Paul Pogba nets two penalties without his trademark dance to boost Manchester United Champions League hope at the expense of unlucky West Ham.
Pogba, who always dance his way to the ball, decisively scored twice from the penalty spot past Lukasz Fabianski without hesitation to move United to within two points of fourth-place Chelsea who will play at Anfield on Sunday.
In any case, West Ham boss was angry that an early strike by Felipe Anderson was mistakenly counted for offside and Pogba’s first penalty was harshly awarded for a foul by Robert Snodgrass on Juan Mata.
Their feeling of injustice subdued after Anderson scored their equalizer in the second half. Michail Antonio hit the crossbar and afterward was denied a goal by a world-class save from David De Gea with the score at 1-1.
Victor Lindelof and Marcus Rashford were sidelined by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in light of Barcelona game on Tuesday night while West Ham featured in United transfer target Declan Rice however no Marco Arnautovic.
United hadn’t lost at Old Trafford in the league since August and they need their home form to continue in a bid for top four. West Ham looked like ideal rivals on paper – without an away win in 2019 and have lost their last three games without scoring.