West Ham played Manchester United on Saturday and Manuel Pellegrini named a unique substitutes’ bench.

Every single outfield player on the bench against Man United had scored in midweek.

This bizarre stat has surely not been seen before. But it highlights just how strong West Ham’s squad is at the moment.

Other than goalkeeper Adrian, the other six players were on the score sheet in the midweek 8-0 win over Macclesfield Town.

Here are those players and what they can offer West Ham.

Ryan Fredericks

Fredericks is not renowned for his goal scoring ability. But he took his chance fantastically well last Wednesday.

The right-back charged into the box and powered a shot into the top corner.

At the weekend, he sat on the bench as he is deputising for Pablo Zabaleta. You imagine the 25-year-old is more of a long-term replacement for Zabaleta.

Angelo Ogbonna

Ogbonna has grabbed a fair few goals during his time at West Ham. Last Wednesday, he arrived in the box and headed into the net.

This weekend, he had to watch on as yet again Issa Diop and Fabian Balbuena dominated at centre-half.

The Italian is a very good alternative to have if one of Diop or Balbuena gets injured.

Robert Snodgrass

Snodgrass’ revival at West Ham has been a lesson for all players.

This time last year, he had been alienated, publicly criticised by the board and looked set for the exit.


However, the Scotland international has fought his way back into first-team contention and he is performing well.

Snodgrass followed up his two-goal cameo in midweek with a substitute appearance against Man United, helping to keep possession and run down the clock.

Grady Diangana

Grady Diangana marked his West Ham debut with a brace last Wednesday. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Diangana was rewarded for his two-goal display against Macclesfield with a place on the first-team bench.

It was Diangana’s debut but he looked at home, terrorising the Macclesfield defence and netting twice late on.

On Saturday, the 20-year-old was an injury time introduction, getting his first taste of Premier League football.

The future is bright with Diangana hoping for more opportunities.

Michail Antonio

Antonio does come in for criticism but he is a decent squad player to have.

He kick-started the goal scoring against the Silkmen with a fine header and his pace, strength and work rate have previously shot fear into the opposition.

The pace and work rate have since decreased but on his day, he is a handful.

Lucas Perez

West Ham fans would have been delighted to see Perez get on the score sheet last week.

The Spaniard, a summer arrival from Arsenal, scored a neat volley with his left foot in the first-half.

With Javier Hernandez out with illness, the 30-year-old is a good striker to have as back-up and he can operate out wide too.

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