Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Post West Ham United
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David de Gea has revealed the Manchester United players made it their personal mission to bounce back from Tuesday’s midweek Champions League defeat at Young Boys with three points against West Ham. The Red Devils threw away the lead against the underdogs in Switzerland earlier this week after going down to 10 men but they responded in the perfect fashion this afternoon in east London.
United fell behind after Said Benrahma’s strike deflected past the helpless De Gea after hitting Raphael Varane.
Cristiano Ronaldo fired United level within a matter of minutes though but the game was far from finished there.
Jesse Lingard struck the eventual winner just a few minutes from time before West Ham were handed the chance to draw level with just seconds on the clock.
Martin Atkinson pointed to the spot after Luke Shaw blocked a cross with his arm and substitute Mark Noble was elected to come on and take the pressure penalty.
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Incredibly, his placed effort was saved by De Gea though to win United the points.
Speaking after the game, De Gea admitted that the United players said in the dressing room before the game that nothing other than three points would do.
“Amazing,” De Gea told Sky Sports, speaking about his penalty save.
“It’s difficult to describe with words to save the penalty at the end of the game, make the team win, all the fans, my team-mates, the staff, all together as a team, it was great.
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“I think we reacted very well after the defeat in the Champions League. We were together, we fight until the end.
“We said in the dressing room we came here to take the three points and we did it, so we are really, really happy.”
Meanwhile, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was adamant Atkinson should have awarded United at least two penalties as he criticised the referee’s performance.
“Two [penalties United should have been awarded] first and the last,” he said.
“I think they’re stonewall you can’t even argue them. I think the first one the lad puts his leg up Cristiano runs straight and is fouled.
“The last one, Paul had a foul against Kurt Zouma went over him. So why is Cristiano third appeal not a penalty?
“Hopefully it won’t be Cristiano is never going to get a penalty.”
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