Sunday 7 May 2023

Magic night for Moyes as Devils are Downed

West Ham can turn their attentions to Europe after a thoroughly deserved win against a lacklustre Manchester United who were well and truly East-ended. 

The London stadium was rocking and although the Reds started better, David de Gea handed the Hammers a crucial opener with a goalkeeping howler as he failed to keep a soft shot from Said Benrahma from rolling into the net.

Hammers fans braced themselves for a Man Utd onslaught but in truth it never materialised. Denied a clear penalty just before half time, the Hammers then had a goal disallowed under dubious circumstances.

But their tails were up and they tortured Man Utd down the left flank creating chance after chance. In midfield, the ageing legs of Casemiro et al couldn't keep up with Rice and Paqueta and despite 10 minutes of injury time the Hammers romped home, all but ensuring Premiership safety!

Here’s how we rated David Moyes’ men: 

Lukasz Fabianski 7

Calm throughout and did all the simple things well. 

Thilo Kehrer 9

Probably his best Hammers performance as he was strong and aggressive both with and without the ball throughout. Rashford got little joy all night.

Angelo Ogbonna 8

Soooo calm. Brilliant back up for the absent Zouma. Lots of important clearances and he clearly likes playing alongside the stylish and pacey Aguerd.

Nayef Aguerd 8

This lad is class - great defender, good decision making and excellent in possession. 

Aaron Cresswell 7

Struggled with Anthony in the first 30 mins but thereafter suffocated the left flank. 

Tomas Soucek 8

He's a 100 percenter and back on the form of previous seasons. Almost scored a cracking volley which rattled off the post. 

Declan Rice 9

Quite simply, he did everything right this evening and almost pitched in with a goal. Best player on show by a long stretch!

Lucas Paqueta 8

His sorcery is key to how this team clicks. Had a few almost moments but his ingenuity keeps opponents on edge. Next season will be stunning!

Jarrod Bowen 7

A constant thorn and put in an important defensive shift today.

Said Benrahma 8

One of his 'on' games. Buzzed up and down the wing and, of course, got the all important goal.

Michail Antonio 8

Could sense Man Utd's unease in defence and got stuck into them. Made a few stunning runs and held the ball up excellently throughout.

David Moyes 10

The gaffer will have enjoyed his first league win in a decade over his former employers. In fairness, he made all the right moves with team selection and held off on substitutions while the Hammers had such good flow.

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