Jose Mourinho was sent to the stands again as Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw by West Ham at Old Trafford. The United boss was dismissed for the second time in a month after kicking a water bottle in a furious reaction to a booking for Paul Pogba.
With a 1-1 draw against West Ham United today, Manchester United have now failed to achieve a win in four consecutive league games at Old Trafford. This is the first time this has happened since Feb 1990. The Red Devils’ four successive home draws is a tournament that hasn’t happened since 1980.
United endured a disastrous start after falling behind when Diafra Sakho lost his marker and headed home Dimitri Payet’s cross with the game just two minutes old. Dimitri Payet swung in a free-kick from the right and Sakho, making just his second appearance of the season after recovering from a back injury, got ahead of Ibrahimovic to head it past De Gea.
United responded well to the setback with Pogba picking out the run of Ibrahimovic in the 21st minute and Swedish forward rose to pick the header into the net. But after the goal the Red Devils were left to rue a series of spurned opportunities as they were held to a fourth successive Premier League draw.
Manchester United possessed the majority of possession, created more than enough chances to win a game and yet still came up short against West Ham United on Sunday, thanks to visitor Keeper Randolph. It was the same old story in many respects. For phases of the game, Manchester United produced superb chances be it Rashford’s one is to one vs Randolph or Lingard’s shot, but no one could score past Darren Randolph from saving again and again. And there was almost nothing Mourinho could have asked of his players other than what they did. United’s 1-1 draw at Old Trafford means they have now failed to win a home league game since September 24 when they thrashed champions Leicester City.
The draw keeps United in sixth place but now 11 points adrift of Premier League leaders Chelsea and eight points below fourth-place Arsenal. West Ham, West Ham, meanwhile, have climbed one point away from the relegation zone with 12 points from 13 games.
Both the teams will be back at Old Trafford again on Wednesday night for an EFL Cup quarter-final clash.
Manchester United Lineup: De Gea; Valencia, Jones, Rojo, Darmian; Herrera,Pogba; Rashford (Rooney,65′), Mata (Mkhitaryan,65′), Lingard (Fellaini,85′); Ibrahimovic.
West Ham United Lineup: Randolph; Ogbonna, Collins, Kouyate; Antonio, Pedro Obiang, Noble, Cresswell; Lanzini (Ayew,74′), Payet (Feghouli, 94′); Sakho (Fletcher,66′).
|Manchester United||West Ham United|
|Shots (on target)||18(8)||6 (2)|
|Passes played (accuracy)||541(88%)||194 (69%)|
|Fouls conceded (Bookings)||3||1|