Pellegrini: We must keep working like this after Manchester United win
Manuel Pellegrini wore the expression of a happy manager after he watched his West Ham United team defeat Manchester United 2-0 on Sunday afternoon.
The Hammers moved up to fourth in the Premier League table, with Sunday’s late games still to be played, by extending their unbeaten run to six games in all competitions with a fourth straight clean sheet.
For Pellegrini, his team’s winning mentality was key to them shutting out the Red Devils and claiming victory though goals by Andriy Yarmolenko and Aaron Cresswell.
“I’m very pleased,” the boss said. “Playing Manchester United at home is a special game for our fans and I think they enjoyed the game from the beginning.
“Manchester United didn’t create too many chances, we tried to play high [up the pitch], to have good recovery [of possession], and you must be happy when you score two goals and don’t concede.
“For 45 minutes we perhaps played too fast, and both teams lost too many balls, so to score the first goal was a key factor to try and win the game.
“I said at half time if we continued to defend as we did in the first half, not just in our box, but force them to make mistakes immediately when they came into our half, then we are not going to concede too many opportunities.
“That’s how it worked out and then that beautiful free-kick finished the game.”
For the moment we are in a good position in the table, but we must continue doing it in every game to try and keep the position
West Ham moved towards the head of the table with their third win of the campaign, but Pellegrini urged his side to not take their foot off the gas as they prepare for league games with AFC Bournemouth and Crystal Palace, and a Carabao Cup tie against Oxford United.
He added: “We must continue working all together - the technical staff, the players and the fans - to create the atmosphere inside the stadium.
“You can see and hear that all the fans are happy and the team is playing well so all of us together must try to add another three points in the next game.
“When you talk about future targets you must demonstrate in every game on the pitch a winning mentality. For the moment we are in a good position in the table, but we must continue doing it in every game to try and keep the position.”