West Ham defender Aaron Cresswell was only drafted into the side to replace Arthur Masuaku. With Masuaku suspended, Manuel Pellegrini had to start Cresswell at left-back against Manchester United.
But Cresswell made a major impact on the game, scoring a goal and contributing to a clean sheet. This silenced a lot of critics and it was an important performance on a personal level.
Here, Hammers News takes a look at his statistics from the game (sourced via WhoScored) to analyse his performance. The figures show that Pellegrini has a selection dilemma eahd of next weekend’s clash with Bournemouth.
Aaron Cresswell: Performance in numbers
Cresswell returned with a flourish and his free-kick was his most notable contribution. The ex-Ipswich defender took one as a sighter and then buried his next chance into David De Gea’s top corner.
Aside from his goal, though, Cresswell offers less than Masuaku going forward. Masuaku is a naturally attack-minded left-back but Cresswell did not manage to find a target with any of his four crosses. He was also dispossessed three times and he had one unsuccessful touch.
Defensively, Cresswell was solid. Man United threw numbers forward going for the equaliser but Cresswell’s second-half performance helped West Ham to a third consecutive clean sheet.
With three tackles, two clearances and one interception, the 29-year-old kept things tight at the back. As question marks loom over Masukau’s defending, Cresswell offers Pellegrini a different option at left-back.
Cresswell was very involved in the game. As well as scoring and contributing defensively, he also had 83 touches – more than any other Hammer. This has certainly given Pellegrini food for thought.