Manchester United 4-0 West Ham- Analysis, Match Report and Thoughts

This was always going to be a tough start to the new Premier League season. The second season in Jose Mourinho’s tenure in his managerial stints so far has always been good for the Portuguese gaffer, and with the Red Devils’ attack spearheaded by a striker who loves to score against West Ham for fun, it perhaps came as no surprise that the visitors ended on the wrong side of a 4-0 scoreline.

West Ham sorely missed the creativity of Manuel Lanzini in attack and the pace of Michail Antonio. United were too good for them, especially in the centre of the park, where the trio of Paul Pogba, Juan Mata and new signing Nemanja Matic outclassed Mark Noble, Pedro Obiang and Edimilson Fernandes.

United dominated the early stages of the game and Mata had two good chances to put them ahead, but the Spaniard failed to make the most of both chances. West Ham held out for half an hour, but the goal came, and it was new signing Matic who was at the heart of it. The Serbian dispossessed Pedro Obiang in midfield and United launched a blistering counter attack in midfield through the speedy Marcus Rashford. Not content with having initiated the move, Matic also ran a clever support line that kept Winston Reid in suspense, and it was enough to give Romelu Lukaku space to score on his OT debut. [Read more…]

Carabao Cup Second Round Draw- West Ham to play Cheltenham Town away

West Ham will play their second round EFL Cup game away at Cheltenham. The Hammers were originally supposed to host the fixture, but received special dispensation to play the game away owing to the time required to get the London Stadium back in shape after the World Athletics Championships.

The Hammers will therefore have to pay Cheltenham compensation, as receipts from EFL Cup clashes are shared 50-50 and the 54,000 strong London Stadium would obviously attract a larger crowd than CTFC’s Whaddon Road, which can accommodate around 7,000 spectators. [Read more…]

Masuaku earns maiden DR Congo call up

Talented left back Arthur Masuako has earned his maiden DR Congo call up after coach Florent Ibenge named him in his 36 member squad for the country’s key qualifiers against Tunisia in September. The 23 year old has represented France at junior level (he was born in Lille), but pledged his international allegiance to DR Congo earlier this year. [Read more…]

Man Utd v West Ham- Hammers face tough opening game

West Ham United will look to put a disappointing 2016/17 season behind them when they travel to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United in the opening game of the new 2017/18 season.

The Hammers, seventh in 2015/16 with 62 points, finished a disappointing 11th last season, picking up just 45 points from 38 games. Their inaugural season at the London Stadium was therefore a forgettable one, and manager Slaven Bilic has moved to significantly bolster his squad in the summer window.

One of those signings, Javier Hernandez, is a former Manchester United player, and will make his Hammers bow against his old club at the Theatre of Dreams. This is the third straight year that West Ham are starting their new league campaign away at one of the Premier League’s traditional big four- they won 2-0 away at Arsenal in 2015/16 and lost 2-1 at Stamford Bridge to Chelsea last season. [Read more…]

Chicharito confirmed! West Ham complete Javier Hernandez signing

West Ham have officially confirmed the signing of striker Javier Hernandez from Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen. The Mexican international, top scorer at the Bay Arena for the last two seasons, has put pen to paper a three year contract at the London Stadium, with the Hammers paying the Werkself £16m for his services.

The signing of Hernandez is the latest in the list of high profile signings to be made by the Hammers this summer, with Pablo Zabaleta, Joe Hart and Marko Arnautovic the other big name arrivals at the London Stadium.

Interestingly enough, West Ham’s first game of the season is against Hernandez’s old club Manchester United [Read more…]

Hammers complete Arnautovic signing

West Ham have officially completed the signing of Marko Arnautovic from Stoke City, with the Austrian international becoming the Irons’ record signing as Slaven Bilic seeks to bolster his side ahead of the new Premier League season.

The 28 year old has moved for a fee of £20m, with a further £5m potentially payable in addons to the Potters, taking the total value of the deal to £25m.

Stoke signed Arnautovic four years ago from Bundesliga outfit Werder Bremen for just £2.3m.

Here are some quotes from Marko while putting pen to paper a five year contract [Read more…]

Randolph opts for Boro switch

Following the arrival of Joe Hart on loan from Man City, Darren Randolph has opted to further his career in the Championship after agreeing an £5m switch to Middlesbrough.

Randolph competed with Adrian for a position under the sticks at the London Stadium and while he had his good moments, he didn’t exactly inspire confidence among Hammers fans.

A key reason for Randolph’s departure was the 2018 World Cup, with the 30 year old keen for regular football in order to stay as Ireland’s No.1 ahead of Keiren Westwood. [Read more…]