Read the latest 2022 Qatar World Cup news here.

Chris Wilder critical of Said Benrahma for 'mugging off' West Ham teammate Aaron Cresswell
Photo by James Gill - Danehouse/Getty Images

Chris Wilder critical of Said Benrahma for 'mugging off' West Ham teammate Aaron Cresswell

Ex Premier League boss Chris Wilder was critical of Said Benrahma for ‘mugging off’ West Ham United teammate Aaron Cresswell in the win over Aston Villa.

West Ham consolidated their place in the Premier League’s top four with their fifth straight victory at Villa Park.

Goals from Ben Johnson, Declan Rice, Pablo Fornals and Jarrod Bowen sealed what was eventually a comfortable win after Villa had been reduced to 10 men.

One of the only players to come out of the game with a question mark against his name was Said Benrahma.

Photo by James Williamson AMA Getty Images

The Algerian has set high standards for himself with his excellent performances this season.

But he was substituted just after the hour mark with Manuel Lanzini coming on in his place.

Benrahma has flattered to deceive in some games of late.

The skilful star has showed flashes but has not been taking on his man frequently enough, instead constantly cutting inside and trying – without success – to curl shots into the top corner from outside the box.

Photo by LINDSEY PARNABY AFP via Getty Images

West Ham fans love a maverick. And Benrahma works incredibly hard for the team after adjusting his game under David Moyes.

Many Hammers fans were frustrated by aspects of his performance at Villa Park.

Analysing the game on Match of the Day 2, former Sheffield United boss Wilder waxed lyrical about all things West Ham.

But he could not hide his frustration at Benrahma continually ‘mugging off’ teammate Aaron Cresswell by ignoring his lung-busting overlaps by persistently cutting inside.

Photo by James Williamson AMA Getty Images

Ex Prem boss Chris Wilder critical of Said Benrahma for ‘mugging off’ West Ham teammate Aaron Cresswell

“How many forward runs did he (Cresswell) make by the way… overloading Benrahma yet again, for the eighth time (for the Rice goal),” Wilder said on Match of the Day 2.

“(Cresswell is) nice and calm (when he is defending), recovery run AGAIN, checks out, plays the simple pass and gets them going again. That’s a training session (box runs) to condition yourself, especially in that position (left-back) that’s his run (the overlap and the recovery).

“‘What I’ll do is, I’ll run from box to box, I’ll overload and overlap Benrahma and he’ll come on his right hand side and mug me off and then what I’ll have to do is run back past him and get myself back in!’

“I was a full-back by the way (if you can’t tell).”

Wilder made his comments with a smile. But he makes a good point and his observation echoed the sentiments of many West Ham fans posting on social media during the game.

Photo by Alex Davidson Getty Images

There were a number of occasions when playing in Cresswell for a first time cross – especially given the left-back’s brilliant delivery – was the better option but went ignored.

Moyes clearly agreed on some level and felt Lanzini would be a better bet to see the game out hence his decision to substitute Benrahma.

What Wilder did not point out, though, was that one such foray inside from Benrahma actually directly resulted in West Ham’s second goal.

Benrahma carried the ball inside and drifted along the edge of the box before laying the ball off to Rice who stuck a low shot into the corner from outside the box.

That will go down as another assist for Benrahma. And that is what he is in the team to do.

He will need to raise his game a level when Liverpool come to town, though.

More West Ham news:

Chris Wilder goes wild for ‘best around’ West Ham star and unsung teammate.

Aston Villa’s Newham generals got demoted by West Ham.

Bowen upsets big Villa fan in West Ham win but revenge tastes sweet.

Heskey backs West Ham for Champions League but Moyes has fall-back.