience for him though


6 Paul Pogba

The Frenchman has not been the same player for a few matches now. He gave away a penalty at the end of the first half, using his hands to deflect a free-kick. He needs to make up for this one. Pogba helped redeem himself by starting the attack that resulted in Greenwood's equaliser. Needs to be doing more though in this team.


31 Nemanja Matic

The Serbian veteran midfielder played all, keeping the ball and distributing it to his teammates. It did not work all the time for him and he seemed frustrated at times. United look set to not take another chance they were given, which is a massive shame.


11 Mason Greenwood

The teenager scored the equaliser for United six minutes into the second half in an attack started by Pogba. Martial provided the assist with the 18-year-old firing under Fabianski.


18 Bruno Fernandes

The Portuguese midfielder did not have the best of matches in the final Premier League game at Old Trafford. His passing was off and he was booked for an off the ball clash with Noble.


10 Marcus Rashford

The England forward is not in form right now, not in the first half at least. He can be better than this. He was booked with twenty minutes to go in the second half and still seemed to be out of the game, for what reason I do not know. Rashford was replaced by Ighalo in the 85th minute of the match.


9 Anthony Martial

The Frenchman provided the assist with United getting back in the game with Greenwood's equaliser. Martial did not seem to be at his best, which is the same for his teammates. On Sunday, they will need to be 100% better than this.



29 Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Replaced Fosu-Mensah 46'. The right-back replaced Fosu-Mensah at the start of the second half. He added something to the squad, however, I would have preferred to see him rested for the game though.


Player Ratings: United 1-1 West Ham; Greenwood takes tally to 17 this season, Rashford poor

Replaced Rashford 85'. The Nigerian almost immediately has a chance on goal, which did not work for United. It was a good start straight from the bench though.


Goals: Mason Greenwood 51′; Michail Antonio 45+2′ penalty

Assists: Anthony Martial 51′

Manchester United: De Gea; Fosu-Mensah (Wan-Bissaka 46′), Lindelof, Maguire, Williams; Pogba, Matic; Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford (Ighalo 85′); Martial

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Dalot; Mata, Lingard, Fred, James, McTominay

Bookings: Tim Fosu-Mensah 44′, Marcus Rashford 70′, Bruno Fernandes 81′; Arthur Masuaku 82′

Written by John Walker

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