Manchester United made another stunning comeback in the second half to condemn West Ham to a 3-1 defeat on the day they greeted the fans back at the London Stadium.
The Hammers opened their gates for 2,000 supporters for the first time since February 29, and were looking for a course of unforgettable victory when Thomas Soucek’s first-half shot gave them the lead against insecure Manchester United.
Ole Gunnar Solsjaer made the break and his substitutions transformed the game, with Bruno Fernandez setting up Paul Pogba’s superb leveling before the Portuguese had a hand in Mason Greenwood’s clinical strike.
Turning the game around in the third minute of the second half, Marcus Rashford sealed the victory, lifting the ball over Lukasz Fabianski, after his teammate Juan Mata lost it.
The victory extends Manchester United’s record of nine club matches and moves them to the top four, with West Ham falling to seventh after missing out on a third-place finish.
How Man Utd broke West Ham’s comeback …
Two thousand West Ham fans put on an exciting performance of “I’m Blowing Bubbles Forever” on their much-anticipated return to London Stadium and almost had an early goal to celebrate.
Theroud Bowen drove behind Manchester United’s defense and kicked Dean Henderson’s outstretched leg in his full Premier League debut for the visitors, but the effort was ruled out for offside.
- Sebastian Haller replaces the injured Michael Antonio in West Ham’s only substitution since Monday’s victory over Aston Villa.
- Dean Henderson and Edinson Cavani made their Premier League debuts for Manchester United as Ole Gunnar Solskj .r made five changes from the win over Southampton.
West Ham were tougher in every department, as they suppressed the threat from Manchester United and stepped up the away goal in search of progress, which would almost come after half an hour.
Pablo Fornals reached the net with a main chance, and three minutes later, he was bounced off the frame of the goal, because the cameimer fingers came out of a tree and are in Henderson’s hands.
West Ham pressure finally came on in the 38th minute when Declan Rice jumped from a corner kick to set Souchek to take the opener home from close range as the Hammers punished Manchester United’s non-existent defense.
West Ham were about to add a quick shot a second, but, rounding off Henderson in a hurry, Sebastian Haller lost his leg at a crucial moment, allowing the Manchester United goalkeeper to suffocate the ball.
Anthony Martial lured Fabianski into a great defensive fingertips with Manchester United’s first significant attempt on a goal for West Ham, but the Hammers were worth the half-time lead, which could have been even greater if Haller had turned a chance in the break.
Solskjaer brought Fernandez and Rashford to the break, and Manchester United’s improvement was simultaneous and drastic, but they could have been two below if Bowen had gone far enough to turn Vladimir Kufal’s teasing cross.
Scott McTominay hit the side net and the impulse of the building was said in 65 minutes. Henderson’s long clearance clearance was deemed to have been a play on the right-hand side, and Fernandez dropped the ball into Pogba’s path, which ended in a superb strike in the top corner to level the score.
One quickly became two, with Greenwood shooting down Alex Teles’ cross from the left before beating Manchester United in the lead with a clinical strike through Fabianski.
The woodwork prevented Rashford from putting the game to bed for 72 minutes as Manchester United continued to exploit the huge gaps in West Ham’s defense, but he made no mistake six minutes later, floating the ball over Fabianski after clinging to Mata ball while Solskj тимотr’s team drew a strong line below the symbolic first half.
West Ham travel to Leeds further Football on Friday night at 8pm – live on the Sky Sports Premier League.
Manchester United travel to RB Leipzig for the key match of the group stage in the Champions League on Tuesday at 20:00, before hosting Manchester City on Saturday night football at 5.30pm – live on the Sky Sports Premier League.