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West Ham United 2 - Manchester United 0

Updated on September 23, 2019
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The Author is an avid follower of Manchester United FC, who is ruing the decline of the club.

Uninspired and Listless

After their largely scrappy win against Leicester at home, I was hoping their performance would improve. I should have been day dreaming when that thought crossed my mind. The team that came out did not have a clue about how to approach the game. Yes, they struggle when teams defend deep, but against West Ham they simply passed the ball sideways without any tempo or purpose.

The first half was nearing to completion and it would have been a relief if they hadn't conceded that goal. Yamalenko seemed not to have any obstruction, simply slotted the ball into the far corner. The defending was woeful, I still do not believe that Ashley Young should be in the starting lineup. It would be better having Axel Tuanzebe as left back or Brandon Williams. Manchester United need to change their corner taker, Ashley Young has not produced anything of quality in the past couple of seasons, Andreas Pereira is much better even if his overall game is not up to the mark of Manchester United's Standard.

The second half was better, Manchester United pressed higher and nearly produced a goal. After ten minutes into the second half it was back to playing dull and boring football, West Ham was comfortable at what Manchester United were doing. When the chance presented itself Manchester United squandered, Maguire failing to find the back of the net from a yard or two from the goal line. With all the possession and passing Manchester United did, they lacked the quality in the final third, this is an issue that's been plaguing them for so long, no one seems to have addressed this issue, most were focusing on how fragile United's defence was they forgot how horrible their finishing is. More hours in training does help but most of United's front line lack the composure to put away the chances that come their way. The major culprit in this regard is Marcus Rashford, I have literally lost count of the misses he had inside the penalty area of the opposition.

The hope of eking out a draw was cruelly dashed by a stupid foul by Ashley Young, the captain, a free kick and United were two goals down. Still there was no energy except for Daniel James, who was lively and full of energy throughout the game, if United were to take any positives then he was one.

David De Gea was subdued, he seem to have lots on his mind. He signed a new deal, but I do not think that's the end to it. He seems to lack confidence, it should be duly addressed or United will be staring at finishing way below the top six.

The one thing that was evident throughout the game against West Ham, was that United did not have a game plan or even if they did, the players did not know how to execute it on the pitch. This United team is confused about the way they want to play, Ole's frustration was evident throughout the game. Whether it is the players who are not responding or it is the manager who doesn't know how to make the players play the way he wants them to play, time may not be on their side for this youthful United team.

With Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial, Luke Shaw and now Marcus Rashford added to the injured list, the immediate future for Manchester United looks bleak.

© 2019 Jim David


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