Three things we learned as Manchester United beat West Ham

Manchester United continue their impressive home form under Erik ten Hag as Marcus Rashford scored his 100th goal for the club to claim a 1-0 win over West Ham.

Rashford’s first half header moves United a place above Chelsea in the Premier League table — and just a point adrift of Newcastle United in fourth.

They were forced to battle hard for the victory, with David de Gea producing a string of crucial saves.

Maguire looked rusty but clean sheet will do him good

It’s great that Harry Maguire returned to the starting line-up and contributed to a clean sheet, especially in the end when his block denied Jarrod Bowen.

That said, the England centre-back looked uncomfortable at stages of the game and I think we need to excuse the rustiness. The skipper has only returned after spending weeks out of the team.

Poor in possession

West Ham left spaces open for United to play football, but our passing was atrocious. We didn’t keep the ball throughout the game and that gave West Ham opportunities to hit on the counter-attack. It was down to a combination of poor movement and lapses in concentration. At least we still managed to score a great goal thanks to a beautiful cross from Christian Eriksen.

Dalot is becoming the full package at right-back

Lisandro Martinez was outstanding, but he wasn’t the best performer in United’s back four. That was Diogo Dalot. Not only did the Portuguese full-back get forward to deliver decent crosses into the box, he defended superbly – getting into the right positions, staying alert and owning his back post. He was a rock in the right-back position this evening.

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