Match report: West Ham 2 Manchester United 0

Rashford had to leave the game because of an injury. Image: The Independent

Manchester United lost 2-0 against West Ham at the London stadium in their Premier League encounter. Goals by Andriy Yarmolenko and Aaron Cresswell scored in each half condemned United to defeat. United still hasn’t won any games on the road in any competitions since March. Marcus Rashford also sustained an injury and had to be substituted in the second-half.

United began the match positively, and Nemanja Matic had a chance to score when his effort from around 25 yards was saved by Lukasz Fabianski. David De Gea also held Yarmolenko’s speculative shot. Rashford made a determined run into the box, but it was stopped by the Hammers defence. Although the Red Devils were growing in confidence within the first 20 minutes of the game we couldn’t create any clear chances. Andreas Pereira’s shot that deflected wide that resulted into corner was one of our better chances of the first-half.

But the Hammers started to find their rhythm in the game and grew more confident. Then just before half-time West Ham broke the deadlock. Pablo Fornals passed the ball to Yarmolenko who then curled a shot past De Gea and the homeside went into the break up 1-0.

Then in the second period, United had another chance to score when in the 48th minute Pereira crossed the ball into the box for Mata, but the Spanish international just failed to connect with the ball being just inches ahead of him. Then Yarmolenko tested De Gea with a drive which he held comfortably. Scott McTominay also came close with an effort from an acute angle.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was forced into making a substitution just after the hour mark when Rashford sustained an injury and was replaced by Jesse Lingard. After that, Felipe Anderson forced De Gea into a fine save before United’s defence cleared the ball. Harry Maguire could have equalised when the ball was loose in the box after a resulting corner. He took a quick shot, but Fabianski made an excellent save from close range.

Next it was the homeside that came close to doubling their lead when Cresswell’s free-kick went just over the bar. Then in the 84th minute Cresswell would produce a wonderful strike from another free-kick opportunity. This time he made no mistake as the ball went into the top left-hand corner of the net. That goal sealed it for the Hammers and they came away the victors in another frustrating game that United could have won.

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