SECOND HALF – COMEBACK COMPLETE
The Reds started the second half well, camping out in the visitors’ half in an attempt to carve out goalscoring opportunities. Our first chance fell to Antony, but his effort was tame and gathered comfortably by Areola. A few moments later, De Gea was forced into another huge save after Soucek rose above Lindelof to direct a header towards the bottom corner, but our shot-stopper scooped it away and the loose ball was cleared.
A sequence of intricate football almost resulted in a sublime goal from United. After emerging up the pitch with some one-touch play, most notably between Bruno Fernandes and Sabitzer, but the former couldn’t quite get a touch on the latter’s final ball to poke it home in front of the Stretford End.
Five minutes before the hour mark, and almost somewhat against the run of play, David Moyes’s side took the lead, albeit slightly controversially. The ball looked to have gone out of play, but Soucek was adjudged to have kept it in, and it eventually found its way to Benramha who curled a wonderful effort beyond De Gea and made it 1-0.
Our keeper was called upon again to make a vital save with momentum on West Ham’s side. Yet again, it was Antonio who he denied after the Hammers talisman skipped past Lisandro Martinez but couldn’t finish off the chance. With 20 minutes to go, it looked as though Casemiro had once again delivered the goods for Ten Hag when he headed home from a Fernandes free-kick, but, after VAR’s intervention, it was ruled out for offside.