Unhappy Bilic expected so much more


bilic-gloomSlaven Bilic admitted the Hammers were outclassed in Manchester on Sunday and had no bones about saying United were much better in all aspects of the game.

Giving his on depth thoughts after the game he declared that he expected the Irons to do much better and that the team need to “show more determination in every situation.”

He said: “I expected more, of course. I have to admit it, they were much the better side in every aspect of the game. They were better in the air, they were better on the floor and better in 50-50 challenges.

“We knew they had a strong side, but I expected us to do much better than we did on Sunday.

“We were much slower than them. They had pace up front and the quality, and we didn’t want to get exposed in one-on-one situations, because in those situations, individually they can make a difference.

“So we wanted to create the situation that we are two against one in our favour, but to be fair we didn’t have that today a lot.

“It’s very hard to find positives when you lose 4-0, but we have to get up and get ready for the next game.”

He explained: “We tried to switch to 4-4-2 because we needed another player up-front with Chicharito, who was quite decent but was isolated.

“So we put Sakho on with him and took a bit of a risk. We created some opportunities, some good situations which didn’t end up with a shot or a good chance, but what we didn’t want to happen was concede two goals late in the game.

“Basically we need to become more focused, because we have been training well. In the game we need to show determination in every situation, in every throw-in, because when you play Man Utd you need to beat them in that department.

“But they were better than us doing the dirty work and if they are better than you in the dirty work [they will win].”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • Lazurus. rises like a salmon says:

    I sent out a team that is so much fitter than last year but we have no pace at the back so we went for a 1-10 formation and a midfield deprived of any creativity and even less pace and put the burdon on obiang to do everything but pressure got to him so I’m going to have a word in his ear about playing in goal so he can have a rest next game,
    I’m going to put antonio back in the right back position and send rice back to the u23s because he made my captain look like what he always looks like ! LOST!
    Sorry Slav you got it all wrong yesterday ? Same as same as lol. Not good enough mate 😈

  • Plaistow Pundit says:

    Is this a West Ham United website or not?
    How can the opening sentence of the article refer to them as ‘United’ but not us.
    This rubbing salt in to the wounds of a bad performance to drop our United and let Manchester have ownership of United.
    Enough is enough we are WEST HAM UNITED always!

  • Radai Lama says:

    Hahaha on a scale of 1-10 for a reason to have a Monday morning moan up that is right up at 10 Pundit 😂😂

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