Hammers must start to believe they can take on the top four

Brian Jeeves

Manchester United 1-0 West Ham United

It’s probably a measure of how far West Ham United have come that they are undoubtedly kicking themselves over this tame defeat at Old Trafford.

Craig Dawson’s own goal eight minutes after the restart settled the contest, but it was a slow, cautious approach from the visitors which was perhaps unnecessary taking into account their recent form which has seen them rise to within the cusp of the Champions League places.

Lukasz Fabianksi turned Mason Greenwood’s effort onto the foot of an upright, while Marcus Rashford also threatened as United asked the first-half questions.

Greenwood again hit the woodwork after the restart and it was only after Dawson had diverted Bruno Fernandes’ flag-kick beyond Fabianski that the East Londoners began to show.

The introduction of Manuel Lanzini and Said Benrahma gave the home side a little more to think about, but ultimately the Hammers had only a Tomas Soucek half-chance – blocked by Luke Shaw to show for their meagre efforts.

Hammers boss, David Moyes cut a frustrated figure: “I don’t know about a missed opportunity but what it was was a chance to pick up three points which we did not do tonight so overall I don’t think we did enough to earn it,” the Scotsman explained.

“We came close to something near the end but overall I wasn’t convinced with our performance tonight.

“It was really poor. When we broke in the first-half I thought our play was really poor when we were breaking in the first-half and that led to our poor, and that led to not having sustained attacks and we could not keep it so our play on the break was really poor.”

Moyes suggested his side hadn’t executed the gameplan, adding: “Parts of it we did okay but not so well, I was disappointed with quite a lot of aspects and so that’s why we made the changes.”

West Hamm United return to Premier League action on Sunday, March 21 when Arsenal visit the London Stadium (3pm).

Manchester United: Henderson, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire (Capt), Shaw, McTominay, Fred, Greenwood, Fernandes, James, Rashford Subs not used: Grant, Bishop, Bailly, Telles, Williams, Tuanzebe, Matic, Diallo, Shoretire

West Ham United: Fabianski, Dawson, Diop, Cresswell, Coufal, Rice, Soucek, Johnson (Benrahma 61’), Noble (Capt) (Lanzini 61’), Antonio, Bowen Subs not used: Martin, Trott, Balbuena, Alves, Coventry, Odubeko

Referee: Chris Kavanagh
Assistants: Gary Beswick and Sian Massey-Ellis.
Fourth Official: Martin Atkinson
VAR: Jonathan Moss
Assistant VAR: Nick Hopton


Brian Jeeves

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