FIRST TIME – BLOW HAMMER FOR THE RED
United narrowly escape first scare in the capital, when Jarrod Bowen beats Dean Henderson after putting the ball in the net. But the referee comes to relieve the Red Devils, by raising his flag; and the VAR confirms this decision.
The first half hour is tough for the Reds who can’t bother the Hammers, except for a shot by Anthony Martial executed in the 18th minute. His attempt is deflected for a corner.
Ole’s men escaped danger again in the 32nd minute, when a cross from Bowen invited Pablo Fornals to head the ball back. Fortunately for the Reds, the Spaniard, well placed at the far post, lets his opportunity pass, while a goal seems almost certain.
Unfortunately, that wasn’t enough to wake the Mancuniens, it even inspired the Hammers who are getting closer and closer to goal. In the 35th minute, the Fornals again had the opportunity to express themselves and beat Henderson on a hook, but former Villarreal struck the post.
In the 36th minute, Paul Pogba came very close to goal, but the Frenchman’s shot stayed too sleepy to worry West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.
Despite all the warnings, United fail to stand out and the opposing team inevitably takes the lead in the 38th minute. A header with a header by Declan Rice found Soucek, who responded to the far post with a volley that pierced the Reds’ defense. 1-0 to West Ham.
A few minutes later, the Hammers are about to double the bet when Sébastien Haller launches in goal, but the Frenchman slips into the penalty area.
Martial then responds with a solid shot that was well released by a Hammers goalkeeper. But soon after, West Ham threatened United again, narrowly escaping the break goal, thanks to Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s save from Bowen, allowing the Reds to keep the score 1-0 at the break. .