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West Ham secure safety with Old Trafford draw

22 Jul 2020
Manchester United v West Ham United

Michail Antonio scores from the spot as the Hammers earn a point at Man Utd to guarantee Premier League football next season

West Ham United confirmed their Premier League safety with a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford, a result which leaves Manchester United needing a point on the final day to secure a top-four finish.

David Moyes's side began brightly as Michail Antonio went close before Mason Greenwood had a shot blocked at the other end.

Just before half-time, Antonio opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Paul Pogba was adjudged to have handled Declan Rice's shot following a Video Assistant Referee review.

The hosts intensified their pressure after the break and on 51 minutes, Greenwood struck a crisp shot into the bottom corner after cleverly exchanging passes with Anthony Martial.

Jarrod Bowen's deflected effort was well saved by David De Gea and Rice blasted a shot fractionally wide and high as West Ham continued to threaten, before Man Utd substitute Odion Ighalo fired just wide inside the final 10 minutes.

Man Utd are third on 63 points, level with Chelsea, who were defeated 5-3 by champions Liverpool later in the evening. West Ham are now 15th on 38 points and mathematically safe.

See: Man Utd report | West Ham report

Race for top four

Pos Team Pl GD Pts
3 MUN 38 +30 66
4 CHE 38 +15 66
5 LEI 38 +26 62
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Next fixtures

Man Utd: 26 July v Leicester (A)
West Ham: 26 July v Aston Villa (H)

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