Hammers In Heaven With Red Devils Point
By Tom Dowsett
Friday 11 May 2018 13:01:00
Browse all Match Reports articles


West Ham United continued their unbeaten start to May after they were held to a goalless draw by Manchester United on Thursday.

David Moyes named the same team that played against the Foxes five days earlier, as Adrián remained in goal even though Joe Hart was back on the bench after recovering from illness.

Both teams saw plenty of the ball in the opening stages but the home side had the better chances.

Aaron Cresswell set up Marko Arnautovic but the Austrian was unlucky not to open the scoring with a header. They had another chance just minutes later when Cheikhou Kouyaté also tested goalkeeper David De Gea with a header of his own but the Spaniard made a great save.

José Mourinho's side had their fair share of good opportunities as well but found Adrián in equally impressive form. He was called into action on three separate occasions denying Jesse Lingard, Alexis Sánchez and Luke Shaw.

Cresswell again went close with an effort that hit the post, before João Mário should have put the home side ahead when Arnautovic sent the ball into the box but unfortunately for the home faithful, the Portuguese midfielder couldn't finish the chance off.

It would be fair to say that both sides were happy at half-time, as the visitors only needed a point to secure a second place finish.

The sides were still closely matched when referee Jonathan Moss blew the whistle for the restart. The Hammers had a great chance to finally make the breakthrough with an hour gone.

Quick play from the former Stoke City winger sent the Red Devils into panic mode. His renewed energy allowed him to run into the area and the ball fell to Pablo Zabaleta but when he went to strike it, a defender was in the way.

Five minutes later, Moyes made his one and only substitution. He changed system and went with two strikers, as Andy Carroll replaced Arthur Masuaku.

The introduction of the former Newcastle United and Liverpool man certainly gave the Irons hope of getting a result from this game and he nearly made an instant impact when he combined well with Arnautovic to set up captain Mark Noble but he could only send his opportunity wide.

Minutes later however, the skipper returned the favour but the Austrian also missed the target with his attempted volley.

With time running out, tempers flared between Noble and Paul Pogba when the Hammers' skipper appeared to raise his hand to the Frenchman's face. Both players perhaps quite rightly received bookings.

After a considerable amount of stoppage time had passed, the home fans showed their appreciation for what had been another hard-working performance.

West Ham have one more chance to impress their loyal supporters on Sunday afternoon, as Moyes and Sam Allardyce face their former clubs, when Everton are the final visitors to Stratford.

Discuss this story in our forum. It's quick and easy to register.

To rate this article select the number of stars you think perfectly rates this article.
Current overall rating after 0 votes: 0.00
Are You A Potential FansOnline Site Manager?
If you would like to run a site for a team not already featured on FansOnline, please get in touch and we will be happy to create the site for you.

Click here to contact us if you have what it takes to become a fansonline site manager

Advertise On Fansonline.net
Showcase your products and services to our members at some of the best rates in the industry.

With various advertising opportunities and placements why not get in touch to discuss your requirements today?

Click here to contact us to discuss your advertising needs.

Fansonline Home | About Fansonline | Contact Fansonline | Privacy Policy | TOS

Copyright © 2008 to 2020 Fansonline.net Ltd
FansOnline.net Ltd
Brentnall Center
Gilkes Street