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Bold, brave Hammers beaten… just

West Ham once again gave absolutely everything they had away at a big six club, but came away empty-handed on Sunday evening.

The Hammers were beaten 1-0 by Manchester United at Old Trafford in a game that saw the Irons create plenty of chances, but they just couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net.

The decisive goal came from Marcus Rashford after 38 minutes, as he rose above Thilo Kehrer to send a bullet header beyond Lukasz Fabianski from Christian Eriksen’s cross.

Replays showed that there were three men around Eriksen when he crossed the ball, but none were able to put a foot in.

The first half, beyond that, was actually devoid of real goal-mouth incident, but the Hammers grew into the game and were absolutely terrific in the second half.

The half started with a substitution, as Alphonse Areola replaced Lukasz Fabianski after the Pole sustained an injury.

But the Irons forced a variety of saves from David De Gea, with Mikey Antonio denied from range as he tipped the ball over, while the Spaniard also defied physics to save from Kurt Zouma.

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United hit the post on 85 minutes, as Fred sent a header towards goal that left Areola rooted, but the Hammers were consistently in the ascendancy in the second half and only failed to find a cutting edge.

The big chance came on 92 minutes, as Jarrod Bowen was found six yards out and he shot at goal, but Harry Maguire managed to make a big block, and De Gea then, somehow, denied Declan Rice from range with one of the most spectacular saves of the season so far.

United were truly under siege in the final few minutes, with the Hammers threatening to break the door down, but the home side somehow managed to escape with three points.

The Irons can hold their heads up high after this display; they were absolutely terrific, and played United off the park in that second half.

A defeat, but one that was barely, barely deserved.

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.

10 comments on “Bold, brave Hammers beaten… just

  1. The big moment came in the 75th min when we brought on Fornals, we suddenly became a different team. Moyes showed no bravery in his team selection. 3 defensive mids just makes no sense and leaves Soucek whi was horrendous for the full game and Diwnes on for 75 mins is just not good enough from moyes. He should have brought on Fornals at ht and then he should have brought on Lanzini for Soucek. How can he see that Soucek is a better player than Lanzini even a Lanzini who is not firing on all cylinders beggars belief. Moyes has to go his time as up. We will not imprivevunder him anymore we are on a downward spiral.

    • Might be a bold formation but absolutely awful to watch, we’ve lost every time we play Utd , City , Chelsea , Arsenal , Scousers & Spurs before we even kick a ball in anger. Won’t going anymore whilst Moyes is at the helm, it’s a 328 mile round trip to each home game & on average a 220 mile round trip for away games for me to travel . We wait untill it’s too late all the time before we decide to have s go, Moyes tactics are so predictable & negative whenever we play the so called big 6, TIME FOR CHANGE !!!!!!

  2. Sorry great game but as usual tentative play till we fall behind , why can’t the team be as aggressive in their play before the usual concedmant,
    With respect and out of bitter acceptance of the inevitable, moyes couldn’t beat a top six packet of eggs with jackhammer , I just know year after year we will fail .
    Again bitter feelings, but this is my take on it
    Maybe a different set up or mindset approach needs to be applied.
    I just know we always fall short even with, like today, our guys giving everything
    Top players everywhere, especially bennie and Dec
    But no bad players out there,, just the exceptance we never succeed
    Take a swipe at me people, I’m just a hammer supporter of 61 years

  3. It’s the story of our season so far, plenty of chances created but finishing letting us down together with missed penalties and VAR. High hopes after mid season break as hopefully Paqueta, Cornet and Aguerd fully fit to give us our strongest squad for many years.

  4. The truth is we switched off for the throw in that led to the goal. Downes was looking the wrong way when they took the throw in, was then caught out of position and couldn’t get back to block the ball to Eriksen. One lapse of concentration that cost us a point.

  5. Moyes got it wrong again. Right formation wrong players applied though. I feel for downes I think his energy and desire has been great since hes come into the team. But today through no fault of his own he looked lost.
    And as for Kehrer hes great on the ball, but I might be the only one that doesnt think hes a very good defender. Hes been responsible for quite a few goals we have conceded todays included.

  6. He preached being brave but for 3/4 of the game we were timid and defensive while presenting them with the ball time and again. Why do we pass the ball backwards in possession when not even pressed hard, all the way back to the keeper, who then goes long only to lose possession?? We did it 4-5 times just in the first 15. Crazy. But ultimately we are still miles off the big boys because we don’t have the killer instinct to win games. Despite spending nearly £200m. Performances are inconsistent but we can’t score and can’t put games to bed. Always chasing a deficit. If I was a dildo brother I’d be livid.

    • Couldn’t agree more………… But I do think we have another Haler on our hands with Scamacca, put him. on the bench & start Antonio, heven’t seen anything yet to justify the price tag……looks lazy , we definitely need a new striker in January

  7. Until late in the game after Fornals came on, we lacked punch and were predictable in attack, not able to advance on several fronts. Benny was a real threat all of the time, and no wild long shots over the bar. Really well played Said. Scamacca and Bowen played well enough, but again it was a hard shift on scraps. I think we must bring off Soucek earlier and fill midfield with skilfull ball players. For me 5-1-3-1 would give us much more in transition with wing backs bombing forward. I really dislike the back four plus three in front of them. Almost guarantees West Ham nil.

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