David de Gea was the main protagonist of Manchester United’s triumph at West Ham’s home, coming back from Said Benrahma’s goal with goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Jesse Lingard in the 90th minute before the Spanish goalkeeper stopped a penalty five years later in added time.
Even manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer jumped onto the pitch at London’s Olympic Stadium at the end of the game to congratulate De Gea. All his Manchester United teammates embraced him, hero of the afternoon, as he stopped Mark Noble’s launch with his stretched out, on his left side. The West Ham legend, who jumped onto the pitch to shoot the penalty shot, had scored in his last ten pitches.
De Gea had, between games and penalty shootouts in his career, 40 shots without winning. Five years since Romelu Lukaku was stopped by a penalty. He retaliated in the 94th minute to give Manchester United their fourth Premier League win, the third in a row, and maintain the lead pace set by Liverpool.
Manchester United arrived at the meeting after European attrition and a hard defeat to digest against Young Boys in the Champions League premiere. It was caused by a serious error in a loan from Lingard, today, a substitute and then decisive with a goal to frame. In the 80th minute, he received the ball from a corner and placed the ball right-handed in the squad to turn the game around.
West Ham had gone ahead with a shot from Benhrama that Varane deflected and was unstoppable for De Gea half an hour into the game. Cristiano Ronaldo, who else, tied the game five minutes later with his fourth goal in three games for Manchester United. He finished off the centre of Bruno Fernandes and took advantage of the rejection to extend his good streak.
In a showy match, back and forth, in which the wood avoided both Bruno Fernandes, Bowen forgave the clearest and goalkeepers De Gea and Fabianski prevailed. He was unbalanced with the entry from the bench by Jadon Sancho and Lingard. His goal seemed to decide the clash one minute from the end until, in the addition, a hand from Shaw caused the intervention of the VAR and the prominence of a saviour De Gea.