Michail Antonio in 4/10 shocker as Said Benrahma shines - West Ham United player ratings v Man United
West Ham fell to a 3-1 defeat against Manchester United in the fifth round of the FA Cup at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.
The Hammers were in control in the first half and should have taken the lead when Michail Antonio was put through on goal from Benrahma’s tremendous through pass but David De Gea pulled off an easy save 1v1 up against the Jamaican international who lacked confidence.
But an own goal from Nayef Aguerd, Alejandro Garnacho’s 90th-minute strike and a stoppage-time finish from Fred knocked the Hammers out of the FA Cup.
Here are West Ham Zone‘s player ratings for the game…
Alphonse Areola – 7/10
Many Hammers fans are baffled as to how Areola is not a first XI goalkeeper as he rarely lets David Moyes down when called upon. The club will be silly not to tie him down to a new deal and make him the club’s new no.1 when Fabianski hangs up his boots. Assured performance.
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Ben Johnson – 6/10
There’s a reason Johnson is one of the most reliable defenders at the club, and the academy product put in a terrific and solid showing up against Alejandro Garnacho. Everything the Argentine threw against him, he ushered out with superb control, aggression and defensive assurance. Really proving his worth to David Moyes in recent matches.
Nayef Aguerd – 5/10
The Moroccan was tremendous up until his own goal, and was rather unlucky it came off him as he rose above everyone else for the Manchester United set-piece. And he gave away another poor goal as Fred rounded off an unlucky defeat for the Hammers. Aguerd will want to quickly move on from these late lapses, but he still remains a crucial player for Moyes in the coming weeks.
Angelo Ogbonna – 6/10
Solid showing up against Wout Weghorst and certainly proving to the Hammers lately why he deserves a new contract at the London Stadium. Like Aguerd, he will be pivotal for Moyes in the coming weeks. Mr Reliable.
Emerson – 6/10
Emerson has been a crucial component for Moyes at left-back and proved just why again showing his defensive qualities and could have well had an assist to go with his good performance if it wasn’t for the laziness of his attacking teammates.
Lucas Paqueta – 8/10
Ran the show in the middle of the park alongside Rice and remains one of Moyes’ most innovative and progressive players in midfield. Made Old Trafford his oyster for much of the game with an assured and efficient showing.
Declan Rice – 7/10
Captain Fantastic. Received criticism from Roy Keane before the game who said he doesn’t record goals and assists for a defensive midfielder which he doesn’t need to do. Kept things ticking over in the middle of the park and proved why he is one of the best around in the country.
Tomas Soucek – 6/10
Wreaked havoc in the opposition box all game, and showed just how much of a threat he can be for Moyes on his day. It’s been a difficult campaign for the Czech international but he proved he still has a future at the London Stadium. Needs to do better in possession, though.
Pablo Fornals – 5/10
Fairly quiet for much of the game and couldn’t get involved in any of the Hammers’ attacking play but could have assisted a second soon after Benrahma’s strike with a brilliant volleyed cross which flew right across Manchester United’s goal. Came off for Bowen in the 74th minute.
Michail Antonio – 4/10
Antonio really isn’t great at 1v1 chances v goalkeepers and that reigned true in the first half as he allowed David De Gea an easy save when put through on goal by Said Benrahma and another in the second half after some good wing play to speed past Lisandro Martinez. Last season, he may have finished that for sure. A player lacking confidence right now. Poor.
Said Benrahma – 9/10
Arguably West Ham’s best performer, recording two key passes and creating one big chance for Antonio. The Algerian showed some silky touches and gave Diogo Dalot a run for his money on the left flank, creating openings and opportunities on the counter for the Hammers. And got his deserved rewards in the second half with a superb curling effort into the top corner to give his side the lead.
Jarrod Bowen – N/A
Gianluca Scamacca – N/A