Match Report

Match Report: West Ham United 0-0 Manchester United

Manchester United secured their second-placed finish with a goalless draw against West Ham United at the London Stadium.

With Manchester United sure of Champions League football and West Ham sure of Premier League football next season, there was nothing riding on this game and it showed.

West Ham were unchanged from their 2-0 win against Leicester. Man United make eight changes with only David de Gea, Chris Smalling and Paul Pogba keeping their places from the 1-0 defeat against Brighton.

Marko Arnautovic had the first chance of the game with six minutes on the clock but after shrugging off Chris Smalling, his shot was straight at David De Gea.

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Man United woke up when the game was 20 minutes old and put West Ham under severe pressure. Scott McTominay let fly from the edge of the box but his effort was just wide. A minute later Jesse Lingard’s shot was well saved by West Ham keeper Adrian. The onslaught continued.

Adrian was alert again to push Alexis Sanchez’s shot away and then he reacted quickly to kick Luke Shaw’s follow-up onto the woodwork. West Ham had Adrian to thank for keeping them in the game.

The Hammers created a few half-chances through Aaron Cresswell and Arnautovic but nothing that really troubled the away side. Arnautovic, who was proving to be a handful, created a great chance after beating his man and putting in a cross for Joao Mario whose shot was wide of the near post. If West Ham were going to score, Arnuatovic would almost certainly be involved.

Into the added minute at the end of the first half, Lingard struck a fierce shot at Adrian who once again got across to make the save.

Despite a fairly entertaining half, it was goalless at the break.

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After his heroics during the first 45 minutes, Adrian was nearly caught out at the beginning of the second half. Sanchez glided round Adrian with ease but fortunately, Angelo Ogbonna was on the line to clear the danger away.

The second half had a more subdued, end of season feel than the first with neither side creating any clear-cut chances. Smalling had a chance in the 65th minute from a Sanchez corner but he headed wide.

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The most exciting part of the second half came in the final few minutes. Pogba kicked out at Mark Noble and both players were booked but the West Ham captain was lucky not to see red for his aggressive reaction which saw him wrap his hands around Pogba’s throat.

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The match ended goalless with a draw securing Manchester United’s second-place finish. The point left West Ham a point behind Brighton who are in 14th place.

On the final day of the season, Manchester United host Watford at Old Trafford before taking on Chelsea at Wembley in the FA Cup Final (19th May). West Ham United host Everton at the London Stadium in the last match of their 2017/18 campaign.

West Ham Starting XI: Adrian, Rice, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Zabaleta, Kouyate, Noble, Masuaku (Carroll 66), Joao Mario, Lanzini, Arnautovic.

Unused subs: Hugill, Obiang, Hart, Evra, Fernandes, Cullen.

Man Utd Starting XI: De Gea, Lindelof, Smalling, Jones, Valencia (Bailly 90+4) Herrera, McTominay, Shaw, Pogba, Sanchez (Young 90+2), Lingard (Rashford 74)

Unused subs: Mata, Martial, Blind, Romero.

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