Own goal helps Man Utd edge past Hammers

Tomas Soucek of West Ham United clears the ball whilst under pressure from Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Manchester United and West Ham United at Old Trafford on March 14, 2021 in Manchester, England.

Manchester United needed a Craig Dawson own goal to overcome West Ham and strengthen their grip on a Champions League place.

On loan from Watford, Dawson has been outstanding in the Hammers' push for a top-four slot but settled the contest in the wrong way at the start of the second half as he turned Bruno Fernandes' corner into his own net under pressure from Scott McTominay at the near post.

Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood also went close in a one-sided contest as West Ham failed to threaten until Said Benrahma's introduction after an hour.

When the visitors finally pushed forward, Luke Shaw got in the way of Tomas Soucek's goalbound shot as United kept a fourth successive clean sheet for the first time under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The result kept United in second but with the teams from fourth to seventh all failing to win this weekend, they now have a nine-point advantage over West Ham, who remain fifth, but do have a match in hand.

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