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De Gea error proves costly as Man Utd beaten by excellent West Ham

A calamitous error by David De Gea condemned Manchester United to a 1-0 loss against West Ham at the London Stadium which leaves their top-four hopes in jeopardy.

Said Benrahma's tame, long-range effort in the first half should have been a routine save for the goalkeeper but, despite getting a hand to it, he was unable to stop it from bobbling over the line.

Manchester United, beaten 1-0 by Brighton last time out and only a point ahead of fifth-placed Liverpool, appeared in control of the game before De Gea's mistake but could ultimately have lost by a greater margin, with the hosts dominating much of the second half as they took a huge step towards Premier League survival.

David Moyes' side created numerous chances and were also denied what looked a clear penalty on the stroke of half-time when Victor Lindelof's handball went unnoticed by on-pitch referee Peter Bankes and VAR Stuart Attwell decided not to intervene.

The decision ensured Erik ten Hag's side remained in the game but West Ham withstood late pressure to claim a deserved victory which was Moyes' first over Manchester United since his spell in charge of the club. The result takes the Hammers move to 37 points, easing their relegation fears in 15th.

Manchester United, meanwhile, remain in fourth place and, while they still have a game in hand on Liverpool, their stuttering form has thrown the top-four race open

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