West Ham win hearts, but not points- Manchester United 2-1 WHUFC Post Match Analysis & Talking Points

West Ham put in one of their best away performances of the season but still ended up on the wrong side of the scoreline as Manchester United prevailed 2-1 at Old Trafford thanks to a pair of penalties from Paul Pogba. Here are our talking points from the game.

West Ham won hearts, but not points: Going into the game, no one expected Manchester United, even if they rested several first team regulars, to be really troubled by West Ham. The Hammers had been awful (to put it mildly!) on the road in the lead up to this game, and had scored only one goal in their last seven away games in the league.

Instead the Hammers dominated possession, had more passes (519 to United’s 373), shots and touches of the ball, and a whopping 11 corners in comparison to United’s three.

If they had VAR and a little more luck, they might’ve even been able to register their first league double over the Red Devils since the 2006/07 season. As it transpired, two soft moments of defending lead to their downfall, and United- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted as much after the game, were lucky to take all three points.

Manuel Lanzini went off injured at the wrong time: The little Argentine will be the first to tell you that he’s not been at his best since returning from injury. Given his long layoff, that’s perhaps understandable. He started on the left side of Pellegrini’s 4-2-3-1 formation at Old Trafford, with Felipe Anderson taking the right. Lanzini was instrumental in West Ham’s equaliser, and just as he was beginning to get into the game, he had to be taken off. It robbed the Hammers of some of their momentum and a player who could’ve been key to unlocking the United defence. [Read more…]

Manchester United v West Ham Pundit Predictions- Can the Hammers do a league double over the Red Devils?

West Ham will be looking to complete a league double over Manchester United when they square off against Ole Gunnar Solskajer’s men at Old Trafford later this evening. United have lost four of their last five under the Norwegian, and come into this fixture on the back of a midweek defeat to Barcelona in the Champions League.

West Ham were well beaten 2-0 by Chelsea last Monday. They had their moments in the game, especially in the second half, but were ultimately no match for the brilliance for Belgian forward Eden Hazard, who scored a brace.

The referee for this game is Graham Scott, under whom United have never lost a game (P3 W3). West Ham’s last game under him was that dreadful 2-0 loss to Cardiff City last month.

What do the pundits think of West Ham’s chances at Old Trafford? Let’s take a look.

Mark Lawrenson: Lawro says that United’s defeat against Barca showed how far off the pace the Red Devils were in Europe, but reckons they will be too strong for the Hammers. Has gone for a 2-0 win to United. [Read more…]

West Ham 3-1 Manchester United 2018 Analysis and Match Report

West Ham pick up their second win of the season and pushed Jose Mourinho closer to the exit door after beating Man Utd 3-1 at the London Stadium. The Hammers had won only one of their previous 19 games against United, a side that has traditionally had the better of the Irons, but were good value for their win here, with the Red Devils looking a pale shadow of their former selves.

While Manuel Pellegrini stuck to the 4-1-4-1 formation that has seen an upturn in his side’s fortunes [Read more…]

West Ham v Manchester United predictions- What do the pundits say?

After an encouraging draw against Chelsea last week and a 8-0 thumping of Macclesfield Town on Wednesday, West Ham will be hopeful of a positive result when they take on Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United at home in Round 7’s first kickoff.

United were knocked out of the League Cup in midweek on penalties by Derby County, with more rumours circulating about a fall out between manager Jose Mourinho and star midfielder Paul Pogba after a video of the two at the club’s Carrington training ground emerged on Wednesday.

United were held to a 1-1 draw at home against Wolves last weekend in the Premier League, and already eight points behind leaders Liverpool.

Here is what the pundits predicted for West Ham v Manchester United

Mark Lawrenson: Lawro reckons that United will want to “show people what they are about” and says the Red Devils will win 2-0. He also adds that West Ham will come at United, which will play into the latter’s hands.

Lawro’s celeb opponent this weekend, Karl Pilkington, has said that supporting United currently is “like having a tortoise as a pet“- not entertaining to watch, but the fans have “responsibility to show interest“. He however thinks that the Hammers will continue improving under Pellegrini, and like Wolves, will hold the Red Devils to a 1-1 draw.

Paul Merson: Merson reckons United are “all over the place” and that West Ham “have turned a corner”. Like Pilkington, he’s gone for a 1-1 draw.

Michael Owen: Owen is another who reckons that this will finish in a draw, but says if there was a winner, he thinks the “hosts might nick it”

Summary of predictions

Mark Lawrenson: West Ham 0-2 Man Utd
Karl Pilkington: West Ham 1-1 Man Utd
Paul Merson: West Ham 1-1 Man Utd
Michael Owen: Draw, but West Ham could nick it.

Manchester United 0-3 West Ham U23- Young Hammers begin 2018 brightly

Goals from Diangana, Toni Martinez and Martin Samuelsen saw West Ham U23 begin the year on a bright note as they beat Manchester United U23’s 3-0 at Old Trafford. The game was goalless at the interval but Diangana’s 51st minute effort and Luca Ercolani’s red card seconds later swung the game the visitors’ way, and strikes from Martinez (61) and Samuelsen (63) sealed victory in this PL2 clash. [Read more…]