West Ham United vs Manchester United Match Analysis

West Ham United's Mark Noble clashes with Manchester United's Paul Pogba 

Jose Mourinho chose a very different lineup from the game against Brighton, with 8 changes. This time he opted for a 3-5-2 formation. We started with Smalling, Jones and Lindelof CBs, with Shaw and Valencia as wing backs. This was set to be the big chance for Shaw to tear down that left hand side as he used to do so often. In the centre of the park we had Herrera, McTominay and Pogba, who was allowed to roam further forward. With Lukaku injured and Martial and Rashford playing poorly last game, Lingard and Sanchez led the line for the Red Devils. 

The game was started slowly and there were no clear chances in the first half. Manchester United's defence looked fragile, like it has done in the last few games. The first half consisted of Manchester United dominating possession of the ball but failing to create any chances. Jesse Lingard came close twice with two long range shots but they were well dealt with by the keeper. 

West Ham spent most of the second half on the front foot and Manchester United were pinned back in their own half and could not break out. The most interesting moment in the entire game came in the 88th minute when it kicked off between the players. Mark Noble was clawing at Paul Pogba's face right in front of the referee but was not sent off. Luke Shaw then jumped in to intervene and a brawl broke out in the middle of the pitch. The result was a yellow card for Noble and Pogba. 

Overall the game was one which lacked intensity and it was a poor performance from the team. Although only one point was needed to secure 2nd place and a clean sheet to ensure David de Gea's Golden Glove, a 0-0 draw was a frustrating result. It's hard to believe that the in the first game of the season we beat this team 4-0. This performance was hard to watch but not a bad result in the grand scheme of things. All that matters is winning the FA Cup now and that one game is what will make or break our entire season. WE MUST BEAT CHELSEA 


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