Manchester United held to West Ham draw

Manchester United were left frustrated at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon following a goalless draw against an impressive West Ham side.

  • Manchester United 0 West Ham 0
  • West Ham wasteful in front of goal
  • Moses goes off injured
  • Zarate misses sitter
  • United unable to find the winner

Match Summary

It was an end-to-end, scrappy affair at Old Trafford as United failed to create any real goalscoring opportunities for much of the game.

And indeed West Ham could have won by four or five goals if not for poor finishing, having crafted several clear-cut chances throughout.

Full Report

After an end-to-end start to the game, West Ham really should have taken the lead in the 12th minute Victor Moses went one-on-one with David de Gea, the United stopper doing well to thwart the Hammers winger.

At the other end, Winston Reid was in the right place at the right time to block Anthony Martial's goalbound shot after some good build-up play by United on 16 minutes.

West Ham, though, were causing the Red Devils all sorts of problems and were nearly ahead on the 22-minute mark when Chris Smalling's clearance came off Mauro Zarate's head and off the woodwork after Aaron Cresswell had forced a fumble from De Gea with a low cross.

There was yet another injury blow for West Ham in the 37th minute when Moses was forced off through what looked like a hamstring injury.

Zarate nearly had West Ham ahead on 57 minutes after he was fed through on goal by Andy Carroll, but the Argentine could only drag his effort wide having gone one-on-one with De Gea.

Four minutes later, United were desperately close to taking the lead, Marouane Fellaini forcing a deft save from Adrian after some fancy footwork from Martial to set up the big Belgian.

Man United missed another chance on 66 minutes when Juan Mata screwed a right-footed effort wide of the mark after some good interplay with Martial.

The Red Devils then had the best chance of the game on 81 minutes when Fellaini and substitute Memphis Depay crafted a great attacking move to tee up Martial. The Frenchman, though, managed to curl his wonderful effort inches wide of the far post.

With just moments remaining, Smalling found himself in a little space in the box and managed to fire off a shot, only to be denied by a block close to the line.