West Ham United beat Angers 1-0 on Friday afternoon.
The Hammers have enjoyed a strong summer, and after a draw and two wins over Championship sides Preston North End, Aston Villa and Ipswich Town, they headed to Austria.
A penalty shoot-out win over Mainz after a 1-1 draw saw West Ham win the Betway Cup, and their final game in Austria saw them take on French outfit Angers on Friday evening.
West Ham claimed a 1-0 win, as Javier Hernandez bagged the only goal of the game, converting Aaron Cresswell's cross to give Manuel Pellegrini another win ahead of the trip to Liverpool next week.
A number of West Ham players have given Pellegrini plenty to think about in terms of team selection, and he faces a major dilemma over his left back spot moving forward.
Arthur Masuaku has been West Ham's first-choice left back during pre-season, and his attacking ability has made him popular, with Pellegrini able to field the 26-year-old on the left and the similarly fast and attack-minded Ryan Fredericks on the right.
However, Cresswell is now working his way back to fitness, and he has been West Ham's regular left back since his 2014 move from Ipswich Town, and his assist for Hernandez's goal against Angers has sparked debate over who should start at left back against Liverpool.
Some West Ham fans have taken to Twitter to suggest that Cresswell should be in the side due to his greater defensive ability than Masuaku, especially against a dangerous Liverpool attack, whilst also praising his crossing ability, with others calling for Masuaku to start having impressed in pre-season under Pellegrini – and the Chilean faces a tough call at Anfield next week.
Cresswell Assist— Casey J (@CaseyJones1985) August 4, 2018
But Masuaku is better attacking go away - Cresswell is all round a better player https://t.co/oExa0t0Rjl
I know Cresswell doesn’t have Masuaku’s skill, but just look at the ball he put in for Hernandez’s goal. Masuaku just ain’t got that end product— Scott Haime (@scotthaime) August 3, 2018
Cresswell had a good game tonight and worked better with Anderson,Masuaku isn’t a defender for me although great going forward,him and Anderson would not work as they both like attacking down the left.Antonio had a really good game tonight that’s why I chose him over Yarmolenko— WESTHAM1969 (@Hammerhead2073) August 3, 2018
Both our left backs can't defend but all round Masuaku is better , since Cresswells injury he is scared to tackle— Riley (@RileyWhufc) August 3, 2018
Yep I agree but Mas has been good all of pre-season. https://t.co/AeiLcIl1Tr— West Ham Central (@WestHam_Central) August 3, 2018
Cresswell with a very solid first half would love to see him get back to his best. Him and Arthur battling for that LB when both fully on it is great choices to have. Personally still rather Masuaku at the moment— Brad Palmer (@Mr_BA6) August 3, 2018
Cresswell or Masuaku will be an interesting decision. Undoubtedly Cresswell’s delivery is much better. #COYI— Liam Hunter (@Liam_Hunter93) August 3, 2018
Glad his back masasaku is not good enough. Fair play he done a decent job last season but his not good enough for the “next level”.— richard morton (@richmorton73) August 3, 2018