Former Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini got one over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his Manchester United side as West Ham out-performed the Manchester club at London Stadium on Sunday, September 22, 2019. Goals from Andriy Yarmolenko and Aaron Cresswell guided West Ham to a 2-0 home win in the Premier League.
Man Utd went with an unchanged side from their 1-0 home win against Leicester City last weekend.
Manchester United have struggled to get going away from home in the Premier League and they haven’t won an away game since March 2019. It was another game where the Ashley Young-led side seemed lost while West Ham were taking the game to their opponents. The likes of Declan Rice, Mark Noble, Andriy Yarmolenko and summer signing Sebastien Haller were pressing the visitors. Manchester United held their defence with Aaron Wan-Bissaka being the standout performer, playing on either side of the backline. Pablo Fornals found Mark Noble from a free-kick, and his effort forced De Gea to scramble across his goal-line to keep the ball out. Nemanja Matic in midfield was caught out of possession multiple times and towards the end of the first half, Forlnals found Andriy Yarmolenko, who curled a shot to the right of De Gea to put the Hammers ahead at the break.
Manchester United needed a strong reaction early in the second half as midfielder Andreas Pereira picked out Juan Mata but the Spaniard missed from close range, blowing United’s best chance of the game. To make matters worse for Solskjaer, first-choice forward Marcus Rashford picked up an injury and had to be replaced by Jesse Lingard, as Europa League hero from midweek - Mason Greenwood - was unavailable for the clash in London. Scott McTominay came close with an effort from a narrow angle but the ball deflected off Sebastien Haller’s knee and went wide.
West Ham continued to create chances with Felipe Anderson testing David De Gea, who recently signed a new deal with Manchester United, but the Spanish stopper was at his best to block the Brazilian’s effort. Around the 68 minute-mark, English centre-back Harry Maguire had a great chance to put United on level terms when the ball bounced into his path in the box from a corner, but West Ham keeper Fabianski made a good save. In the 84th minute of the game, following Ashley Young’s foul on Mark Noble, Cresswell lined up another set-piece, after putting the previous one over, and this time, he found the top corner and De Gea could do absolutely nothing about it. The London Stadium erupted with cheer as the fans knew West Ham were walking away with three big points.
Welsh winger Daniel James did have a late effort but the shot rippled the side netting and it changed nothing as the Hammers claimed the win. For Manchester United, it was a frustrating afternoon and it leaves the club with eight points from six games, while West Ham climb the table with 11 points.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a lot to think about and how he wants to take things forward with a relatively young United side because if things don’t improve in the near future, we could see the club great fallout with the fans. West Ham next play Bournemouth in the Premier League while United host Arsenal at Old Trafford on October 1, Tuesday (12:30 am IST).