Manchester United 1-0 West Ham: Marcus Rashford scores Red Devils 100th goal in narrow win

Rashford started in a fluid front-four at Old Trafford, pairing Cristiano Ronaldo at the top with Anthony Elanga replacing the injured Antony and Harry Maguire at the back due to Victor Lindelof’s illness.

After a comfortable midweek win, the hosts came out of the blocks in rather subdued fashion as David Moyes set his squad up to sit back and absorb the pressure in his bid to finally win as manager at the away at his short-lived former home stadium. .

A scrappy first half saw Man United fail to make the most of a variety of half-chances while Said Benrahma carried only the threat of West Ham.

Rashford, starting wide on the left but with the freedom to attack as he pleased, played with a fresh air of confidence about him past England manager Gareth Southgate.

It was no surprise when he appeared in the 42nd minute to head the ball past Lukas Fabianski, from a fine cross from Christian Eriksen.

West Ham pushed down the pitch as their hosts struggled to strengthen their lead after the break.

Yet their lack of away goals in the Premier League this year was highlighted by a struggle to forge clear openings and Moyes took off reserved Gianluca Scamacca after 55 minutes, introducing Michail Antonio rather than seeing the whacked Italian receive his marching orders.

Lisandro Martinez deftly denied Craig Dawson a header at the far post from Declan Rice’s fine free-kick, while Diogo Dalot’s aerial presence in his own box helped maintain Man United’s lead.

David De Gea produced a fine diving save to deny Kurt Zouma’s header early in the final five minutes and Fred, moments later, hit the woodwork with an unmarked chance to seal the points for the hosts in a finish more and more fervent.

Jarrod Bowen was denied by a block from Maguire in stoppage time before another parry from De Gea deflected Rice’s piledriver seconds before the final whistle confirmed Man United’s climb to fifth place of the whiteboard.

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