London has not been great to us and by us I mean Manchester United. In over 15 games against London based teams we have found joy only four times in recent years. I am not PROUD of my team at the moment but hey I signed a contract to adopt them as my second religion and this is a life time deal. West Ham hosted United in today’s lunch time kick-off and they now look like a team that was well invested in during the summer transfer window. The cohesion in the their squad is at an all time high if you asked me.
I had my concerns going into this one and you would have seen this from the prediction post of yesterday which read West Ham to win or draw. I think people who place bets should start paying me for consultations though and there goes the lack of confidence in my team at this point. It’s a phase as I would like to tell myself or should I have said as I would like to lie to myself? I digress.
The game had West Ham written all over it and it didn’t take long before they grabbed the lead. Felipe Anderson who was recruited from Italian side Lazio gave the Hammers the lead in the 5th minute. It was a beauty of a goal, the assist was from Pablo Zabaleta.
It was Anderson’s first Premier League since the switch from Italy. Anderson was having a fab day and his corner in the 43rd minute, which was connected to by Andriy Yarmolenko’s foot, saw Victor Lindelof deflect the latter’s shot ball past David De Gea in goal for United. Own goal and I told my friend who was with me at the time that there was no way Man Utd were recovering from this. 2-0, half time score.
West Ham kicked off the second half though not dominant but had clearer chances. United pulled a goal back through substitute Marcos Rashford in the 71st minute giving the Red Devils a glimmer of hope. Hope it was as Marko Arnautovic had other ideas. He put one past De Gea to make scores 3-1, three minutes after Rashford’s goal.
That goal definitely clinched the tie for the Hammers. 3-1 it ended. Is this the beginning of a resurgence at West Ham? Time will tell.
The news making the rounds now is Jose Mourinho out, in as much as I would like to blame Mourinho for the horrible performances from the team in recent weeks, can same not be said for the players? Are they putting in efforts? If players don’t want to play for the manager is playing poorly the way to go about it? Will putting in horrible shifts not reduce their values?
Andriy Yarmolenko of West Ham was the lad who caught my today on a personal note albeit a good performance from Anderson and even Arnautovic who just returned from injury, but Lukasz Fabianski in goal for the Hammers was my man of the match.
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