Manchester United failed to move into third place on the Premier League table after losing to West Ham 1-0 on May 7, 2023.
A calamitous error committed by David De Gea gave West Ham the win at the London stadium, and it is leaving their top four hopes in jeopardy.
Benrahma’s long-range shot from outside the box was a normal ball for any goalkeeper to save, but despite David De Gea getting his hands to it, he failed to push the ball away, and it went into the net.
Manchester United, beaten 1-0 by Brighton on May 5, 2023, are only one point behind their arch-rival Liverpool with even two matches to play.
The Red Devils had the opportunity to defeat West Ham, but the highest-paid goalkeeper in the world caused the loss in the match.
How West Ham overcame Manchester United
Manchester United started the game with perfect offense and pace but lacked accuracy in their shooting abilities, as Bruno Fernandes and Antony came close.
Christian Eriksen wasted another chance by shooting over the bar when left in space to give the ball to Antony.
Manchester United’s top scorer this season, Marcus Rashford, also came close, but his shot hit the side-netting.
West Ham only had one attempt in the first 30 minutes, and they have De Gea to thank for the opener.
The Spanish goalkeeper failed to deal with Benrahma’s shot after Luke Shaw lost possession in midfield.
It was De Gea’s fourth error leading to a goal this season. These errors have cost Manchester United a lot of points this season, and the fans are calling for a new goalkeeper next season.
After West Ham’s goal, Manchester United quickly responded, but Antony’s shot hit the wrong side of the post.
Before the end of the match, Manchester United were unfortunate not to concede a late penalty after the ball hit Victor Lindelof’s arm.
The momentum remains with West Ham, who pinned Manchester United to their half in the second half.
Declan Rice, who was named Man of the Match at the end of the game, kept dominating Manchester United’s midfield with impressive tackling and dribbling.
West Ham striker Michail Antonio got the ball into the net, but it was ruled out by VAR on a foul on Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea, who had looked nervous in front of the goalpost from the beginning of the match.
Tomas Soucek had the ball in the net in the second half, but it was ruled out for offside after the Czech Republic midfielder moved faster than Red Devils players.
In the last minutes of the match, Red Devils had some improvement in the attack, but West Ham defenders and goalkeeper Fabianski saw off the game in a nice manner.
It was David Moyes’ first leg win against his former team since he left in October 2013, just 10 months after his reign at the club.
What’s next for Manchester United and West Ham?
West Ham will host AZ Alkmaar in the first leg of the European Conference League on May 11, 2023, at 8:00 p.m.
Manchester United will welcome Wolves to Old Trafford on May 13, 2023.
It is a must-win for the Red Devils, and due to their home record, it is all three points for Ten Hag’s side.