Paul Pogba converted two penalties either side of half-time to lift Manchester United to an unconvincing 2-1 win over West Ham at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Star man Pogba beat Lukasz Fabianski for the second time in the 80th minute to snatch just a second victory in six competitive games that sends Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side back to within two points of the Premier League's top four.

West Ham had been on top after Felipe Anderson cancelled out Pogba's first-half opener and substitute Michail Antonio twice went close to giving them a late lead.

But, following Ryan Fredericks' panicked challenge on Anthony Martial in the box, Pogba's second penalty ensured the hosts rebounded from Wednesday's 1-0 loss to Barcelona and can look ahead to the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie next week with renewed optimism.

Jesse Lingard, Felipe Anderson, Kasper Schmeichel and Erik Lamela will all wear unique hand-painted boots inspired by Electronic Arts' (EA) sci-fi adventure video game Anthem from this weekend.

EA's collaboration with adidas has also involved French boot designer Pierre Navarro, who has produced the artwork adorning each of the one-of-a-kind boots.

Navarro, who has previously crafted designs for boots worn by Antoine Griezmann, Romelu Lukaku and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, was tasked with coming up with artwork inspired by the 'Javelin suits' available for players to wear in EA's Anthem game.

Each customisation is said to reflect the specific player's playing style and modelled on either the Storm, Interceptor, Ranger or Colossus suit.

Lingard's Storm design has been made to highlight his ability "inflicting damage from distance"; Anderson will wear Interceptor due to being "the most agile, equipped with lightning-fast speed"; Lamela is an "all-rounder that has strong defence and attack" to reflect the Ranger, and Schmeichel will sport Colossus as the "most powerful, commanding the combat area".

England international Lingard said: "I love that these boots are completely unique to me.

"I'm into my fashion, so to have bespoke boots is pretty special. I can't wait to get out on the pitch to see whether I can deliver some damage from long range like the Storm."

Anderson, Lamela and Schmeichel will all don their boots this weekend, with all three set to be in action on Saturday.

Manchester United's Lingard has been out injured with a hamstring problem, though, meaning he will wear Storm when he returns.

Manuel Pellegrini expects Felipe Anderson to go from strength to strength for West Ham in the second half of the Premier League campaign.

The Brazilian scored two stunning goals in the space of six second-half minutes to secure a 2-1 comeback victory for West Ham over struggling Southampton on Thursday.

Having started all 19 of his side's league games, Felipe Anderson now has eight goals to his name, and Pellegrini believes the former Lazio winger still has plenty of scope for improvement.

"I always say that Felipe is just knowing what it is to be playing in the Premier League," said the Chilean.

"In every game he is improving, it is not easy for a midfielder to score eight goals in the middle of the season, I am sure that he will continue improving in the second half."

However, Pellegrini is unsure if Felipe Anderson can be classed as the best player outside of the Premier League's top six clubs just yet.

"I don't know that," he added. "I think for me it is more important that the team plays well and that Felipe is playing well in that, in that you always need high individual performers to win."

Victory took the Hammers into the top half, having won five of their last six league outings, a remarkable turnaround after they lost their opening four games of the campaign.

But Pellegrini insists his men must take things game by game if they are to maintain their fine form.

"It depends if we keep playing in this way," he said.

"I said during the week that we needed to recover those three points that we lost at home against Watford and if we are also able to get 27 points, it was a very good first half [of the season] for us."

The Saints, meanwhile, remain just three points above the relegation zone, and boss Ralph Hasenhuttl was frustrated at how easily his side capitulated.

"The way we lost it was too easy, we didn't play such a good game," he told BBC Sport.

"If you give it away like we did then you don't deserve to win. [Their goals] were too easy."

Felipe Anderson scored a quickfire double as West Ham came from behind to beat Southampton 2-1 and end the Premier League strugglers' winning run.

Ralph Hasenhuttl's appointment has turned around Southampton's fortunes in recent weeks, leading to back-to-back victories, but, despite Nathan Redmond's scrappy opener, they met their match in the form of West Ham's Brazilian winger.

Having netted a stunning equaliser 168 seconds after Redmond's goal, Felipe Anderson doubled his tally at the culmination of a slick counter-attack before the hour mark.

Lucas Perez should have wrapped up the win, but his failure to convert from close range ultimately mattered little as West Ham held firm to claim a third successive away win for the first time since September 2015.

Danny Ings prodded into the side netting as Southampton started in buoyant mood, though West Ham would have been ahead had Perez kept his cool from Aaron Cresswell's cut-back.

But it was after the interval that the game burst into life, when – after Lukasz Fabianski had pulled off a fine save – Redmond was able to bundle home, although it seemed that Southampton's attacker used his hand to get a vital touch.

Manuel Pellegrini's men wasted no time in responding, though, and were level inside three minutes as Felipe Anderson rifled home from the edge of the box.

And the turnaround was complete in the 59th minute, Felipe Anderson lashing high into the net after latching onto Michail Antonio's precise pass, although Southampton were adamant there was a foul in the build-up.

Jannik Vestergaard prevented Perez atoning for his earlier miss soon after, but that block was not enough to spark a comeback, as Hasenhuttl suffered his second defeat as Saints boss.

 

What does it mean? Saints remain in the mire

Thanks to Burnley's defeat on Boxing Day, Southampton had the chance to move clear of the relegation zone, but they remain just three points above the 18th-place Clarets.

West Ham, meanwhile, are up into the top half, level on points with Everton and one behind Leicester City in seventh.

Felipe Anderson's flare coming to the fore

Signed for a reported £36million from Lazio in July, Felipe Anderson struggled to settle in the opening weeks of the season but is now hitting his best form and his quality could well be enough to propel West Ham towards a push for European qualification.

Injuries mounting up for the Hammers

Despite the victory, Pellegrini will be hugely concerned over West Ham's extensive injury list, with nine first-team players missing Thursday's encounter. Indeed, Pellegrini named only six substitutes, rather than the seven that are allowed.

What's next?

Southampton bring 2018 to a close by hosting champions Manchester City, who will be looking to avoid a third straight defeat. West Ham, meanwhile, face Burnley.

Javier Hernandez marked his recall to West Ham's starting XI with a brace as Manuel Pellegrini's men ended Newcastle United's winning run with a 3-0 victory at St James' Park.

After an abysmal start to the season, Newcastle had pulled clear of the Premier League relegation zone with three successive victories against Watford, Bournemouth and Burnley, sneaking above West Ham on goal difference in the process.

However, they were guilty of basic errors at both ends of the pitch on Saturday and were punished as Hernandez - making only his third start of the campaign - scored in either half.

A much-needed win for the Hammers, just their second in seven league matches, became more emphatic when Felipe Anderson added a third in injury time.

Some Newcastle supporters had planned to wait until the 11th minute to enter the stadium, in a protest against Mike Ashley's 11-year reign as owner.

Yet the arrival of those late-comers coincided with the hosts falling behind in sloppy fashion. Kenedy made little effort to prevent Robert Snodgrass crossing from the right and the winger's inswinging delivery was converted by an unmarked Hernandez.

Marko Arnautovic's intelligent movement repeatedly caused problems as Newcastle's defending remained unconvincing, although West Ham were unable to muster another effort on goal in the first half.

In fact, Newcastle should really have been level by the interval, Ayoze Perez guilty of a trio of poor finishes before an excellent Pablo Zabaleta block denied Salomon Rondon on the stroke of half-time.

Hernandez had a golden chance to double his tally in the 58th minute, only to fire into the side-netting following a delightful reverse pass from Felipe Anderson.

The Mexico forward was more clinical six minutes later as he latched on to an Arnautovic flick-on and beat Martin Dubravka at his near post with a precise finish.

Newcastle looked to have been building some momentum prior to that strike, but rarely threatened thereafter and Felipe Anderson made it 3-0 when he took a pass from fit-again substitute Jack Wilshere, rode a challenge from Fabian Schar and nutmegged Dubravka.

 

What does it mean? Great start to promising month for Hammers

This was the first of seven Premier League matches in December for West Ham and a sizeable points tally will be expected. A run of matches against Cardiff City, Crystal Palace, Fulham, Watford, Southampton and Burnley, in addition to this contest, appears to give Pellegrini's team a real opportunity to climb the table.

Arnautovic a constant threat

Hernandez will get the headlines, but Arnautovic was similarly impressive in attack for West Ham. The Austria international found space time and time again in the first half and was also at the heart of West Ham's best efforts on the counter-attack prior to his 70th-minute withdrawal.

Wasteful Perez fails to deliver

Perez endured a torrid time in front of goal during the first half, initially heading over from a corner when unmarked and then failing to hit the target with his left and right foot. He then made little impression after the break and was replaced by Joselu with 12 minutes remaining.

What’s next?

West Ham will seek to build on this success when they host Cardiff on Tuesday, while Newcastle travel to Everton 24 hours later.

 

Felipe Anderson's 74th-minute equaliser salvaged a point for West Ham as Huddersfield Town's resurgence hit a slight hurdle in a 1-1 home draw on Saturday.

Alex Pritchard looked to have given David Wagner's men a second successive victory when his sixth-minute goal, the first from a Huddersfield player at home since April, established a lead they held for over an hour.

However, an improved second half from the Hammers eventually ensured they stretched their unbeaten streak to three top-flight fixtures.

Felipe Anderson, a scorer in last weekend's 4-2 win over Burnley, was the hero as he drove home amid a goalmouth scramble.

An eventful opening 45 minutes for Lukasz Fabianski began with an expert early save from Steve Mounie's close-range header.

His reflexes were less impressive for the opener, Pritchard creeping a seemingly innocuous low shot inside the near post.

Philip Billing almost caught out the goalkeeper a second time when his misdirected cross looped against the far upright and back across the face.

The Poland international redeemed himself with another denial of Mounie in a one-on-one, before the Terriers' encouraging half ended with Chris Lowe being taken off on a stretcher after landing awkwardly on his shoulder.

Javier Hernandez's introduction at the interval should have quickly brought about an equaliser, only for the striker to nod over a point-blank rebound from Jonas Lossl's initial save.

It was instead left to Felipe Anderson to drag the visitors level with the Brazilian rifling home following a succession of blocked efforts in the box.

And Manuel Pellegrini's men might count themselves unfortunate not to have pocketed three points in the end, with Aaron Mooy to thank for blocking an Issa Diop header on the line moments after parity was restored.


What does it mean? Hope building for Huddersfield

They might have been pegged back in the end, but four points from two matches remains a confidence-boosting return for Huddersfield heading into the international break.

Lossl hit with unlucky equaliser

There was little more Lossl could do in his scrambling attempts to deny West Ham a goal that was harsh on the Terriers goalkeeper, who had been impeccable until that point.

Diop endures battles on the ball

West Ham's Diop was twice involved in turning over possession in dangerous areas during the first half. He was punished from the first, and the match did not get a whole lot better for the defender.

What's next?

Huddersfield's first assignment after the international break is a trip to Wolves, while West Ham have a fortnight to formulate a plan for Manchester City's visit.

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