Man City vs West Ham 2017- Post Match Analysis, Thoughts and Report

Angelo Ogbonna scored his first ever Premier League goal, but a gutsy West Ham side were eventually beaten by Man City, who equalled Chelsea and Arsenal’s record of thirteen consecutive wins in the same Premier League season with this hard fought 2-1 victory at the Etihad.

Both sides made four changes for this clash. City boss Pep Guardiola, with one eye on the upcoming Manchester derby, opted not to risk Vincent Kompany and Fernandinho, both of whom were a booking away from a potential ban.

For West Ham, Adrian made his first start in goal in place of Joe Hart, who was ineligible to play against his parent club as per the terms of his loan deal. With Winston Reid joining the injured list, David Moyes opted for three at the back, with Aaron Cresswell joining Ogbonna and youngster Declan Rice. Pablo Zabaleta captained the club for the first time ever, and Arnautovic, Ayew and Sakho were all left on the bench as Michail Antonio started alone upfront. [Read more…]

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…]