Manchester United vs West Ham Match Analysis

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Image from the Mirror

Manchester United were on the verge of having the worst league season in 27 years had they lost this game. Ever since the PSG away win, Manchester United have not been anywhere near as good as they should be. Today's game was not any different and United were a bit lucky to pick up all three points. We should have lost them if we were playing against a better team. Let's look at how the drama transpired:

First Half.
United started on the back foot and we played as though we were panicking. Almost similar incident with the Watford game. As early as the 10th minute, Felipe Anderson scored a poorly defended goal and although it was flagged as offside it probably shouldn't have been. In the 19th minute, Mata was brought down in the box of West Ham and we went 1-0 up as a result of Pogba converting the penalty. After that goal, United were pretty much the underdogs although there were chances we squandered through, Pogba, Lingard among others. First half ended with Manchester United 1-0 up.

Second Half
West Ham came back from the break with renewed energy and with just 4 minutes of second half played, Anderson grabbed his goal to put the scores level. Ole Gunnar responded in to 55th minute by bringing on Rashford for Mata. His impact would have been immediate as he squandered a chance and headed over the bar from 6 yards out. United's game-play generally improved there after although not enough to call it a good performance. In the 75th minute, Ole Gunner made a double substitution. Andreas Pereira coming on for Marcos Rojo, who was very poor during the game, and Mason Greenwood coming on for Lukaku. - Ole Gunner in his post match interview said Rojo had suffered a calf injury. Michail Antonio came on in the 75th minute and could have scored twice in three minutes after a mistake from Fred allowed him to run past the Brazilian and smashed a terrific effort onto the bar and not a few minutes after, Antonio had a close range header clawed away by the captain for the day, David de Gea. In the 80th minute, Manchester United got another penalty after Martial was brought down in the box from a fantastic counter-attack. Pogba once again converted it to give Manchester United the lead once again. After he scored, he appeared to give the players a pep talk to be composed, sit deep and control the game for the next ten minutes. United played safe the remainder of the game and had it end 2-1.

This was an awful performance of the team. Many of the fans were left frustrated at this kind of football with genuine worries about if we can compete for titles with the current squad let alone at the Nou Camp on Tuesday. We shall need to reinforce the team during the summer transfer window and also the current backroom staff including Ole needs to up their game.


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