Henderson retains Man Utd spot despite De Gea return
Cristiano Ronaldo was denied two “stonewall” penalties in Manchester United’s win at West Ham, according to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The Portuguese star has scored his fourth goal in three games since returning against the Red Devils in Sunday’s 2-1 win at the London Stadium.
Ronaldo’s first-half goal canceled Said Benrahma’s deflected opening game, with Jesse Lingard – who impressed on loan at the Hammers in 2020-21 – curling at home a sublime winner after coming in as a substitute.
Ronaldo was floored by challenges from Vladimir Coufal and Kurt Zouma in the second half, with referee Martin Atkinson and VAR steadfast, but a penalty was imposed deep into added time for a handball from Luke Shaw.
Mark Noble came off the bench but saw his effort saved by David de Gea seconds to go.
Solskjaer did not complain about the shot on goal given against Shaw, but felt that Ronaldo had clearly been fouled on several occasions,
“The first and the last, I think it’s a rock wall, you can’t even argue with them,” he told Sky Sports when asked about three calls from. penalty for his team.
“Paul [Pogba] had a fault against him, Kurt Zouma: he did not touch him but he passed him. So why is Cristiano’s third call not a penalty? Hopefully, it won’t be that Cristiano never gets a penalty. “
Noble’s only touch on the ball was De Gea’s penalty attempt, who last saved a Premier League shot on goal against Everton’s Leighton Baines in 2014.
“The reflection behind [bringing Noble on for the penalty] was just his record, “said manager Moyes.” I would have been more disappointed if I hadn’t made the decision. I made the decision, and it didn’t quite work out today.
“We have given Manchester United a hard time, the more we do at this level against the top teams the more we will improve as well.”
Solskjaer came under criticism for his handling of the game in the 2-1 Champions League loss to Young Boys on Tuesday, in which Lingard offered the home side their timeout winner with a loose pass.
He was delighted to see Lingard team up with fellow substitute Nemanja Matic to secure another comeback victory and stretch United’s unbeaten run to 29 league appearances.
“Great goal, so happy for Jesse and he had a tough night on Tuesday. He collapsed, worked hard again, was the same bright, positive boy. I’m so happy for him,” he said. declared.
“It’s always difficult to come here against a well-organized West Ham side. They are in their longest unbeaten streak in the Premier League.
“We know we had to show our authority. In the first half we had 60, 70% possession. They scored the first goal, but it’s just a game waiting to open.
“You can’t rest when you are defending and we fell in the last six, too many spaces, too late to load the ball. We sorted it out and talked about it at halftime. Great response.”
United have now recovered 35 points after dropping positions in Premier League games since the start of last season, which is almost twice as many as any other team.