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Manchester United came back from a goal to defeat West Ham United 3-1 at London Stadium on Saturday, and substitute Bruno Fernandes turned the game around with a stellar performance in the second half.
The Hammers dominated the first half, with Pablo Fornals closing in twice, first hitting the side net with a header and then landing a close-range shot against the post.
The hosts took the lead just before half-time when Tomas Soucek stretched out a foot to kick the ball home from a corner.
West Ham continued to control the game, but they suffered a suction hit in the second half when Paul Pogba threw a fierce, curly blow into the corner of the net from 30 yards. This, along with the introduction of Fernandes and Marcus Rashford, brought the visitors to life.
Mason Greenwood completed the comeback just three minutes later, turning and shooting low and hard into the far corner with poison. And Rashford closed the points in 78 minutes, rushing towards a divine pass from Juan Mata to hit home.
The three points send Man Utd back to the top four, while West Ham remains in seventh place.
Let’s take a look at the player ratings from an exciting night at London Stadium.
Lukasz Fabianski (GK) – 6/10 – Smart stop to deny Martial at the edge of the break. He had little chance with any of the goals when West Ham collapsed in front of him.
Fabián Balbuena (CB) – 5/10 – He had a shot from the first half blocked. He supported Coufal in canceling Martial but collapsed in the second half when Man Utd ignited the style.
Angelo Ogbonna (CB) – 5/10 – He enjoyed the battle with Cavani and kept the Uruguayan at bay. Caught cold by Greenwood’s beautiful twist and hit. It just fell apart.
Aaron Cresswell (CB) – 6/10 – So cool in possession, allowing West Ham to play from behind or change games quickly. Great first half, messy second half, although most of the action came from the other side.
Vladimir Coufal (RWB) – 6/10 – He dealt with Martial’s threat from afar very well, and floated on a few crossroads for Haller to poke his head out. However, he allowed a lot of things to go down his wing as Rashford rampaged.
Declan Rice (CM) – 7/10 – He hit the corner that led to West Ham’s first game. He closed the gap in front of his defense, putting particularly striking tackles on Pogba and Rashford. Eventually surpassed by Fernandes.
Tomas Soucek (CM) – 7/10 – He flew down the far post to score a well-deserved goal. He used his physical presence to unsettle Man Utd’s most creative midfielders. Helpless as the visitors bypassed the midfield with counterattacks.
Arthur Masuaku (LWB) – 5/10 – He comfortably eliminated the threat from Greenwood and constantly overlapped on the left flank to offer assistance to Fornals. The game could not be closed when the visitors began to purr.
Jarrod Bowen (RW) – 7/10 – A nightmare for the wingers. Bowen never stopped running, chasing and stretching Alex Telles, without giving the defender a moment’s peace.
Sebastien Haller (ST) – 5/10 – He did all the hard work to surround Henderson, seat the defender and shape him to shoot. Unfortunately, he slipped and allowed the opportunity to go begging. It will be gutted.
Pablo Fornals (LW) – 5/10 – He was close twice in the first half, and possibly should have done better, with his header and kick. Pretty quiet other than that.
Said Benrahma (LW) – 6/10
Manuel Lanzini (CM) – 5/10
Ben Johnson (RWB) – N / A
Dean Henderson (GK) – 7/10 – It flapped in a couple of crosses at first. Put the equalizer in motion with a precise distance on the line. Great save to deny Cresswell a free kick.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka (RB) – 6/10 – He showed his best and worst in smoothing out an interception, but ran back to slide brilliantly. Typically inelegant going forward, and sometimes caught out of position on the back.
Victor Lindelof (CB) – 5/10 – All over the place. Bullied by Haller, often out of position and never adapted to the game. It actually had little to do with Man Utd’s recovery.
Harry Maguire (CB) – 7/10 – Better than your partner. A more serene touch and he took the ball out of the defense to propel his side forward.
Alex Telles (LB) – 7/10 – Overrun by West Ham’s overlapping full-backs, and had little response for centers flying from his wing in the first half. Whipped on the cross to supply the Greenwood strike. Different player after the tie.
Scott McTominay (DM) – 6/10 – He came in very well and shot the side net early in the second half. Improved when reinforcements were introduced.
Donny Van de Beek (CM) – 5/10 – He offered little link between midfield and attack, but may feel unfortunate about being sacrificed at half-time. Making him work for his place of departure.
Paul Pogba (CM) – 10/7 – Back to the team, but it took a while to get into the game. So – bang. He announced his return with an absolute shout to put Man Utd into action.
Mason Greenwood (RW) – 7/10 – Masuaku and Cresswell were extremely quiet in the first half, as Man Utd struggled to find his fluency at halftime. He took his chance in the second half, turning to shoot home clinically. That’s what he does.
Edinson Cavani (ST) – 5/10 – There he is to sniff out opportunities and save opportunities; however, you must first create some for it. Very isolated. Hooked on rest.
Anthony Martial (LW) – 5/10 – Stung on Fabianski’s fingertips with a fierce shot from the corner of the box, but failed to get into the game fully.
Bruno Fernandes (CM) – 9/10
Marcus Rashford (LW) – 8/10
Juan Mata (RW) – 8/10