Thursday 22 March 2018

Manchester United booed off after goalless draw against West Ham

Manchester United fans showed their discontent with manager Louis van Gaal on Saturday
Manchester United fans showed their discontent with manager Louis van Gaal on Saturday

Manchester United were booed off yet again as they played out their sixth goalless draw of the season against West Ham.

United failed to fully capitalise on Manchester City's defeat at Stoke as they missed several chances to earn a much-needed win.

Marouane Fellaini struck the woodwork in the first half and had a shot saved from three yards by Adrian after the break while Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard and Bastian Schweinsteiger all spurned good opportunities in front of goal.

This was not a lucky afternoon for West Ham, however. They could have just as easily registered their first win at Old Trafford since 2007.

The Hammers struck the woodwork twice and Victor Moses should have scored when clean through.

Mauro Zarate also somehow screwed his shot wide from close range after being played in by Andy Carroll.

The noises coming out of the Old Trafford boardroom before kick-off were of support for Louis van Gaal despite the less than convincing performances from his team.

But the only noise reverberating around Old Trafford at the final whistle was booing after this latest disappointment.

United, now fourth in the standings, may be just three points off the top of the table, but - make no mistake - their fans are deeply unhappy with their manager.

Fellaini looked keen to make an impression on his second league start of the season.

The Belgian got on the end of Paddy McNair's cross, but his header clipped the bar after being diverted off Winston Reid.

The West Ham defender came to his team's rescue again when he deflected Martial's shot wide from inside the box after some more good work from Fellaini, who cushioned Lingard's cross deep in the box with expertise.

United then barely troubled West Ham for the rest of the first half.

Mark Noble slotted the ball between Daley Blind and Matteo Darmian to send Moses clear, but David de Gea sprinted off his line to save.

The Hammers then struck the woodwork twice in twice minutes. De Gea dropped Aaron Creswell's ball into the box and Chris Smalling's attempted clearance hit Zarate on the head and clipped the left post.

Reid then lost his marker and powered a low header at the foot of the same post.

United were reeling. They were also lucky to have 11 men on the pitch too. Fellaini slid in late with his studs up on James Tomkins, but referee Mark Clattenburg kept his cards in his pocket.

Schweinsteiger also escaped punishment despite catching Reid with his left forearm.

Moses and Morgan Schneiderlin were replaced by Michail Antonio and Michael Carrick due to hamstring injuries and United substituted McNair for debutant Guillermo Varela after the restart.

Antonio was causing United no end of problems. He found Carroll with a low ball into the box and he cushioned the ball to Zarate, but, with the goal gaping, the forward somehow dragged his shot wide. It was an embarrassing miss and he knew it.

Fellaini then missed from the same distance at the other end when Adrian smothered his shot.

Schweinsteiger then curled a fierce shot just over. Van Gaal brought on Memphis Depay and he made a big impression, laying the ball off to Martial, but his shot whistled inches wide and United could not find a winner.


michael gray @mickygray33

Can't believe what I witnessed at OT today....!

Credit West Ham for coming to play but not 1 player at UTD can be enjoying that football


Manchester United

David de Gea: 7 (out of 10)

Matteo Darmian: 7

Chris Smalling: 7

Paddy McNair: 5

Daley Blind: 6

Morgan Schneiderlin: 6

Bastian Schweinsteiger: 6

Juan Mata: 6

Marouane Fellaini: 6

Jesse Lingard: 6

Anthony Martial: 6


Michael Carrick (for Schneiderlin, 45): 6

Guillermo Varela (for McNair, HT): 6

Memphis Depay (for Schweinsteiger, 73): 6

West Ham

Adrian: 7

Aaron Cresswell: 8

Winston Reid: 8

James Tomkins: 8

Angelo Ogbonna: 8

Cheikhou Kouyate: 7

Alex Song: 7

Mark Noble: 7

Mauro Zarate: 6

Victor Moses: 6

Andy Carroll: 7


Michail Antonio (for Moses, 37): 6

Pedro Obiang (for Song, 78): 6

Carl Jenkinson (for Zarate, 88): 6


Winston Reid. Was at the heart of a fine defensive showing from the visitors and almost got on the scoresheet when his header hit the post.


Anthony Martial shoots wide. United had survived some scares at the other end and were building some momentum in attack when a great chance fell to Martial with around 10 minutes to go. A goal would have been such a boost amid the criticism United have been facing - but the Frenchman put his shot just wide.


Another clean sheet and some slightly more encouraging signs in attack in from Louis van Gaal's men, but ultimately they once again failed to hit the target. This was the fourth 0-0 draw in the last six home games - and the United fans made their frustration known at the final whistle.

Slaven Bilic will be delighted with his West Ham sides' great away performance, in which they were committed at the back and showed counter-attacking endeavour, the only disappointment being that they were not quite able to snatch all three points.


It's a familiar one, but once again - United just did not have the cutting edge of old, something reflected by the home supporters' boos at the end.


Wolfsburg v Manchester United (Champions League, Tuesday, December 8)

West Ham v Stoke (Barclays Premier League, Saturday, December 12)

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