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Manchester United 1–0 West Ham United

Manchester United have completed their first double over West Ham since 2013/14 to move nine points clear of the Hammers in fifth thanks to a Craig Dawson own goal.

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The Red Devils record back to back league wins to climb back into second following a big three points against top four rivals West Ham, on a weekend when teams chasing them failed to win.

After the late disappointment of midweek for the Red Devils, the worry for United fans before the game was the thought of coming up against a tall and physical West Ham side from set pieces.

However, it was a completely different story with the hosts scoring the only goal of the game from Luke Shaw’s corner. Craig Dawson, who has been prolific of late, this time saw the ball come off his head and into the wrong goal after previously netting at the right end in the Irons’ previous game against Leeds United.

The Red Devils tested Fabianski throughout and his key saves kept the scoreline down and gave the visitors chance to salvage a draw. Mason Greenwood came the closest to opening the scoring after his shot from the edge of the box was tipped onto the post by Poland’s number one.

Greenwood was then denied by the post again as he looked to seal the game on the counter. This time his thunderous strike cannoned back off the post with the keeper rooted.

United travel to Milan in the week for the pivotal second leg of their Europa League tie after Milan rescued a deserved draw at the death. The Irons do have a game in hand on United, and the rest of the top four, and play Arsenal in the league on the weekend with the Red Devils in cup action against Leicester City.

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July 2024