Alongside Bruno Fernandes, Mason Greenwood was sent on by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in an attempt to rescue our Carabao Cup campaign.
Neither of the influential pair could drag United back into the cup clash but it wasn’t for a lack of trying.
Within seconds of coming off the bench, Greenwood made a darting run in behind the West Ham defence only to be denied by Alphonse Areola.
It was a good ball from Donny van de Beek and the 19-year-old’s effort brought Old Trafford to life.
It was the type of run and desire that United fans had been begging Anthony Martial to produce, but the Frenchman failed to take his chance to impress and instead gave a lacklustre performance.
Greenwood petrified West Ham
Ben Johnson was the man tasked with stopping Greenwood, who made a real difference since springing from the bench.
Every time Greenwood got on the ball he was driving at West Ham putting them on the back foot and defenders didn’t know whether he was cutting inside or chopping back onto his right foot.
There was a real urgency from the academy graduate to get his side back in to the game.
Across his 30 minutes on the pitch, Greenwood had two shots, one of which was on target and also created three chances, the joint-highest on the pitch (WhoScored).
The England international had 18 touches which was half the amount Martial amassed across the full 90 minutes.
Following the Carabao Cup exit and with Marcus Rashford and Edinson Cavani still waiting to return, it’s hard to see when Martial will next get a start.
In comparison, Greenwood’s influence and importance to the United side continues to grow.
The West Ham defenders were probably relieved that it was Martial starting up front and not Greenwood.
As it stands it looks like Martial’s and Greenwood’s United careers are taking different trajectories.
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