Pogba brace inspires United win over West Ham.


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A pair of penalties from Paul Pogba either side of half time inspired Manchester United to a 2-1 win over West Ham on Saturday in the Premier League.

United will have every reason to thank De Gea for the win as his stunning saves prevented West Ham from scoring more than one goal.

The first Paul Pogba penalty goal came in  the first half after good work from Martial and Mata as Mata was fouled just outside the box, but the referee pointed to the spot. Up stepped Pogba to convert, 1-0 to United.

West Ham got the equalizer in the second half from Felipe Anderson.

Anthony Martial was felled in the West Ham box in the second half and the referee pointed to the spot again, and Pogba converted again.

West Ham will feel they could have gotten a draw from the match.

Felipe Anderson’s 10th minute goal incorrectly ruled out for offside before Man Utd were awarded a questionable penalty seven minutes later, converted by Paul Pogba.

Only Ruud van Nistelrooy (8 in 2002-03) has scored more penalties in a single Premier League campaign for Man Utd than Paul Pogba (7) this season.

Antonio rattled the crossbar at the other end before David de Gea brilliantly denied the Hammers winger a minute later.

In the end it was Paul  Pogba who had the final say, the France midfielder dispatching the winner after Fredericks, on as a substitute three minutes earlier, scythed down Martial as the winger shaped to shoot.

United held on to all three points to bolster  their top four chase.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side go above Arsenal into fifth spot, with the Gunners playing Watford on Monday Night Football, while West Ham have lost their third successive Premier League game and remain in 11th.

West Ham return to action next Saturday as they host Leicester City.

United travel to Camp Nou midweek to face Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League second leg quarter final.

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