A pulsating 90 minutes of action during West Ham vs Man United on Sunday evening ultimately culminated in West Ham putting Manchester United to the sword by a goal to nil.
Said Benrahma’s tame, long-range effort in the first half should have been a routine save for the goalkeeper but despite getting a hand to it, he was unable to stop it from bobbling over the line.
Manchester United, beaten 1-0 by Brighton last time out and only a point ahead of fifth-placed Liverpool, appeared in control of the game before De Gea’s mistake but could ultimately have lost by a greater margin, with the hosts dominating much of the second half.
David Moyes’ side were denied what looked a clear penalty on the stroke of half-time when Victor Lindelof’s handball went unnoticed by on-pitch referee Peter Bankes and VAR Stuart Attwell decided not to intervene.
The decision ensured Erik ten Hag’s side remained in the game but West Ham withstood late pressure to claim a deserved victory which takes them to 37 points, easing their relegation fears in 15th place.
Manchester United, meanwhile, still have a game in hand on Liverpool, but their stuttering form has thrown the top-four race open.
West Ham vs Man United: Match Summary
During West Ham vs Man United, the two sides went toe-to-toe a short time ago, relegation-threatened West Ham aware than an eventual victory would mark a massive step towards safety.
Visitors Man United, on the other hand, were continuing to look over their shoulder, after Liverpool closed to within a point of the top-4 courtesy of a sixth victory on the spin on Saturday.
And, when all was said and done, it was the former who held their nerve.
A solitary goal proved all she wrote in east London, as Said Benrahma’s tame effort inside the half-hour mark somehow made its way beyond the flailing David de Gea.
West Ham, in turn, have climbed a full seven points clear of the bottom three, whilst Manchester United remain just a point clear of the top-4 chasing pack, albeit whilst in possession of a game in hand.