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Wednesday 13 December 2017

West Ham v Manchester United - story of the match

Zlatan Ibrahimovic made sure of the win
Zlatan Ibrahimovic made sure of the win

Juan Mata and Zlatan Ibrahimovic fired Manchester United to a sixth straight Premier League victory at 10-man West Ham.

United were labouring against a Hammers side holding firm despite being a man down from the 15th minute after the controversial dismissal of Sofiane Feghouli.

But Jose Mourinho sent on Mata and Marcus Rashford at the start of the second half and the substitutes combined to break the deadlock.

Ibrahimovic, who hit 50 goals in 2016, then opened his account for the new year as United ran out 2-0 winners.


"Do refs get breathalysed before ko?? #taxiformikedean" - Former West Ham midfielder Trevor Sinclair, like many others on social media, did not agree with referee Mike Dean's controversial decision to give Feghouli a red card.


Rashford had been linked with a January loan move to the London Stadium but proved his worth to Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho as he came off the bench in the second half to set up the opener. Despite having a one-man advantage, United failed to find any rhythm and created little in the opening 45 minutes, but the introduction of the 19-year-old added a much-needed boost to their play. Rashford's pace caused Hammers right-back Havard Nordtveit major problems and the teenage forward was a constant threat whenever he was in control of possession.


After being on the receiving end of a 50/50 challenge with Feghouli, which led to the Algerian's red card, Manchester United defender Phil Jones was heavily jeered from most of the 56,996 fans in attendance. The tackle did not seem to warrant a sending-off and supporters were clearly angered by the role Jones played in the decision as his reaction made the incident look worse than replays showed.


Dean appears on social media more than any other official in the Premier League and he was, again, at the centre of attention in this encounter following his decision to give Feghouli a red card early in the game. From that point on, every decision made by Dean was met with boos from the West Ham crowd. Later in the match, large sections of the fans began to sing, "It's all about you, it's all about you, Mike Dean, it's all about you!". Dean has now shown five red cards in 15 games this season.


West Ham

Darren Randolph 6

Aaron Cresswell 6

Winston Reid 6

Angelo Ogbonna 5

Havard Nordtveit 4

Cheikhou Kouyate 6

Pedro Obiang 6

Michail Antonio 6

Sofiane Feghouli 5

Manuel Lanzini 7

Dimitri Payet 6


Andy Carroll (for Payet, 69 minutes) 6

Edimilson Fernandes (for Kouyate, 82 minutes) 6

Andre Ayew (for Lanzini, 88 minutes) 5

Manchester United

David De Gea 7

Phil Jones 6

Marcos Rojo 6

Matteo Darmian 5

Antonio Valencia 6

Michael Carrick 6

Ander Herrera 6

Paul Pogba 6

Jesse Lingard 6

Henrikh Mkhitaryan 6

Zlatan Ibrahimovic 7


Juan Mata (for Darmian, 45 minutes) 8

Marcus Rashford (for Lingard, 57 minutes) 8

Chris Smalling (for Mkhitaryan, 64 minutes) 6


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