Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his men were made to labor for all three points at the London stadium on Sunday afternoon in their Premier League encounter with West ham United. After losing against Young Boys in the Champions League during the week, United are expected to react in today’s encounter but were shocked when David Moyes men took a surprise lead in the 30th minute before Cristiano Ronaldo restore parity before halftime from a simple tap in.
Just when it looks like the game is going to end in a disappointing draw for United again, Solskjaer’s substitutes came to his rescue as Nemanja Matic teed up Jesse Lingard to net the winner. The game was not without it drama though as West Ham United got the chance to equalize at the death only for Mark Noble to miss from the spot. Contrary to what he did during the week, we will look at one mistake Solskjaer avoided that helped United to all three points today.
It was Solskjaer’s substitutes against Young boys that killed the game in their UCL encounter. However, his decisions at crucial period were spot on today as two of his substitutes combined to earn United all three points. Unlike what he did on Tuesday, when he removed his attacking players in an attempt to salvage a draw, Solskjaer got some things right today, one of which will be discussed below.
One thing I believe Solskjaer got right today is the decision to substitute Paul Pogba for Jesse Lingard. The French World cup winner has assisted seven goals already this season and on a neutral ground, it will only make sense to leave him on the pitch, however, substituting him in the 73rd minute of the game is the moment of the game as 28years old Jesse Lingard scored what end up being the winner in the 89th minute.
The three points United got today means they are now on 13points, level with Liverpool who are at the top of the table base on goal difference.