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Manchester United v West Ham United: Champions League hopes still alive!

Solskjaer’s men were aiming to go 3 points clear of Leicester, who they play in the last game of the season on Sunday. This wasn’t a must win, but it would make there job at the King Power slightly easier if they could pick up 3 points tonight.

Manchester United started brightly, and had a couple of early chances, but Fabianski saved with ease. Even though they had started well West Ham never looked stretched. As the first half went on the Hammers grew into the game, and Manchester United seemed uncomfortable anytime the ball came near there box. West ham could sense the nervousness at the back, which has been there for a few games now.

Even though West Ham had grown into the game, they had never threatened the Manchester United goal. But then on the stroke of half time the Hammers took the lead! West Ham took a short free kick, then Declan Rice drove a powerful shot towards goal which struck the raised hands of Paul Pogba. It was careless from the Frenchman and he’d given West Ham a golden chance to take the lead! Up stepped Antonio and he sent De Gea the wrong way! United went in at half time a goal down, and they only had themselves to blame!

Pogba looks on as West Ham take the lead

As the teams came back out, you expected a response from United. Then 6 minutes into the second half they gave one! Paul Pogba played a first time pass into the feet of Mason Greenwood, and after some smart link up play with Martial, the exciting teenager fired a low shot past Fabianski into the back of the net! 1-1!

Greenwood firing home his 10th league goal of the season

After the equaliser you’d of thought the West Ham goal would of been bombarded with shots, but it wasn’t to be. The Hammers soon settled back into the comfortable rhythm they had been in for most of the game. As the second half went on, Manchester United were making a habit of giving needless free kicks away! Not only that, but they were in dangerous area’s to. Thankfully for Solskjaer’s men, West Ham didn’t take advantage.

United did come forward in search of a winning goal but they found West Ham hard to break down. There was so many poor performances and the energy that has been there since the restart has faded in the last few games. Tiredness is certainly playing a part in all of this.

The final whistle went and in truth Manchester United couldn’t grumble at a point. They had been slow on the ball, rarely threatened and the passing had been woeful! West Ham never looked troubled. The game at Leicester on Sunday is going to be very interesting!

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Andrew Belcher
34. Sports Coach. Manchester United season ticket holder ⚽

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