Ronaldo scores again, Lingard redemption and Moyes’ failed gamble
|Look what it meant to them! Lingard's late winner and De Gea's penalty save handed Manchester United a hard-fought win at Westham on Sunday. (Photo credit: Premierleague.com)|
The weekend is over and time to take stock, yes Barcelona is yet to play in La Liga but we have enough to talk about already, the drama at the London Stadium is worth a conversation you must agree.
Death is certain and so are taxes, but one thing you can also bank on is a goal from arguably the best forward in football history, Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Portuguese was on target again as Manchester United claimed a scrappy win at London Stadium against Westham but that was not the only talking point.
Ronaldo has now scored four times since rejoining Manchester United and beyond the goals, he has lifted the mood at Old Trafford and given confidence and belief to the club’s ambition for the new season, with him it’s upward and forward for the club.
United came back from behind to win the game, but Westham gave a good fight and took a first-half lead through a deflected effort from Benrahma who is having a blinding season so far.
At that point, the Hammers were on top of the premier league log but Ronaldo had other ideas.
A well-measured pass from Bruno Fernandes found the five-time Ballon D’Or winner and although his first effort was saved by Lukas Fabianski, the second beat the Polish keeper with Ronaldo once again showing a classic example of how to beat the offside trap.
The second half was end to end but the defining moment was the introduction of Jesse Lingard who had a game to forget in midweek when his wayward pass set up Young Boys’ winner in the champions league on Tuesday.
Lingard curled one in with time ticking down and he showed some respect to the team that gave him a new lease of life last season.
The goal was somehow predictable, it had to be him and for once, Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s subs made the difference.
But that wasn’t the end of it, Luke Shaw conceded a penalty at the death and after VAR review, it was awarded against United, there and then it felt like two points dropped already with David De Gea’s record standing against the Red Devils already.
…Then David Moyes, who was in search of a point against his former employers threw on Mark Noble, a proven penalty taker to settle the scores, Noble didn’t have a second of warm-up, just straight from the bench to the spot, you guessed the outcome right.
West Ham lost as De Gea saved from Noble’s kick and are joint top, only behind Chelsea and Liverpool on goal difference.