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West Ham secure back-to-back home wins over Man United with a 2-0 victory
One of these teams is finally moving slowly forwards, the other continues to regress. So why would anybody be surprised that West Ham saw off Manchester United rather routinely here?
Aaron Cresswell’s free-kick found the corner of David de Gea’s net with six minutes left, the away end of the London Stadium started to empty. It takes a lot for Manchester United’s traveling support to turn their backs on their team but afternoons like this will do it.
Against a West Ham team that did not even have to play to its potential to win, United rolled over to a second Premier League defeat of the season. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team have won just two of their opening six games and sit eighth in the table ahead of Chelsea’s game with Liverpool on Sunday afternoon.
Brilliantly-taken strikes from Andriy Yarmolenko and Aaron Cresswell gave West Ham United a deserved 2-0 victory over Manchester United at London Stadium.
That – strange as it sounds – feels about right for this poorly assembled, modestly-talented group of footballers. There is no longer a feeling of shock about results like this.
The Hammers played with a desire and purpose that was ultimately capped by two well-executed left-footed finishes: Yarmolenko’s crisp strike finishing off an incisive move just before half-time, and Cresswell bending in a perfectly-placed free-kick with five minutes remaining.
While United started the second half brightly, an injury to Marcus Rashford stunted hopes of a comeback that were put fully to rest when Cresswell scored a wonderful free-kick late in the game.
WEST HAM 2-0 MANCHESTER UNITED – YARMOLENKO (43), CRESSWELL (84)
West Ham XI: Fabianski, Cresswell, Diop, Ogbonna, Fredericks, Rice, Fornals, Noble, Yarmolenko, Anderson, Haller
Manchester United XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Young, Matic, Pereira, McTominay, Mata, Rashford
West Ham have 11 points after six games, the same as third-placed Leicester, while Manchester United are eighth on eight points.