Zlatan Ibrahimovic who was denied his record breaking goal against AFC Bournemouth last time out by the referee – a record that could have equaled Lionel Messi’s 51 goals in a calendar year struck again against 10-man West Ham United.
The Swede international combine with team-mate, Juan Mata to extent Manchester United 13th game unbeaten run in all competition since 2013 – a record held by former manager, Alex Ferguson (18 games).
West Ham had lost none of their previous four league meetings with United but they were dealt a big blow on 15 minutes when Sofiane Feghouli, on his first start in England’s top flight, was sent off for a late tackle on Phil Jones.
United struggled to carve out many meaningful chances despite their numerical advantage – although Darren Randolph made one stunning save to deny Antonio Valencia in the first half – and the Hammers spurned a great chance to take the lead when Michail Antonio shot straight at David de Gea when clean through one-on-one.
Mata steered in a fine finish only three minutes later to compound Antonio’s frustrations before Ibrahimovic secured maximum points for United, who are back to within a point of fourth-place Arsenal, having played a game more.
Jose Mourinho men are now leveled on points with 4th-place Tottenham, the later having a game against leaders Chelsea on Wednesday.