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West Ham had Sofiane Feghouli controversially sent off as United closed the gap to the top four with a 2-0 win.

In the 15th minute, Feghouli and Phil Jones both went into a tackle hard. Feghouli didn’t make a reaction but, Jones rolled around. Because of that, referee Mike Dean felt that Feghouli deserved a red card and sent him off. This sparked fury amongst the supporters and Slave Bilic and from then on, whenever Jones touched the ball he got booed. Feghouli has since had his red card overturned.

After the sending off United should’ve gone in front, but Antonio Valencia somehow missed from a couple of yards out when he had half the goal to aim out. He shot straight at Darren Randolph. Then, from the follow-up Jesse Lingard somehow hit the post from the same position as Valencia. Even though they were down to ten men, West Ham showed some spirit and tested David de Gea in goal. He twice saved from Manuel Lanzini and Michael Antonio missed with a glancing header. Also Antonio went through on goal, but De Gea saved. 

In the second half, the game changed when Marcus Rashford and Juan Mata came on. In the 63rd minute, Rashford ran past the defender before cutting back for Mata to slot in. In the 78th minute, Pedro Obiang tried to clear, but it rebounded off Ander Herrera to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who was offside but, he slotted into the net without being given offside. 

United are now only three points off third-placed Tottenham, three points off fourth-placed Man City, and two points off fifth-placed Arsenal. They have now won six league games and seven in all competitions in a row and are 13 games unbeaten in all competitions, which is massive improvement.

Next up for United are Reading at home on Saturday at 12:30, before playing Liverpool at home in the league on Sunday, the 15th of January. Hopefully they can carry on their winning form