Premier League | 27 Nov. 2016 | Old Trafford | Attendance: 75,314 | Scorers: Ibrahimovic 21; Sakho 2
Manchester United’s fading chances of winning the Premier League were dealt another blow on Sunday as they fell further behind the leading pack following their 1-1 stalemate at home to struggling West Ham.
Photo: United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic (2nd right) celebrates with teammates after scoring through a header against the Hammers
Manchester United were held at Old Trafford for the fourth consecutive time in the Premier League as West Ham United drew 1-1. Unbelievable but it’s true!
West Ham’s Diafra Sakho put the Hammers ahead in less than two minutes but United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s header midway through the first half flew past Darren Randolph to make it 1–1.
Bastian Schweinsteiger was the surprise name on the United substitutes’ bench. The German midfielder had not featured in United’s squad since coming on in the Manchester derby victory back on 20 March when teen star Marcus Rashford grabbed the headlines with the decisive goal.
Boss Jose Mourinho was sent to the stands after he reacted furiously to referee Jonathon Moss’ decision to book Paul Pogba for a ‘dive’.
Possession: United 74% West Ham 26%
Shots at goal: United 9 West Ham 2
Shots on target: United 4 West Ham 1
Corners: United 4 West Ham 2
Manchester United have now frustratingly drawn four Old Trafford league games in a row for the first time since November 1980 but at least there’s a swift second chance to beat the stubborn Hammers when they visit again on Wednesday in the EFL Cup, hopefully.
Possession: United 68% West Ham 32%
Shots at goal: United 17 West Ham 5
Shots on target: United 8 West Ham 2
Corners: United 8 West Ham 4
United: De Gea; Valencia, Jones, Rojo, Darmian; Herrera; Pogba, Mata (Mkhitaryan 65), Rashford (Rooney 65); Lingard (Fellaini 85), Ibrahimovic. Subs not used: Romero, Blind, Schweinsteiger, Young.
Booked: Pogba, Valencia.
West Ham: Randolph, Cresswell, Kouyate, Lanzini (Ayew 74), Obiang, Sakho (Fletcher 65), Noble, Collins, Ogbonna, Payet (Feghouli 90+4), Antonio. Subs not used: Adrian, Nordtveit, Zaza, Fernandes.
To be frank, as a Manchester United fan and supporter, the performance of my team on Sunday against the visitors, which is United’s worst start since 1990-91 is frustrating. It appears that United is deliberately stuttering to annoy me – to no end. Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United appears not to be worried about their faltering English Premier League title hopes.
According to a report by Goal.com, Mourinho’s assistant manager Rui Faria said that United is not worried about the Premier Leadue title. The report said that Faria insisted that the focus is on improving and winning matches. That is the “dummest and most stupidest thing” I have ever heard in my life. To hear that from an official who works at Old Trafford, I was stark-starring mad!
A draw with the Hammers was disappointing, considering our position on the Premier League Table above, before the match on Sunday. It’s equally disappointing that my darling football team’s assistant manager will have his thoughts directed towards just winning matches and not lifting the trophy – what a life. Nobody, I repeat, nobody, will shake my love and support for Manchester United, least of all, Mourinho or his overrated assistant . . .
Up Man U!