Premier League, London Stadium – West Ham United 3 Manchester United 1
A dismal week continued for Jose Mourinho as West Ham inflicted a 3-1 defeat on Manchester United at the London stadium.
The visitors came into this game on the back of a Carabao Cup exit to Derby County during the week, with a fall-out between Mourinho and Paul Pogba also making headlines for the wrong reasons. This result will only add to the misery currently around Old Trafford.
The Hammers started well and took the lead after just six minutes when Felipe Anderson got on the end of a Pablo Zabaleta cross to flick a finish past David De Gea in the Man Utd. From there, West Ham never looked back, doubling their advantage before half time, with Andriy Yarmolenko’s deflected strike ending up in the back of the net.
Man Utd looked to have found a foothold in the game when substitute Marcus Rashford clawed one back with a clever backheel volley from a corner kick. But the fightback only lasted a few minutes as Marko Arnautovic scored a third to restore West Ham’s two-goal cushion and secure three points.
TALKING POINT – Jose Mourinho gifted this game to West Ham
Right from the moment the team lineups were released this looked like being a strange performance from Man Utd. Scott McTominay was in as a centre back in a back three, with Marouane Fellaini, Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba the midfield three and Ashley Young on the right side.
This system handed the initiative to the Hammers and they used that to score twice in the first half. West Ham played well and deserved their win, but Mourinho’s tactics handed them this game on a plate.
MAN OF THE MATCH – Felipe Anderson (West Ham)
The Hammers took a grip of the game from the very start, with Anderson scoring an early opener in style, beating David De Gea with a cheeky flicked finish.
But the former Lazio playmaker’s game was about more than just this goal. He was the one who set the tempo for West Ham in the final third, dictating their play on the counter attack in the second half as well.
Anderson has taken some time to get going at his new club, with injuries restricting him, but on this showing he is starting too find his feet. Mark Noble was also impressive; it must be said, as was Arnautovic and Declan Rice.
West Ham – Fabianski 7, Zabaleta 7, Balbuena 6, Diop 5, Mauaku 6, Rice 8, Noble 8, Obiang 6, Yarmolenko 7, Arnautovic 8, Anderson 8. Subs – Snodgrass 5, Antonio 5, Diangana.
Manchester United – De Gea 5, Young 7, McTominay 5, smalling 6, Lindelof 5, Shaw 5, Matic 5, Fellaini 6, Pogba 5, Lukaku 5, Martial 7. Subs – Rashford 7, Mata 5, Fred 5.
6’ GOAL! West Ham 1-0 Manchester United: What a start for the Hammers! Zabaleta gets down the outside and squares into the box, where Anderson was on hand to finish from close range with a lovely backheel flick. Lovely stuff from West Ham!
24’ Off the post! That’s the closest Man Utd have come so far! Young gets the cross to the near post where Lukaku had got across his marker. His header is a good one, but comes off the outside of the near post.
43’ GOAL! West Ham 2-0 Manchester United: It’s two for the Hammers! The corner kick fell to Yarmolenko at the back post. He turned back and got the shot away. It picked up a wicked deflection off Smalling and ended up in the back of the net! West Ham are two up!
64’ Big, big save! Young’s cross finds Fellaini at the back post. His header is a powerful one and looks to have beaten Fabianski, but the keeper gets down to make a sensational diving save! It didn’t cross the line.
71’ GOAL! West Ham 2-1 Manchester United: Man Utd are back in the game with under 20 minutes left to play! What a goal from Rashford, who finds the back of the net with a backheel flick from a corner kick to the near post.
74’ GOAL! West Ham 3-1 Manchester United: The Man Utd counter attack didn’t last long! Noble threads Arnautovic clean through on goal, the flag stays down and the West Ham striker finds the back of the net with a calm, low finish past De Gea!
- Felipe Anderson’s opener was the first goal that Manchester United have ever conceded at the London Stadium.
- David De Gea has kept just one clean sheet in his opening seven Premier League games this season, having kept six shutouts in his opening seven games last season.
- This is now Manchester United’s worst start to a league season since 1910/11.