29th September, 2018.
In an early kick-off Premier League game played this afternoon, matters got worse for a crisis-ridden Manchester United as they were defeated by 3-1- in an away game played against West Ham United.
The Red Devils were not given any chance to settle into the game by the Hammers as the home team took a quick lead as early as in the 5th minute when Felipe Anderson scored his first Premier League goal.
Mark Noble had released Pablo Zabaleta down the right in a move that ended up in goal after Anderson’s back heel finish.
Manchester United almost got back on level terms when Ashley Young roved down the West Ham left and sent in a cross only for Romelu Lukaku to head against the post.
Scott McTominay then got shoved in the area by Masuaku who was just fortunate not to be penalised for his action by the center referee.
Things went from bad to worse for Manchester United when Victor Lindelof deflected in Andriy Yarmolenko’s shot leaving David de Gea with no chance and thereby doubling the advantage for Manuel Pellegrini’s team two minutes before half-time.
Manchester United then made some changes in the second half and that brought some immediate dividends as Markus Rashford cleverly converted from a Luke Shaw’s corner to give his team some hope of redemption in the game.
It was however not to be as Noble picked out the yawning gap between Chris Smalling and McTominay in the United defence and Arnautovic coolly finished the job 16 minutes from time.
Jose Mourinho might have some explaining to do concerning his omission of Alexis Sanchez, Jesse Lingard and captain Antonio Valencia from his match day squad especially at a time when he seemed to need committed players for this game after all that happened within the week.
It was very clear that some of the players who took part in this game surely were to some extent passive in their approach to it.
The manager probably already had his mind on the fact that United will be back in Champions League action at home to Valencia on Tuesday while resting the players mentioned above but that surely will not be enough excuse for failing to perform against a West Ham team that is just beginning to find their feet in the league this season.