Mata and Zlatan on target as United win again

Manchester United were made to work hard for their 2-0 victory over 10-man West Ham at the London Stadium on Monday as they made it six wins on the spin.

  • West Ham 0 Manchester United 2
  • Feghouli sent off early on
  • Hammers hold on until half-time
  • Mata fires United in front
  • Ibrahimovic seals the win

Match Summary

The contest appeared to be over on the quarter-hour mark when Sofiane Feghouli was dismissed for a lunging tackle on Phil Jones, but the Hammers continued to battle away and threatened to take the lead on a few occasions.

However, Jose Mourinho's side finally broke the deadlock in the 63rd minute through Juan Mata, before Zlatan Ibrahimovic doubled their advantage 12 minutes from time. The hosts will feel aggrieved, though, as they looked on course for a valuable draw following a very impressive 10-man effort.

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It was a first half that was littered by poor challenges from both teams and one such incident saw Feghouli shown a straight red card after just 15 minutes.

The French winger took a heavy touch as he advanced on goal and threw himself into a challenge with Jones, who got to the ball first. Referee Mike Dean produced the red card to leave Hammers boss Slaven Bilic fuming on the sidelines.

Dimitri Payet had earlier attempted an ambitious shot from range on the right but pulled the ball well to the left of the goal in the fifth minute, while Manuel Lanzini forced David De Gea to tip his strike from just outside the area around the right post five minutes later.

The sending-off dented the hosts' promising start and United nearly took the lead 10 minutes before half-time when Antonio Valencia was denied by Darren Randolph at point-blank range from Henrikh Mkhitaryan's low cross and Jesse Lingard hit the right post on the rebound, with the ball bouncing straight to the keeper on his line.

De Gea prevented the east Londoners from taking a shock lead in the final minute of the half as he pulled off a superb save to tip Lanzini's curling shot behind.

Michail Antonio again went close for Bilic's men eight minutes after the restart as he got on the end of Payet's free-kick on the right, but glanced his header just wide of the left post.

Antonio should have broken the deadlock on the hour mark after the Hammers won back possession in the middle of the park, which saw Lanzini play the winger through on goal, but he failed to beat De Gea from 14 yards out.

They were made to pay for that big miss just three minutes later as Marcus Rashford got away on the left and picked out Mata, who slammed the ball home from inside the area.

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Paul Pogba threatened to double the visitors' advantage on 68 minutes with a left-footed shot from just outside the area that went fractionally wide of the left post, while the French midfielder failed to hit the target from 18 yards out soon afterwards as he got on the end of Rashford's cutback on the left.

Randolph was fortunate not to see Rashford's strike from right go in after the keeper made the save at his near post, but the ball squirmed out of his grasp and hit the post before coming to rest at his back.

But Ibrahimovic sealed the win on 78 minutes as he hammered a loose ball home from inside the area after Ander Herrera deflected a clearance into his path. Replays suggested that the Swede had been offside, however.

Randolph made a sharp save to deny Herrera on the volley from Rashford's cross on the left with five minutes remaining as the Red Devils finally put the extra man to good use since the introduction of their teenage youth product.