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Manchester United 1-0 West Ham United: 5 talking points as Red Devils eke out narrow win against determined Hammers | Premier League 2020-21

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Manchester United regained second place in 2020-21 Premier League table as an unfortunate Craig Dawson with an own goal, the hosts recorded a close 1-0 victory over the fifth-placed West Ham United u Old Trafford on Sunday.

The home team took control of the first half after a light start, enjoying better chances, only to see their efforts hampered by West Ham’s determined background.

However, they did not allow the intensity of their attacks to drop and were rewarded for their efforts early in the second half when Dawson scored a corner by Bruno Fernandez into his own net.

Manchester United had several opportunities to increase their leadership and put the equalizer out of the reach of their opposition. But West Ham’s poor finish and robust defense ensured their advantage remained slim.

However, as the Hammers offered a small threat in the final third, Manchester United’s defense managed to see victory with relative ease, scoring another clean sheet in the process.

In that sense, here are the five main points of conversation from the game.


# 1 David Moyes is still waiting for his first win at Manchester United as a visiting manager

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The wait for David Moyes ’victory at Old Trafford continues even after this last defeat.

It seems like a long time ago that David Moyes was introduced as the new manager of Manchester United, taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson and starting a new era in club history.

However, Moyes ’time at Old Trafford did not go according to plan, as the Scot quickly moved on before enduring frustrating short spells at several other clubs.

Although Moyes has come a long way toward rebuilding his reputation in his second spell at West Ham, he will still once and for all drive away the demons of Old Trafford. This is because as a visiting manager. he still remains without a win over his former pile.

This latest defeat at Manchester United was Moyes ’11th defeat followed by four draws as the Scot moved to a second season in search of a winning formula at his former home.

# 2 Manchester United are missing a prolific striker in their ranks

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Manchester United were not clinically in front of goal in the absence of a prolific striker.

After a groundbreaking season when he led the line for United and scored 23 goals and provided 12 assists, Anthony Martial would hope to start and improve this season.

Given that Marcus Rashford had a similarly productive season, Mason Greenwood was also among the goals, and talisman Bruno Fernandes who started his first full season with the Red Devils, Manchester United fans would hope to score hard this campaign.

However, only Fernandez seems to have kept fit last season, while his fellow strikers struggled to keep up, resulting in Solskjaer’s men lacking sharpness in front of a goal this season.

Although the addition of Edinson Cavani made up for the drop in goals, the lack of a guaranteed goal scorer at Manchester United became increasingly apparent as the season progressed.

Even against West Ham, the Red Devils created, but later missed, a series of opportunities to present themselves. In the end, they had to rely on an opposing player to score in their net to break the deadlock.

After recently restructuring their hierarchy regarding player acquisition and negotiations, it remains to be seen how high the bonafide scorer ranks on the summer purchase list of newly appointed Manchester United football director.

Posted March 15, 2021, 4:23 AM IST


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