Manchester United continue their unbeaten start to the Premier League season after Jesse Lingard scored a stunning late goal and David de Gea’s penalty save in a stoppage-time as they beat West Ham United 2-1 in a dramatic Premier League match on Sunday.
Said Benrahma deflected strike gave West Ham the lead on the half-hour mark but the visitors responded after 5 mins, Cristiano Ronaldo heading a Bruno Fernandes cross at Lukasz Fabianksi and following up to tap the ball into the post.
Manchester United then took the lead after substitute Lingard’s curling shot into the top corner in the 89th minute against his former club. The Hammers were awarded a penalty stoppage-time for a handball by defender Luke Shaw.
Goalkeeper David De Gea proved to be United’s safest pair, Keeping out Mark Noble’s penalty immediately after coming off the bench to ensure his team levels but the Spanish goalkeeper guessed correctly and dived to turn his spot-kick away.
“It was the last minute, I made the save. Going through my head was ‘save the ball’. It’s a massive three points for us,” De Gea admitted.
“It was a really tough game, both teams had good chances, again a great goal from Jesse. In the dressing room we said the three points were the most important thing.”
Jesse Lingard whose stray pass away gave Young Boys’ last-gasp winner in the Champions League on Tuesday had now redeemed himself after his stunning strike against his former club.
The England attacker scored nine Premier goals for the Hammers during his loan spell with the club last season.
“Mistakes happen in football, you have to overcome those things,” Lingard said.
“I got a brilliant reception. I had a good time here but I have to move on with Man United and do my best,”
Cristiano Ronaldo was once again on the score sheet this weekend, the Portuguese now has four goal in three games since returning to Manchester United, scoring twice against Newcastle United and once in the 2-1 defeat at Young Boys.
Ronaldo demanded two penalty’s during the game but referee Martin Atkinson refused to award both spot kick.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes the first and the third were definite penalties and could not understand how the Portuguese was denied.
“Nah, you can’t think that,” Solskjaer said. “But I think the first and the third are definite penalties, 100%, nailed on, cannot for the love of me understand why they’re not given.”
“The first one: he does the lad, he sticks out his foot, Cristiano runs where there was space a split second earlier and he runs onto the thigh of him. The third one: Zouma, I think it was, he doesn’t touch the ball and Cristiano is fouled.
“Cristiano should have had two, the first and the third are definite penalties for me. And then luckily David saves that penalty at the end.”