Manchester United was one step away from meeting the goals set this year, after the 1-1 draw against West Ham on Wednesday, passing as third in the table and enough to measure against Leicester to get their ticket to the next Champions League since if they tie or win on the last day they will be in the Champions League but if they lose they will be left out.
Coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer of Manchester United stopped rotations and returned to his official attacking quintet: Matic as contention alongside Pogba, Bruno Fernandes, Greenwood, Rashford and Martial. The only news was the inclusion of Fosu-Mensah for the second time, understanding the importance of the match played at Old Trafford.
In the first half, Man U took possession of the ball with an elusive Bruno Fernandes who could receive between the lines and was able to assist the three Red Devil attackers but little by little they lost the intensity because those of Solskjaer found themselves with a double defensive line and left very little space for the red attackers to have an advantage, and just before the break a shot would come in a set-piece move that would hit Pogba’s hand and the VAR would urge the referee to decree the maximum penalty in favor of West Ham and who would be in charge of changing it for a goal would be Michail Antonio.
In the second half, the team jumped onto the field with other energies. Thus, it quickly found the tie goal after a beautiful wall between Martial and Greenwood that he defined with his left foot, scoring the tie, but with that play, it was not enough to win the match, despite removing all its starters, but could not break the rival defense. Equally, the point is positive for United: now it will be enough to reach another draw in the game against Leicester to fulfill its goal of Champions.
Antonio and Greenwood were the main protagonists of the match. The striker for the London team confirmed his great state of form by scoring again and now he has scored eight goals in the last five games. For his part, the United player scored his fifth goal since the competition resumed. While Pogba signed the negative note of the match, giving West Ham a childish penalty.
This year will be the seventh consecutive year that Manchester United finishes in the Premier League behind City, which is no longer surprising, but the Red Devils want to at least guarantee their presence in the Champions League to continue shaping their new project.