West Ham recalled Arthur Masuaku at left-back for Saturday evening’s trip to Manchester United.
With Aaron Cresswell absent, Masuaku stepped in at left-back and many fans were worried prior to the game.
Masuaku has received criticism from West Ham fans in the past for some erratic performances in that position.
The DR Congo international’s concentration has been questioned and Cresswell has taken the starting left-back spot in recent months.
However, Masuaku silenced a few doubters with an impressive performance at Old Trafford as West Ham fell to a desperately unlucky 2-1 loss.
Arthur Masuaku vs. Manchester United
Masuaku’s performance in numbers (statistics acquired via Who Scored) showed just how well he played against Manchester United.
The 25-year-old’s defensive work limited Man United’s threat. His total of five tackles was the most by a West Ham player. And he also won two aerial duels and made one clearance.
Masuaku was a threat going forward, too. With 82 touches, he was always in the game. He completed four dribbles (more than any other West Ham player) and completed 56 passes at a success rate of just under 90 per cent.
Here are some tweets praising Masuaku for his performance on Saturday.
Good to see you back @ArthurMasuaku looked like a machine mate 👏⚒
— Luke Barnett⚒COYI’S⚒ (@LukeBar81276466) April 14, 2019
Well done by far one of our best players today.
— Adam H (@Huss_E7) April 14, 2019
Masuaku was the nuts today… Primarily defended and that’s what was most important. For me on this form he’s better than cressy
— AJC (@AJ041987) April 13, 2019
One of your best performances big man 👍🏼 keep it up, stay consistent ⚒
— Rob Waldon WHUFC ⚒ (@RobWaldon) April 13, 2019
Outstanding today Arthur, really good to see you back to your best.
— Chris. (@lammie29) April 13, 2019
Brilliant today mate keep it up, praise is due when it’s due ⚒⚒
— Matt (@oksMATT) April 13, 2019
Quality performance from you today ❤️⚒
— fcmarknoble (@fcmarknoble) April 13, 2019
You stood out today Arthur. What a shift you put in. Not one foot put wrong all match.
— Tom Wright (@tomasamericano) April 13, 2019