West Ham United continued their impressive form from last week, and this time they took home three points against a struggling Manchester United outfit. Thanks to some inspiring performance all around the pitch, Manuel Pellegrini got better of Jose Mourinho’s lacklustre side and this might just be the trigger of another sacking for the Portuguese boss.
West Ham lineup (4-4-2): Lukasz Fabianski; Pablo Zabaleta, Fabian Balbuena, Issa Diop, Arthur Masuaku; Declan Rice; Andriy Yarmolenko (Robert Snodgrass, 72′), Mark Noble, Pedro Obiang, Felipe Anderson (Grady Diangana, 90’+2′); Marko Arnautovic (Michail Antonio, 83′).
Manchester United lineup (4-3-1-2): David De Gea; Ashley Young, Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof (Marcus Rashford, 57′), Luke Shaw; Scott McTominay, Nemanja Matic, Marouane Fellaini; Paul Pogba (Fred, 70′); Romelu Lukaku, Anthony Martial (Juan Mata, 70′).
Goal: Anderson (6′), Lindelof (OG, 43′), Rashford (71′), Arnautovic (74′).
Yellow card: Young (78′)
The home side started brilliantly and did not give United any breathing space at all. The reward was imminent. Within six minutes, thanks to a brilliant move through Noble and Zabaleta, Anderson got the first goal for West Ham. It was a well-taken backheel from the Brazilian and it left De Gea stranded to his spot.
Manchester United did not find enough joy throughout the first half. The only chance came around 25th minute, when a delicate cross from Young met Lukaku whose header defeated Fabianski but ricocheted off the post. The Hammers then doubled their advantage in the final minutes of the first half. This time, a shot from Yarmolenko got huge deflection off Lindelof and rolled into the goal to make it 2-0.
The visitors tried to get back in the second half. Mourinho introduced three attacking substitutions to turn the tides. It started to pay off when Rashford guided a Shaw corner nicely into the West Ham goal. But, that comeback was short-lasting as Arnautovic, coming back from injury, netted the third for the hosts. Noble was the architect, as he fed the striker with a magnificent through-ball and the Austrian needed to beat De Gea on a one-on-one situation. He made no mistake to score his fourth of the season and that ensured a 3-1 victory for West Ham United.
West Ham vs Manchester United stats:
|West Ham||Manchester United|
|Shots (on target)||8 (3)||9 (4)|
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