West Ham United 2-0 Manchester United: Four Things We Learned

Manchester United have done it again. Their disastrous performance against West Ham United showed once again that this team is miles away from being a team that can challenge for trophies. The performance at the London Stadium has been utterly pointless, as the Hammers score twice to beat the Devils once again, 2-0.

Andriy Yarmolenko opened the scoring after 44 minutes, before Aaron Cresswell scored a beautiful strike late into the match, to conclude the final result.

Man United had their chances, mostly through Maguire and Mata in the second half, but they were still never looking like a team that could win this match.

Manchester United Are Pathetic In Every Department

This match reaffirmed that once again. From top to bottom, this club has been a complete mess and on the pitch the team is showing that as well. As is the situation at the board level, the team was equally directionless. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team has no point nor purpose, no clear idea of how they want to play and just a decent team like West Ham looks like an opposition there is no way to defeat.

The midfield performance was non-existent, in attack there are problems that continue and defensively United basically let Yarmolenko score the opener almost without attacking him.

Juan Mata Still Not Making Any Difference

As the midfield did not play well enough, Juan Mata was one of them. He was once again situated in a position of a number 10, but once again, he failed to make any difference. This has been the case for quite some time now, but a match like this one only highlighted that further.

As someone who should be team’s main creator – and not just because we say so, but because that has been his style of play for the most part of his career – Mata never looked a player that could those around him look better. The Spaniard created just one chance, a difficult shot for Scott McTominay. He looked lost, the game passing by him.

Attacking Problems Talk Of Deeper Issues

Man United’s attacking problems are grave and obvious, but they are also one of the issues that talk about problems at the club. There are no real strikers in the whole squad, the number of players that can realistically play at centre-forward is three and main two of them are now injured.

Wingers are not the players that are creating much either, but apart from Daniel James’ early ‘sunshine’, they are not scoring either. This club has let itself get to this point and we are now merely looking at what was already written on the wall.

West Ham Were Not Even That Great

To make all of these criticisms towards Man United players worse – West Ham did not even play that great of a game. They created one decent chance and scored from a wonderful free-kick, whilst also giving United enough good chances to score.

But it still never felt like United would get anything out of this match. That should be the biggest indictment after the game.

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