West Ham player ratings vs Manchester United: Diop and Dawson star in superb defensive display

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Alphonse Areola – Fantastic early save from the debutant to keep out Juan Mata and an excellent save to deny Mason Greenwood. Excellent first appearance in a West Ham shirt, will be pushing to be No.1 soon. 8

Ryan Fredericks (off 17) – Unfortunate to have to come off so early after a bright start from the right-back. His desire and effort led to Manuel Lanzini’s goal and he looked to be making a real mark on the game. 7

Craig Dawson – Coped well with the threat of Anthony Martial, experience trumping pace. Relied on Issa Diop at times to cover for him but to be expected with the mismatch on acceleration. Great performance from the centre-back. 8

Issa Diop – Superb match in defence for the centre-back. A brave block from a Jesse Lingard shot summed his match up. Diop has significantly improved from last season. 8

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Ben Johnson – Coped well with Diego Dalot bombing up his wing and then Mason Greenwood. A good game from the youngster. 7

Mark Noble – Struggled at times to keep up with the pace of play. Particularly when Manchester United’s attackers were running at him. Missed a fantastic opportunity late in the match with a weak effort. 6

Alex Kral – An impressive debut, showed a willingness to get forward and broke into the Manchester United box on a number of occasions, clearly more than just a defensive midfielder. 7

Arthur Masuaku (off 69) – Had a lot of defensive work to do and did it well helping out Johnson on the left. Important action on his return to match fitness. 7

Manuel Lanzini (off 69) – Composed finish for West Ham’s early goal. Found it hard to get into the game at times with Manchester United having the bulk of the possession. 6

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Andriy Yarmolenko – A pretty quiet display from the Ukrainian. Flashed one effort wide and tracked back to help Coufal out. Missed an absolute sitter late in the game. 5

Jarrod Bowen – Wasted an early opportunity with his left foot, something he was culpable of on Sunday as well. Needs to improve his finishing if he wants to regularly start up front for West Ham. Ran his heart out but lacks Michail Antonio’s hold-up play and ruthlessness. 6

Substitutes

Vladimir Coufal (on 17) – Solid as always. Stayed tight to Jadon Sancho and kept the England international quiet. 7

Pablo Fornals (on 69) – Saw little of the ball but tracked back and helped Johnson deal with the threat of Greenwood. 6

Nikola Vlasic (on 69) – Broke forward well but had few options in attack due to the nature of the game. 6

Source by Football London

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