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West Ham United 0-0 Manchester United: Player Ratings

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2.10K   //    11 May 2018, 15:39 IST

West Ham United v Manchester United - Premier League
Tempers flared in the final few minutes as both sides were forced to share the spoils

Manchester United have sealed a second-place finish in this season's Premier League after a goalless draw away from home against West Ham. 

Managed by former boss David Moyes, it was always going to be an intriguing encounter but the hosts ultimately have goalkeeper Adrian to thank for keeping a hard-earned clean sheet as United continued to probe in-and-around the area.

The points were shared and here are the player ratings:


West Ham United

Adrian: 9/10 - Man of the Match

Adrian was kept busy and made to earn his clean sheet with a string of fine saves
Adrian was kept busy and made to earn his clean sheet with a string of fine saves

It was a hard-fought point for West Ham and naturally, they have their goalkeeper to thank for earning them one. He was made to work hard for his clean sheet, making six saves in total including a double save from Alexis Sánchez before an excellent reaction stop to push Luke Shaw's goal-bound effort onto the post in the first-half. 

Joe Hart's future is still uncertain but with goalkeeping displays like this, the Spaniard has justified his place as their current first-choice.

Declan Rice: 7/10

A decent outing for the 19-year-old, who was kept busy but handled things well as part of the Hammers' centre-back trio. Two tackles, two interceptions, three clearances and a blocked shot - solid defensively while maintaining concentration throughout. 

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Aaron Cresswell: 7/10

Decent shift from the Englishman, especially as an auxiliary centre-back on this occasion. Kept busy and dealt with United pressure well without shying away from tackles - particularly his sliding challenge on McTominay in the first 45, which set the tone for the hosts' physical approach. 

Cresswell was unafraid to tackle strongly as West Ham frustrated their visitors
Cresswell was unafraid to tackle strongly and did well as West Ham frustrated their visitors

Angelo Ogbonna: 6.5/10

Not as good in comparison to the aforementioned duo, Ogbonna still had an okay game but found himself caught out on a few occasions which could have lead to a handful of United strikes - particularly in the first-half. Has to remain on his feet more and have more patience when tackling or opting to challenge for possession in certain areas.

Pablo Zabaleta: 6.5/10

Started well but the 33-year-old faded as time wore on and United enjoyed more possession in midfield. Kept his passing accurate and rarely put a foot wrong though.

Arthur Masuaku: 6/10

No surprise that it was the Frenchman hooked off shortly after the hour mark here, as he struggled to contend with Antonio Valencia's surging runs down his side and rarely made any good defensive interventions either. Two clearances and a foul for the 24-year-old's troubles.

Cheikhou Kouyaté: 7.5/10

Battled hard up against one of the league's best midfielders in Paul Pogba and crucially, didn't let him rest throughout. This was important in their attempts to frustrate the visitors, which ultimately worked. An admirable display but his match rating was lowered as it came with negatives too - committing two clumsy fouls where he was lucky not to be booked.

Six successful tackles though, was a game high! 

Mark Noble: 8/10

Started well and maintained these levels throughout, even when United enjoyed large spells with possession.

Noble did well in the centre of midfield for West Ham, when he was really needed most to thwart the likes of Pogba.
Noble did well in midfield for West Ham, when he was really needed most to thwart the likes of Pogba.

Just like his midfield partner, worked tirelessly and earned a hard-fought point - you could tell he relishes games like these, regardless of where they are in the season. Two key passes, 89.7% pass accuracy, four tackles and five interceptions. Impressive. 

Joao Mario: 6.5/10

Has shown flashes of the quality which persuaded West Ham to sign him on a loan deal back in January but also why Inter were content to let him leave! 

Three interceptions and three fouls committed, he often found himself on the periphery here and his passing accuracy (76.5%) also let him down - third worst outfield player across both teams.

Manuel Lanzini: 6.5/10

Was far from the creative Argentine's best game for West Ham, but he did okay. Completed four dribbles, was fouled on five separate occasions but also dispossessed twice and his touch let him down too often. 

This was never going to be a game where he'd be granted the freedom to roam in an attacking position and have the ball to feet regularly, but he'll learn from it nonetheless having come up against tougher opposition. 

Marko Arnautovic: 7/10

He doesn't always score, but you cannot criticise him for lack of effort. Arnautovic worked tirelessly to create chances, often by himself, as he was isolated in attack. Made three key passes but lack of support up-top stifled their efforts in the final third, largely restricting them to half-chances.

Was continually giving both Smalling and Lindelof a hard time when on the ball but perhaps spent too much time complaining about questionable officiating calls? On another day, he could have netted their match-winner. 

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Andy Carroll: 6/10

Came on to provide something different in the final third and tried, but failed to create much of note in the half-hour he was involved.

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