Manchester United 2-1 West Ham United: Wayne Rooney scores and gets sent off

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Wayne Rooney was on target for Manchester United against West Ham United in their 2-1 home win in the Premier League, but he was dismissed in the second half.

Manchester United returned to winning ways in the Premier League on Saturday when they edged past West Ham United 2-1 at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils headed into the clash on the back of a shock 5-3 defeat to Leicester City at the King Power Stadium last weekend.

However, United showed no signs of feeling the blues against the Hammers as they took the lead after just five minutes when Wayne Rooney turned in Rafael da Silva’s cross.

Angel di Maria had a chance to double the hosts’ advantage on 17 minutes, while James Tomkins’s header went wide for West Ham a couple of minutes later.

United went 2-0 up midway through the first half when Radamel Falcao released Robin van Persie to shoot home from close range.

West Ham, though, did not collapse and pulled one back going into the half-time interval, Diafra Sakho heading in from close range.

Sakho had a shot saved by United goalkeeper David de Gea in the opening minutes of the second half, before Rooney was sent off just before the hour mark for a rash challenge.

United almost conceded the equaliser soon after when Sakho headed towards goal from Stewart Downing’s cross, but his effort went side of De Gea’s goal.

Louis van Gaal’s side held on for the remainder of the game and picked up all three points to maintain their challenge for a top-four finish in the Premier League.

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