Pellegrini pleased with ‘a good week’ for the Hammers

West Ham United 3-1 Manchester United – Reaction

Brian Jeeves reporting from the London Stadium

Turning the clock back to September 29, 2018, and an eye-catching display from Manuel Pellegrini’s Hammers against Jose Mourinho’s stuttering Manchester United side…

MANUEL PELLEGRINI reflected positively on a week which has seen his side move clear of the Premier League relegation zone and make emphatic Carabao Cup progress.

Speaking after goals from Felipe Anderson, Andriy Yarmolenko and Marko Arnautovic had helped the Hammers to a notable 3-1 victory over Manchester United at the London Stadium, the Chilean said: “Yes, a good week. A good week because we had to play three games here against Chelsea, the cup game and now against Manchester United. And I think they before we started this week after we beat Everton we continued talking with the players exactly the same way as we did when we lost the first four games.

“So it is just not the result, but believing in the way that we work – and the players always believe – would bring results.

Pellegrini continued: “I always tell the players that if you want a good performance as a team you need to give high performances. It is very difficult to be a good team. We will review today, I think the two centre-backs worked very well, Mark (Noble) played well, Rice played well, Arnautovic played well, Felipe (Anderson) played well, Yarmolenko scored and the full-backs were involved in attacking. I think that as a team we defended well and we attacked well.”

Meanwhile, United boss, Jose Mourinho, bemoaned several decisions from the officials, saying: “I think we need a good start and we didn’t have that good start.

“After the result on Tuesday the team obviously need positive things, it needs positive feelings and to start losing after five minutes is not that positive start that you need.

“It’s an offside (first goal), it’s an offside goal, but no VAR. Last Tuesday VAR, the goals would be disallowed. No VAR, the linesman made his mistake and we were punished with that goal and I think that the team felt it deeply.

On the third goal, Mourinho added: “This time it was a refereeing mistake, not a linesman mistake. But we are not very good in transition. We are not a team that is good when we lose possession and the other team counter-attack.

“OK, this time it was a foul. Zabaleta doesn’t see the ball,
Zabaleta only goes for Marcus Rashford – pulls – Mr Oliver decided the other way. But then we were not good enough to stop the counter-attack with the third goal. It was just too much for a team that needed more time at 2-1 to look for the possible second goal.”

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Brian Jeeves

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