23 Jul Greenwood decisive for Man United as they continue to be accountable for top-four race
Manchester United are some extent away from the Champions League after surviving a scare in opposition to West Ham to earn a 1-1 draw at Outdated Trafford.
United’s job on the ultimate day of the season regarded prefer it may develop into more durable when Michail Antonio put West Ham forward in first-half stoppage time from the penalty spot. However an equaliser from teenager Mason Greenwood means they enter the ultimate spherical of fixtures some extent forward of Leicester, and they’ll qualify for the Champions League in the event that they keep away from defeat in opposition to Brendan Rodgers’ team on Sunday, assuring them a top-four end for the primary time since 2018.
United regarded wanting concepts earlier than 18-year-old Greenwood popped up with the important equaliser. The end regarded acquainted — a left-foot snapshot that appeared to shock Lukasz Fabianski — and the end result definitely was at flew into the underside nook. It was Greenwood’s 17th of the season and his 10th within the Premier League, a exceptional feat for a participant who will not flip 19 till October. What’s extra spectacular, although, is the significance of his targets. These aren’t the ending touches to complete wins when the opposition has thrown within the towel, however essential targets when United want them most.
Paul Pogba will say it was intuition to throw his arms in the best way of Declan Rice’s free-kick, nevertheless it did not look good. VAR confirmed that Peter Banks appropriately gave the penalty, and it was telling that there have been only a few complaints on the pitch. In Pogba’s defence, the ball was travelling at velocity and he would have had little or no time to consider it, however he actually ought to have simply taken it on the chin. It might not have been nice, nevertheless it was what his team wanted him to do.
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Supervisor ranking (out of 10)
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, 6 — His massive choice was whether or not to stay with David De Gea after his calamitous efficiency within the FA Cup semifinal, and the Spaniard did not let him down this time. United’s total efficiency wasn’t as straightforward on the attention because it has been because the restart however Solskjaer’s team are inching in the direction of Champions League football.
Participant rankings (1-10; 10 = greatest, gamers launched after 70 minutes get no ranking)
GK David De Gea, 7 — Did not get close to the penalty however made a great save from Jarrod Bowen’s effort that took a depraved deflection.
DF Timothy Fosu-Mensah, 5 — Crammed in at right-back, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka given a relaxation. Gave away the free-kick that led to the penalty and was substituted at half-time.
DF Brandon Williams, 6 — Did nicely to snuff out a West Ham assault that would have ended up with Tomas Soucek unmarked on the again publish. Had his arms full with Bowen.
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DF Victor Lindelof, 5 — Bulldozed by Michail Antonio on the again publish simply earlier than half-time and fortunate to get away with it.
DF Harry Maguire, 7 — Dealt nicely with a barrage of early crosses beneath strain from Angelo Ogbonna.
MF Nemanja Matic, 6 — Helpful presence in United’s field and battled nicely in opposition to Rice and Mark Noble.
MF Paul Pogba, 5 — Ought to have been braver as a substitute of throwing up his arms to dam Rice’s free-kick.
MF Bruno Fernandes, 6 — Tried his greatest to create issues across the field however nothing actually got here off and he regarded drained by the top.
FW Mason Greenwood, 8 — Drilled a shot straight at Ogbonna after Brandon Williams’ cut-back. Good motion adopted by a pointy early end to attain the equaliser.
FW Marcus Rashford, 6 — Produced a dipping effort out of nothing from 25 yards that had Fabianski scrambling to palm it away.
FW Anthony Martial, 7 — Pressured Fabianski right into a diving save inside 5 minutes. Brilliantly made the equaliser with the proper cross into Greenwood.
DF Aaron Wan-Bissaka (for Timothy Fosu-Mensah, 45), 6 — Provided extra going ahead.
FW Odion Ighalo (for Marcus Rashford, 84), N/R — Not within the match lengthy sufficient to make an affect.