December 1, 2020

Premier League LIVE: Antonio penalty sees Manchester United trail


Follow Sportstar’s coverage of the Premier League game between Manchester United and West Ham United at the Old Trafford.

 

46′ West Ham gets the second half started.

HALFTIME West Ham has defended well and took its chances when they came, with Antonio scoring with almost the final kick of the match to breath new life into the top four race.

45′ + 2′ Anotinio scores and West Ham takes the lead.

45′ PENALTY! West Ham gets a penalty after Rice’s shot from the free-kick is stopped by Pogba’s hands.

45′ One minutes added at the end of the half.

44′ Fosu-Mensah lunges in and brings down Antonio at the edge of the box. And he picks up the game’s first yellow card.

43′ Johnson’s high cross dips towards Lindelof at the far post but Antonio comes in and heads it straight at De Gea.

39′ Rashford finds Williams’ run who cuts back to Greenwood but a host of white shirts block the youngster’s shot.

36′ Rashford stings Fabianski’s gloves with a dipping 30-yard strike. The keeper doesn’t catch it but pushed it away to safety.

33′ A bit of a fight from West Ham now, with possession a little more evently distributed in the last few minutes.

30′ A sustained spell of possession for West Ham 30 minutes into the game. Ends with Matic blocking Bowen and the Hammers winning their second corner of the game. Very patient play from the visiting side.

The corner is headed wide by Ogbonna.

27′ A long spell of United possession and the buildup ends with Rashford taking on Johnson and losing. Good cnocentration from the youngster.

23′ Pogba draws defenders towards him and then releases Fosu-Mensah but the right-back has just strayed offside. With that, there’s a break in play for a drinks break. Or, like most managers see it, a break to work on tactics.

20′ Antonio finds space down the right wing and his low cross into the box forces a corner. The delivery is cleared and when the ball comes back in again, Ogbonna fouls Maguire and that ends the attack. That was the first proper glimpse of the Hammers attacking tonight.

18′ West Ham’s backline has dropped deeper since the start of the game and that is now making life difficult for the Manchester United forwards. Good mid-game change from the Hammers.

16′ The home side dominating so far and West Ham is fighting to get a foothold in the game.

14′ Rashford finds Fernandes in the box with a fantastic ball but the Portuguese’s touch is not good. The ball rolls out for a goalkick. That was a fantastic chance to open the scoring.

11′ Greenwood tugs Antonio at the edge of the Man Utd box and West Ham has a free-kick in a good position. Cresswell whips in a good ball but no one gets to the end of it.

10′ Manchester United with 85% of the possession so far. Backs-to-the-wall so far from the Hammers.

9′ Fornals makes a good interception to stop Fosu-Mensah from getting to the end of a through ball.

6′ Bowen makes a good run down the right flank but Brandom Williams does well to stay with him and wins a throw-in in the process.

STAT: Greenwood is playing his 50th game for Manchester United tonight – the youngest player to achieve the feat since Ryan Giggs.

3′ Fernandes’ finds Martial with a good ball and the Frenchman sees his effort palmed away by Fabianski. And 30 seconds later Greenwood runs across the edge of the box and shoots straight at a diving Fabianski.

2′ Bright start from the home side until Marcus Rashford is caught offside on the left flank. The Red Devils need a good start following the humbling at the hands of Chelsea last weekend.

KICKOFF! Manchester United gets the match at Old Trafford underway.

The players are ready for action but we will first have a minute’s silence for Alex Dawson, the former United striker, who died this week aged 80.

TEAM NEWS

Manchester United: De Gea; Fosu-Mensah, Lindelof, Maguire, Williams; Matic, Pogba; Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford; Martial

Substitutes: Mata, Lingard, Fred, Dalot, James, Romero, Ighalo, Wan Bissaka, McTominay

West Ham United: Fabianski; Johnson, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Rice, Soucek; Bowen, Noble, Fornals; Antonio

Substitutes: Balbuena, Yarmolenko, Anderson, Lanzini, Wilshere, Haller, Masuaku, Randolph, Coventry

Referee: Paul Tierney

West Ham won the reverse fixture and could do the league double over Man United for the first time since 2006-07.

Man United however has everything to play for and goal difference could also still come into it play on the final day, so expect Solskjaer’s side to try and rack up a convincing victory.

Premier League form book

Manchester United is still unbeaten in 12 Premier League games, while at Old Trafford it has won five of its last six games with an aggregate scoreline of 20-4.

West Ham’s wins over fellow strugglers Norwich City and Watford handed it back-to-back top-flight wins for the first time since August while effectively sealed its place in the Premier League next season.

Manchester United: DWWWWD

West Ham United: LWDLWW

— Team News: West Ham United

West Ham’s attckers are in good form too, with Michail Antonio having scored more Premier League goals than anyone else since the season restart in June and Jarrod Bowen picking up four assists in his last five games.

Moyes could also consider handing opportunities to some fringe players with survival now secured. That would mean another start for 20-year-old Ben Johnson at right-back, with Ryan Fredericks sidelined along with Robert Snodgrass.

Team news: Manchester United

Manchester United will be without Eric Bailly after he was stretchered off in the FA Cup defeat to Chelsea following a clash of heads with Harry Maguire.

Despite returning to Manchester from the hospital, the strict concussion protocols could mean that he is unlikely to be available for the last two games of the domestic campaign.

Luke Shaw remains a major doubt after twisting his ankle against Southampton, Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe remain unavailable.

The likes of Anthony Martial, Paul Pogba and Mason Greenwood all sat out from the start on Sunday, but the in-form trio are expected to return as part of a Man United attacking line in the midst of a prolific run.

Bruno Fernandes has been central to that, and since his debut for the club in February no Premier League player has been involved in more goals across all competitions than his 17 – scoring nine times and creating eight more.

The Champions League race

Manchester United’s FA Cup hopes ended at the hands of Chelsea at Wembley on Sunday. The semifinal defeat was bad but there was some positive news for it that day.

Leicester City’s defeat against Tottenham Hotspur sees Man United control its destiny as far as qualification for next season’s Champions League is concerned.

The Red Devils are level on points and goal difference with the Foxes, and have a game in hand. It they win tonight, they simply need to avoid defeat on the final day to secure a top four finish.

Even if they draw tonight, they just have to avoid defeat against Leicester in the final game of the season to wrap up a top-four finish for only the third time since Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down.

Former Manchester United boss David Moyes is making a return to the Old Trafford tonight.

Manchester United can move into the top four of the Premier League table for the first time since September when it welcomes West Ham United to Old Trafford on Wednesday.

The Red Devils’ Champions League qualification in their hands as we head into the final two games of the season.

Other the otherhand, West Ham is all but mathematically safe from the threat of relegation this campaign.

 

Hotstar will live stream the Premier League clash between Manchester United and West Ham United from 10.30 pm (IST) on Wednesday. You can also catch the game on TV on the Star Sports network.

 



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