Manchester United showcased a commanding performance on both ends of the pitch in their triumph over West Ham at Old Trafford.
In a departure from the norm this season, there was a sense of assurance as Erik ten Hag’s side secured victory with 20 minutes remaining. It’s a rarity in a campaign marked by relentless battles for points, making the early closure particularly satisfying.
The Red Devils asserted their dominance with a first-half strike from Rasmus Hojlund followed by two goals from Alejandro Garnacho in the second half.
West Ham manager David Moyes acknowledged his team’s shortcomings in the attacking third, lamenting their lack of clinicality despite creating opportunities. He singled out Diogo Dalot’s impressive defensive intervention against Jarrod Bowen as a crucial moment in the game, praising the defender’s timely tackle.
Moyes revealed his tactical approach, highlighting the threat posed by Marcus Rashford and Luke Shaw, against whom his team was meticulously set up. Despite his team’s efforts to neutralize these threats, Moyes acknowledged Ben Johnson’s commendable performance in containing Rashford.
Additionally, Moyes recognized Lisandro Martinez’s pivotal role in thwarting a dangerous West Ham attack early in the second half. Martinez’s defensive prowess prevented a potential goal-scoring opportunity, showcasing his importance to the United defense.
However, Martinez’s subsequent injury raised concerns for both Moyes and ten Hag, with the latter expressing apprehension about its severity. As the Red Devils continue their campaign, Martinez’s fitness remains a key concern for their defensive stability.