Manchester United’s sixth game of the season ended in a 2-1 victory against West Ham with Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie scoring for home side. 19-Year old Paddy McNair made his debut today, as did new signing Luke Shaw with David de Gea making his 100th Premier League appearance.
Our most experienced defender in the starting 11 was Rafael which was a prime example of the problems we have at the back. United were looking to bounce back today after last week’s massive disappointment against Leicester City.
United made a lively start to the game, and Falcao went close 2 minutes in. On 5 minutes United earned a deserved lead after some great work by Rafael. He picked out Rooney in the box and Rooney smartly finished. United were controlling the game, not letting West Ham see much of the ball, and every player looked like they wanted time in possession.
Rafael was having superb game down the right and looked really threatening. On 22 minutes United doubled their lead after some great work by Herrera and then Falcao, who played in Van Persie and he finished to make it 2 nil. United looked in control and should have made it 3-0 on 33 minutes after Di Maria fired over. But once again mistakes came into play at the back as De Gea came out flapping at a corner, and Sakho headed home for West Ham to make it 2-1.
The teams came out unchanged for the 2nd half but the performance dropped massively. United looked dull and boring and were not seeing much of the ball at all. West Ham nearly got a deserved equaliser on 53 minutes, but a good stop from De Gea prevented it. It was a terrible opening 15 minutes for United, made worse when Wayne Rooney was rightly sent off for a terrible foul on 60 minutes. A really disappointed and angry looking Falcao made way after the card, who really didn’t have much of an impact in fairness.
It was a horrendous second half for United, and rarely got into West Ham’s side of the pitch at all. I don’t recall an attempt on goal whatsoever. To make things worse Ander Herrera added to United’s ever growing injury list as he limped off holding his back. But even though we had 10 men West Ham rarely threatened either.
A superb defensive header from debutant Paddy McNair on 83 minutes prevented a certain equaliser for West Ham. It was wonderful from the youngster and by the end of the game proved very important! On 89 minutes, Kevin Nolan scored for West Ham and United fans hearts sunk, but luckily it was rightly ruled out for offside. Di Maria made way for another youngster, Tom Thorpe who made his first appearance in a red shirt, but only got a few minute game time. But in the end United hung on to win 2-1.
It was painful to watch in the second half, and we were massively let off after hanging on. But a win is a win, and a win was what we needed after last week’s horrendous display. There were solid debuts for Shaw and McNair who impressed greatly, and hopefully we’ll see more of both in the future! United move up ahead of Liverpool into 7th after the game, and now look to keep improving in the next few weeks, but without Rooney, who will now miss the next 3 games!
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