Goals from Andriy Yarmolenko and Aaron Cresswell earned their second successive home win against , who lost Marcus Rashford through injury in the second half.

Yarmolenko opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time, sending a low finish past following patient build-up play involving Mark Noble and Felipe Anderson.

Cresswell sealed all three points for the Hammers in the second half with a superb free-kick into the top right-hand corner.

Chances were at a premium in a cagey first half at London Stadium, with Noble’s deflected effort from Pablo Fornals’ free-kick the closest either team came to a breakthrough before Yarmolenko’s strike.

Juan Mata should have levelled for the visitors two minutes into the second half but failed to hit the target after connecting well with Andreas Pereira’s low cross.

The result lifts above the Red Devils in the table, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side remain three points off the top four and without an away league win since February.

Rashford injury compounds United woes

After making nine changes for the midweek victory over Astana, Solskjaer fielded the same team that beat Leicester at in their last league game.

Nemanja Matic and Rashford were the sole survivors from Thursday’s win, with teenage striker Mason Greenwood – United’s match-winner against the Kazakh side – unavailable due to tonsillitis.

Rashford, who had gone five matches without a goal in open play before today, looked short on confidence throughout, failing to register a single shot before going off injured just shy of the hour mark.

The injury capped a deeply frustrating afternoon for Solskjaer, whose side looked lacklustre, lethargic and short of ideas in the final third.

Matic’s long-range drive, which was easily held by Lukas Fabianski, was the closest they came to a goal in a forgettable first half.

The visitors improved marginally in the second and should have restored parity when Mata got on the end of Pereira’s delivery, but the veteran midfielder somehow managed to steer the ball wide from point-blank range.

Harry Maguire also went close to bringing the visitors level before ’s second goal, firing straight at Fabianski after the Hammers had failed to clear a corner.

The defeat extends ’s poor away form – their last league victory on their travels came at on 27 February.

More to follow.

Line-ups

  • 1Fabianski
  • 24FredericksSubstituted forZabaletaat 80′minutes
  • 23Diop
  • 21OgbonnaBooked at 14mins
  • 3Cresswell
  • 41Rice
  • 7YarmolenkoSubstituted forSnodgrassat 89′minutes
  • 16NobleBooked at 74mins
  • 18Fornals
  • 8Felipe AndersonSubstituted forWilshereat 70′minutes
  • 22Haller

Substitutes

  • 4Balbuena
  • 5Zabaleta
  • 11Snodgrass
  • 13Jiménez
  • 15C Sánchez
  • 19Wilshere
  • 27Ajeti

Man Utd

  • 1de Gea
  • 29Wan-Bissaka
  • 2Lindelöf
  • 5Maguire
  • 18YoungBooked at 83mins
  • 39McTominay
  • 31MaticSubstituted forFredat 71′minutes
  • 15Pereira
  • 8MataBooked at 48minsSubstituted forGomesat 81′minutes
  • 21James
  • 10RashfordSubstituted forLingardat 61′minutes

Substitutes

  • 14Lingard
  • 16Rojo
  • 17Fred
  • 22Romero
  • 28Gomes
  • 38Tuanzebe
  • 44Chong
Referee:
Anthony Taylor
Attendance:
59,936

Match Stats

Home TeamAway TeamMan Utd
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home8
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away7
Fouls
Home8
Away9

Live Text

Substitution

Substitution, United. Robert Snodgrass replaces Andriy Yarmolenko.

Scott McTominay () wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andriy Yarmolenko ( United).

Attempt missed. Daniel James () left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Fred following a fast break.

Pablo Zabaleta ( United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Andreas Pereira () right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Fred.

Goal!

Goal! United 2, 0. Aaron Cresswell ( United) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the top right corner.

Booking

Ashley Young () is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Mark Noble ( United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, . Angel Gomes replaces Juan Mata.

Substitution

Substitution, United. Pablo Zabaleta replaces Ryan Fredericks because of an injury.

Offside, United. tries a through ball, but Sébastien Haller is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Aaron Cresswell ( United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Jack Wilshere ( United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Mark Noble ( United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Mark Noble ( United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Mark Noble ( United).

Aaron Wan-Bissaka () wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, . Fred replaces Nemanja Matic.

Substitution

Substitution, United. Jack Wilshere replaces Felipe Anderson.

Attempt saved. Harry Maguire () right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Scott McTominay.

Foul by Issa Diop ( United).

Juan Mata () wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Felipe Anderson ( United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Andriy Yarmolenko.

Attempt saved. Scott McTominay () right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Juan Mata.

Corner, United. Conceded by Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Pablo Fornals ( United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, United. Conceded by Ashley Young.

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