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Premier League
Saturday, 29th September 2018

West Ham United 3
Manchester United 1

by Staff Writer


West Ham United eased to a second win in four days thanks to an excellent opening 45 minutes at the Olympic Stadium.

Having scored eight against Macclesfield on Wednesday, the Hammers took their tally of goals scored for the week to 11 thanks to three more against Joe Mourinho's out-of-sorts Manchester side today.

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West Ham get off to the perfect start when Felipe Anderson scored his first goal since moving from Lazio in the summer by producing a clever backheel to covert Pablo Zabaleta's low cross after just five minutes.

And the lead was (deservedly) doubled two minutes ahead of the half time interval when Andriy Yarmolenko's effort, that appeared to be heading wide of the target, took a wicked deflection via Victor Lindelöf's shine before looping into a helpless David De Gea's net.

The second half was a far more even affair with West Ham content to play largely on the backfoot whilst defending their two-goal lead.

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However the deficit was halved on 71 minutes when Marcus Rashford cleverly converted a corner with a flick that squeezed between Lukasz Fabianski and his near post, bringing the visitors back into the game.

But barely had a minute passed before West Ham's two goal advantage was restored; Mark Noble, with the freedom of Stratford played Marko Arnautovic in with a slide rule pass before the Austrian converted with just De Gea to beat.

After a dreadful start to the season, from which they took no points from their opening four games, the Hammers have now taken seven points from the last nine - a sequence that has lifted Manuel Pellegrini's side away from the drop zone and into 12th spot.

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Player Ratings

Lucasz Fabianski
A little quieter than in recent weeks but still on hand to make the big saves when called upon. Our best signing of the summer, so far.


Pablo Zabaleta
The former Man City man once again worked like a Trojan on the right flank and popped up with an assist for the opening goal of the game.


Arthur Masuaku
Had a decent game but vitally switched off twice - once when Lukaku hit the post, and later for Rashford's goal.


Issa Diop
Oustanding. Getting to grips nicely with the Premier League and forming a formidiblke partnership with Balbuena.


Fabian Balbuena
Wonderful performance - read the game brilliantly. His trademark appears to be stepping in front of an opponent to nip the ball away, which he did with aplomb again today.


Declan Rice
Another superb effort from the young Irish (as things stand) international. Made a number of important and timely interceptions whilst picking out some great passes.


Mark Noble
Worked tirelessly to preserve West Ham's lead then killed the game off with a slide-rule pass for Arnautovic's goal. The Captain's best performance of the season so far.


Felipe Anderson
Good to see him finally get his name on the scoresheet, and what a beautifully-taken goal it was too. Still needs to work a little on his defensive side but another who's getting to grips with English football.


Pedro Obiang
The quiet one - goes about his businessly efficiently and methodically and provided a vital link between midfield and the attack here.


Andriy Yarmolenko
Scored (or played a major part in) West Ham's all-important second goal on the cusp of half time. Looks like he's enjoying his football; long may that last.


Marko Arnautovic
A quiet first half but came to life after the break whilst scoring the goal that killed Manchester off after they briefly threatened a fightback.


Substitutes


Robert Snodgrass
(Replaced Yarmolenko) A wonderfully refreshing attitude - currently reduced to cameo performances in the league but making the most of every second. Every successful squad needs a Snodgrass.


Michail Antonio
(Replaced Arnautovic) His fresh legs replaced a tiring Arnie at a time when the points were pretty much in the bag.


Grady Diangana
(Replaced Anderson) A nice touch from Pellegrini, who allowed the young man to make his Premier League debut in a win against Man Utd just three days after scoring a brace on his competitive debut.


Adrian San Miguel del Castillo
Did not play.


Ryan Fredericks
Did not play.


Angelo Ogbonna
Did not play.


Lucas Perez
Did not play.



Match Facts

Referee: Michael Oliver.

Attendance: 56,938.

Man of the Match: Mark Noble.

West Ham United

Lucasz Fabianski, Pablo Zabaleta, Arthur Masuaku, Issa Diop, Fabian Balbuena, Declan Rice, Mark Noble, Felipe Anderson, Pedro Obiang, Andriy Yarmolenko, Marko Arnautovic.

Goals: Felipe Anderson 5 Victor Lindelof OG 43 Marko Arnautovic 74              .

Booked: None.

Sent off: None.

Manchester United

De Gea, Young, Lindelof (Rashford 57), Smalling, Shaw, Matic, McTominay, Pogba (Fred 70), Fellaini, Martial (Mata 71), Lukaku.

Substitutes: .

Subs not used: Grant, Bailly, Darmian, Herrera.

Goals: Rashford (71).

Booked: Young.

Sent Off: .

 
Staff Writer's Man of the Match: Mark Noble


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