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Sunday 18 February 2018

David Moyes to collar Adnan Januzaj over dive

Manchester Utd 3 West Ham 1

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 21: Adnan Januzaj of Manchester United is shown a yellow card by Referee Michael Jones during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and West Ham United at Old Trafford on December 21, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 21: Adnan Januzaj of Manchester United is shown a yellow card by Referee Michael Jones during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and West Ham United at Old Trafford on December 21, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Mark Ogden

David Moyes will discuss the issue of diving with Manchester United youngster Adnan Januzaj after the winger became the latest player to find himself at the centre of controversy this season.

Januzaj, who scored his first Old Trafford goal during United's 3-1 victory against West Ham, was booked after falling to the ground without contact shortly before half-time.

With Ashley Young twice coming under scrutiny this campaign following alleged diving incidents, Januzaj can expect the same private warning from Moyes that was given to Young.

And while the booking will take the shine off his performance, Januzaj highlighted his blossoming talent with the stunning goal that put United 2-0 ahead following Danny Welbeck's opener.

Ashley Young scored a third for United after replacing Januzaj in the second half before Carlton Cole netted a late consolation for West Ham, but Moyes insisted that the victory showed his team are beginning to build momentum.

"The rhythm in attack is beginning to get better," Moyes said. "We're beginning to create more chances."

After ending their two-game Old Trafford losing streak with an edgy Champions League victory at home to Shakhtar Donetsk, United's form has continued to improve.

As a result, the tension that was tangible during the home defeats against Everton and Newcastle has been banished.

United started brightly and Tom Cleverley was unfortunate not to open the scoring inside the opening 90 seconds when he was denied by West Ham goalkeeper Adrian. The Spaniard, making his first Premier League appearance for Sam Allardyce's team, may have approached this fixture with trepidation, but any nerves would have evaporated with his save from Cleverley's powerfully-struck effort at the near post.

West Ham, hovering above the relegation zone having won just three league games this season, were devoid of attacking intent and the home side quickly won the midfield battle, with Phil Jones dominating with his physical presence.

Moyes's men pressed forward, sensing an opportunity to win and win well. United took the lead through Welbeck following a slick move involving the England forward and Wayne Rooney. Welbeck followed his back-heeled flick to Rooney from Cleverley's free-kick with a darting run into the penalty area and his reward came with Rooney returning the ball to his feet with a first-time pass.

United pushed forward in search of a second and they were unfortunate to be denied a penalty when Mark Noble shoved Januzaj to the ground. It was a debatable decision, but Januzaj spared referee Mike Jones from post-match scrutiny by doubling United's lead with a stunning goal less than a minute later.

Januzaj ghosted past James Collins and cut inside before curling a right-foot shot beyond the helpless Adrian.

The Brussels-born midfielder was subsequently replaced by Young midway through the second half and the England winger scored United's third with a curling strike from Rooney's pass on 72 minutes. Cole reduced the arrears on 81 minutes.

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