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Video:Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Post Match Presser

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Video: Manuel Pellegrini post match presser

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Fredericks update

Ryan Fredericks received a minor knock in this afternoon’s game against Manchester United but looks set to be fit for the weekend game at Bournemouth.

The right back came off with ten minutes left making way for Pablo Zabaleta and was described this evening as having “suffered something minor by way of a knock” by a club insider on e mail to CandH.

However, the initial reaction is that was that he would recover in good time for the next PL game although he’s unikely to be involved in the Carabao Cup match against Oxford on Wednesday evening.

That job is likely to go to Zaba and there is no chance of a call-up for Ben Johnson who is recovering from his own an injury problem after missing the last two Under 23s games.

As reported earlier today Manu Lanzini could be out for a month after playing through the pain barrier at Villa last Monday evening after taking a kick while on international duty with Argentina.

However, he may miss only the Bournemouth and  Palace matches given the intervening international break in October.

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You’re not famous anymore

West Ham supporters sang ‘You’re not famous anymore’ to Manchester United supporters at the London Stadium along with ‘You’re not Man United anymore’

Ironically Manchester United sang back the un-original ‘You’re not West Ham anymore’ used by many away fans since our move away from the Boleyn Ground.

Today was probably the worst Man United team I have ever seen the Hammers play and I could easily understand why they haven’t won away since March and the trouble they are now in. They lacked any confidence and squandered chance after chance with superb help from our own Fabianksi to deny them any chance of a goal.

The away fans were right, we aren’t the West Ham of old. Despite missing Manual Lanzini and Arthur Masuaku we were able to bring quality off the bench in the gusie of Aaron Cresswell and Pablo Fornals without sacrificing too much quality.

We were also able to bring on the likes of Jack Wilshere, Pablo Zabaleta and Robert Snodgrass late in the game rather than rely on one good position for each position.

I would rather be the new West Ham in the London Stadium than the hapless Manchester United this season.

Just goes to show that money doesn’t buy you everything!

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No Lanzini…no Antonio…no problem!

I really like Fornals – he had great  game. I thought Wiltshire looked great in front of Noble and Rice. Who would I choose for the Lanzini spot while he’s injured? I just don’t know!

The above comment comes from a member of the ClaretandHugh Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/363174467150521/ and sums up very neatly where the Hammers are right now.

We held off bringing news of the Lanzini injury for obvious reasons despite knowing the score as early as last Thursday. LIke everybody inside the club there was no way we or they intended giving United any sort of advantage.

As it turned out it would probably not have made any real difference because the Hammers were superior to the visitors in most areas of the game.

With Fornals growing into the game well, and Wilshere looking the part during his limited time on the park, we finally look like a club with a future.

As Pellegrini has pointed at various times we now have two players covering every position and they are all quality and experienced operators.

Frankly, I can’t remember a time when we were in such a luxurious position and remember too that we have no Michail Antonio available either.

Imagine  how we would have been worrying and fretting in the recent past had two of our top players been ruled out through injury.

Not anymore – we are moving forward under a manager who has organised us into a proper outfit with squad resources and all within a season and a bit.

And that’s why the future is looking pretty bright as a result.

COYI

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How Solskjær, Neville and Mourinho saw it

Losing managers rarely compliment the winners but fair play to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, he at least congratulated the Irons on some great finishes.

Naturally, his focus was on a dull United performance of which the Hammers took full advantage to finish the day three points and three positions in front of them.

It was of course the third clean sheet on the trot and there can be little doubt that the better team won when a regular critic of ours, a certain Gary Neville admits the best team won – more of that in a minute.

Solskjaer’s head dropped in a big way after the second goal and he was a sorry sight on the bench as the Hammers cruised to their inevitable victory against a youthful United.

The man responsible for the previous London Stadium PL Jose Mourinho defeat was in the TV studio claiming after the match that Unted haven’t improved from last term.

Neville admitted that the Hammers had more experience, more quality and thoroughly deserved their victory over his former club.

Meanwhile the Uited boss said: “I’m very disappointed. You’re always disappointed when you lose games. This was a game that we could have won. Going home tonight we’ll go through the game again. At the moment we’re just all very flat.

“Key moments went against us. They had some great finishes. We just didn’t have the quality when we had those big moments. In the Premier League if you don’t take them you won’t get any points. It tipped in their favour and we just have to accept that.

“I’m disappointed we didn’t win today, but apart from that I’m being very positive. I’ve said many times that there will be highs and lows. We’ve had some highs along the way, today we just have to accept we got no points and look forward to next week.”

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Ratings Two – how I saw the Irons v United

 

 

Hugh hands out his marks

 

Fabianski: When all is lost you know the top man will come up trumps one great save from Maguire. He was entirely sound when required beyond that -which wasn’t often 7

Fredericks: He’s certainly grown into the squad over the early games – sound on the right side again 7

Diop: Some brilliant tackles and retrieving interventions – occasionally pulled around but generally on the case against a lack lustre attack 7

Ogbonna: Looks the part – not a foot wrong all afternoon. 7

Cresswell: Right back to his best and a fabulous goal from the free kick.  Defended well and made sure Arthur will be looking over his shoulder for Bournemouth 7.5

Rice: Excellent display. Right back to the top of his form – serious quality from the young man 8

Noble: Official man of the match. Lucky with one studs up tackle which could have got a red but apart from that outstanding. Always wanting the ball and trying to make it happen in midfield 8

Yarmolenko: Wonderful goal and starting to show his game after a season’s lay-off. He looks exciting and came off early to get his applause which was thoroughly deserved 8

Fornals: It was good to see him getting on the pace of the game towards the end after a slow start. It will take a little time but that we didn’t really miss Manu Lanzini speaks well for him 6.5

Anderson: Terrific performance from the Brazilian – all the tricks, nutmegs and dribbling skills were there but would love him to have a pop now and again 7.5

Haller: Yet another fine leading line job in the thankless one-up role. What you see is what you get game from the striker and it’s very good to watch 7

Subs

Zaba: Came on late for Fredericks and did a great jobs as usual 6.5

Wilshere: Decent. Clear he knows he has a battle for a place on his hands and made a case for himself 6.5

Snodgrass: One with two minutes left No rating

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Fornals close-up and verdict

 

Pablo Fornals was drafted into the side for the injured Manu Lanzini and we had our reporter Danny Leach taking a look at the young Spaniard’s impression on this afternoon’s important victory.

 

13 – Plays a quick one two with Anderson on the edge of the box but the ball is lost as Anderson returns it
19 – Chases a long ball from Fredericks to start a counter attack. He passes the ball across the box to Anderson who lays it off for Yarmolenko whose shot is saved
22 – Loses possession on the edge of the box after holding onto the ball for too long
25 – He picks the ball up on the edge of the area and plays a weak through ball out wide to Yarmolenko who manages to receive the ball
57 – Receives the ball from Anderson who nutmegs McTominay and then lays the ball to Haller to take a shot
58 – Runs back to tackle McTominay near our box as a United counter attack is scuppered
90+2 – Plays a marvellous long ball to switch the play to Snodgrass on the right wing
90+3 – Completes a 360 spin to get away from his marker on the edge of the area

Verdict – 6 It was a steady performance by Fornals today as he looked to break into the starting XI on a permanent basis. He was the least influential of our attacking midfielders today but he grew into the game, especially in the second half. Nevertheless, he was still involved in the Hammers offensive play but he needs to build up the confidence and get used to the intensity of the Premier League. He was also not afraid to help the defence as well making some timely challenges.

 

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How we rated the Irons v Man United

 

Iain McDonald hands out the marks

 

Fabianski: Just the one fine save required today. three clean sheets in a row!! 7
Fredericks: Looking very much first choice right back before injury struck. Hopefully not serious as he headed to the bench and not down the tunnel 7
Diop: Got dragged around on occasion, but made up for it with some fine tackling 7
Ogbonna: Another competent display against what little threat United posed 7
Cresswell: Worries about who could replace Masuaku happily unfounded; sensible defending and a glorious free-kick to seal the win 7
Rice: Rescued Diop with a fantastic covering run and tackle on Rashford when through. If Man Utd really were interested in signing him in the summer, you could see why today 7
Noble: A typical straightforward performance from the skipper. Booked for a crunching foul 6
Fornals: Not the first overseas player to find the pace in the PL a bit sharp to start with but stuck at it and put in a really good 90 mins 6
Anderson: I was literally thinking to myself how good a player he looks when up went his number and he was off! He was not impressed… 8
Yarmolenko: A cracking goal capped a very professional first half from us; blocked off cutting in on his left foot a lot after the break 7
Haller: The deft touches and lay offs are obviously the norm now; beyond those, Haller never really posed an attacking threat. Wonder what the reaction would be if Carroll had put in this sort of display 5

Subs
Wilshere: A surprising sub for me but did pretty well, keeping the ball moving 6
Zabaleta: I was really impressed at the way he came on at a moment’s notice and was immediately on his game 6
Snodgrass: A late entrant to give Yarmolenko his MOTM ovation   No rating

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The Pellegrini verdict

Manuel Pellegrini’s regular mantra -” play as a big club ” – is paying off in a huge way as the Irons go from strength to strength.

The Hammers boss has made it clear for weeks that the best form of defence is attack claiming quite simply: “If you have the ball the othe team can’t score.”

Okay we aren’t dominating games but we showed against Unted today that we are learning and learning fast as we brush shoulders with the likes of City, Liverpool as we join the elite.

There’s still work to be done on final balls, passing and not giving it away too easily but it’s getting better game on game and the manager could barely hide his delight at the end of this particular 90 minutes.

He had gone into the match telling Sky, when asked, that he believed Manchester United were beatable and the lads were in no mood to disappoint as they went about their business.

And speaking after the game on https://www.whufc.com/news/articles/2019/september/22-september/pellegrini-we-must-keep-working-after-manchester-united he said:“I’m very pleased. Playing Manchester United at home is a special game for our fans and I think they enjoyed the game from the beginning.

“Manchester United didn’t create too many chances, we tried to play high [up the pitch], to have good recovery [of possession], and you must be happy when you score two goals and don’t concede.

“For 45 minutes we perhaps played too fast, and both teams lost too many balls, so to score the first goal was a key factor to try and win the game.

“I said at half time if we continued to defend as we did in the first half, not just in our box, but force them to make mistakes immediately when they came into our half, then we are not going to concede too many opportunities.

“That’s how it worked out and then that beautiful free-kick finished the game.”

He added: “We must continue working all together – the technical staff, the players and the fans – to create the atmosphere inside the stadium.

“You can see and hear that all the fans are happy and the team is playing well so all of us together must try to add another three points in the next game.

“When you talk about future targets you must demonstrate in every game on the pitch a winning mentality. For the moment we are in a good position in the table, but we must continue doing it in every game to try and keep the position.”