A performance with character and determination to get a well earned three points
Manchester United put in a performance full of fight and zest after being put up against it by captain Wayne Rooney’s idiotic kick out at West Ham’s Stewart Downing. Man Utd started very well against West Ham stringing together quick passing and playing some great attacking football. Wayne Rooney latched onto Rafael’s low cross after the Brazilian’s surging run forward and scored a beautiful one touch goal to give Utd a one goal lead. Utd continued to press high up the pitch and were rewarded as Radamel Falcao played Robin Van Persie through on goal and the Dutchman converted to give Utd a 2-0 lead against the Hammers.
West Ham despite being petty much against it for the majority of the first half did offer a threat going forward and typical for a Sam Allardyce side West Ham pulled a goal back through the French striker Diaffra Sakho with a header from close range after some pretty awful United defending. From pretty much the word go in the second half West Ham looked to exploit the defensive weaknesses in the Utd side and Utd became frustrated and that frustration was shown when Wayne Rooney kicked out at Stewart Downing and the referee correctly sent the Utd skipper off. Whether he was trying to stop a West Ham counter attack or not there is no excuse for violent conduct like that and for the man who is skipper of the worlds biggest club that is not expectable from Wayne Rooney. Utd pretty much gave up on attacking and simply looked to protect the three points and it took some heroic defending from Utd and in particular from teenage defender Paddy McNair who was thrown in for his senior Utd debut due to the defensive injury crisis. McNair bravely clearly the ball of the line which was vital in protecting the three points for the team. United managed to hang on and claim a vital three points and to get Utd within 2 points of the top 4.
The importance of the win cannot be underestimated for the season as the points ensured Utd moved up the table within two points of the top 4. It also got United above rivals Liverpool who are also contenders for a top 4 place. The win also gives a brilliant momentum ahead of next weeks game against Everton and the players will all be feeling confident of getting a win against the Merseyside team. Paddy McNair deserves a lot of praise for his performance because he was thrown in to the side at a time when Utd’s defence is under more scrutiny than ever and he put in a performance of real maturity and composure and his vital header off the line pretty much gave the three points to Louis Van Gaal’s side.