Hammers held to stalemate by Manchester United


West Ham United and Manchester United each collected a share of the points as the Hammers were held to a 0-0 draw by the Red Devils. 

Although the Hammers more than held their own in Thursday’s match at London Stadium, neither goalkeeper could be beaten. 

Marko Arnautovic and Joao Mario enjoyed the best opportunities for David Moyes’ side while Adrian was called into action, making stunning saves to deny Luke Shaw and Alexis Sanchez.

The early chances fell West Ham’s way as Aaron Cresswell created a headed effort for Arnautovic, before Cheikhou Kouyate had a similar chance saved by David De Gea. 

Scott McTominay had Manchester United’s first effort of the game, seeing a low shot go wide from distance. 

Goalkeeper Adrian was called into action three times in quick succession midway through the first period, making a string of excellent saves. The first denied Jesse Lingard from 25 yards, before the Spaniard brilliantly stopped Sanchez and Shaw from opening the scoring, stopping the defender from following up the Chilean’s strike.

Cresswell then came close for the home side as his left-footed attempt skimmed the base of the post from distance, before Joao Mario had the chance of the first period. 

Excellent work from Arnautovic saw the Austrian create space on the right-flank. Arnautovic played the ball into the six-yard box but Mario could only put the ball wide. 

Arnautovic’s determination and quick feet led to some frantic defending for the away side on the hour mark. The No7 drove into the box and attempted to cross the ball, which eventually fell to Pablo Zabaleta. The Argentinian’s shot was blocked however.

The Hammers looked the more positive of the two teams in the second period, with Manchester United’s best effort of the period coming in the 70th minute, as Paul Pogba saw an effort go wide. 

The introduction of Andy Carroll gave the Hammers a new dynamic up front and the N09 combined well with Arnautovic, playing the ball into his attacking teammate. Arnautovic brought the ball down expertly and set up Mark Noble, who could only shoot wide. 

Noble also provided a chance for Arnautovic with a pin-point ball into the box, but the volleyed effort skewered wide. 

West Ham United: Adrian; Rice, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Zabaleta, Kouyate, Noble (c), Masuaku (Carroll 65’); Mario, Lanzini, Arnautovic 

Substitutes: Hart, Evra, Obiang, Cullen, Fernandes, Hugill, Carroll

Manchester United: De Gea; Valencia (c) (Bailly 90+3’), Lindelof, Smalling, Jones, Shaw; McTominay, Herrera, Pogba; Lingard (Rashford 74’), Sanchez (Ashley Young 90+1’)

Substitutes: Romero, Bailly, Blind, Young, Mata, Martial, Rashford