By Dean White

19th Sep, 2021 | 2:42pm

Alan Smith slams Said Benrahma in first half of West Ham v Manchester United

Said Benrahma’s shot may have handed West Ham the lead against Manchester United on Sunday but it wasn’t a flawless first half from the Algerian.

Around 28 minutes into the game, 26-year-old Benrahma could have played in Aaron Cresswell down the left-flank to give the Hammers a good chance of getting a ball into the box.

However, Benrahma’s pass was really sloppy and went out for a throw-in, attracting criticism from Sky Sports pundit Alan Smith.

Speaking on Sky Sports Premier League, Smith said: “It looked a simple enough pass that.

“[That was] unlike him.”

He definitely made up for it

Benrahma may have wasted what was a good attacking situation in that moment but he certainly made up for it not long later.

Benrahma handed the Hammers the lead with a shot from outside of the penalty area.

Whether or not it will go down as an own goal remains to be seen as the Algerian playmaker’s effort took a massive deflection off of Rafael Varane.

However, if you don’t buy a ticket for the lottery, you can’t win it and Benrahma has been rewarded for his ambition.

It was a good first half by David Moyes’ side.

Lukasz Fabianski has had to make some good saves while Vladimir Coufal and Kurt Zouma have had to defend well too.

In the attack, we’re creating chances but we’re definitely missing Michail Antonio.

Let’s see what the second half will produce.

In other West Ham news, Stan Collymore claims the Irons will want to sign this “unbelievable” player who could be on the move in January.

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