Barren Draw against the Hammers


In a bid to seal 2nd position on the log my beloved Manchester United just needed a point. I was rushing home so I could catch the game and just as I was getting to the house the BBC sport and FlashScore app on my phone simultaneously alerted me on what the line-up of both sides would look like.

I was confused when I saw the first XI Jose Mourinho put out. In what looked like a 5-3-2 formation (if you asked me) United lined up with David De Gea in goal. Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, VĂ­ctor Lindeldof, Luke Shaw and Antonio Valencia made up the back five. In midfield Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera and Scott McTominay were handed the mantle of creating chances for the attack and shielding the defence from trouble. Jesse Lingard and Alexis Sanchez led the line upfront.

So the line-up felt flat and not one that would convince a fan of victory. West Ham were playing for pride as they had sealed another season in the English top flight. Adrian as expected was picked ahead of Joe Hart in goal for the Hammers. Declan Rice, Angelo Ogbonna and Aaron Creswell played in a back 3 with Paulo Zabaleta and Arthur Masuaku filling in as wing backs. Cheikhou Kouyate, Mark Noble, Joao Mario and Manuel Lanzini were the midfielders called upon by manager David Moyes with Marlo Arnautovic playing as a lone striker.

The first half for me was the most interesting or should I say the half with the most chances created. Don’t blame me, I didn’t catch the game live and I have not seen too many games a second time but this particular game tickled my fancy because a friend called me to tell me about the Paul Pogba and Mark Noble fracas.

The game ended 0-0 and ensured United finish runners -up to neighbors Manchester City.

The season comes to a close on Sunday 13th May, 2018 though we look forward to the Europa league final, the Emirates FA Cup final and the UEFA Champions league final afterwards.

Thanks for your time guys and do have a fab weekend.


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