HKT On the evening of December 23, a highlight match in the 18th round of the Premier League was West Ham vs. Manchester United at home. In the first half, Garnacho wasted two individual opportunities. Onana and Areola, the starting goalkeepers of both teams, made key saves and the score did not change. In the second half, Manchester United continued to be unable to attack for a long time. Bowen broke the deadlock. Duce expanded the score. In the end, Manchester United lost 0-2 to West Ham.
This game is Manchester United’s last game before Christmas. After the last round away draw with Liverpool, coach Ten Hag avoided getting out of class early. Without European war duties and an early exit from the League Cup, Ten Hag can focus on competing for the top four in the Premier League. Currently, he is only 6 points behind the defending champion Manchester City, and there is still hope of overtaking.
In this round, Manchester United challenged West Ham away from home. The latter ranked ninth with 27 points, only 1 point behind Manchester United. Therefore, the Red Devils must defeat West Ham if they want to narrow the point gap with the top four teams.
Challenging West Ham away from home, Manchester United had 62% of the ball in the first half, shot 6-5, shot 3-1 on target, corner kicks 3-2, scoring chances 2-0. The data was completely dominant, and Garnacho alone had a single goal. Opportunities, but failed to seize the opportunity to score. In the second half, Manchester United continued to dominate and still failed to score. Then West Ham seized the opportunity to score, and Manchester United was ultimately defeated.
After the loss, Manchester United still had 28 points, falling to eighth place and failing to narrow the points gap with the top four teams. The winning West Ham United continued their momentum of grabbing points, with 5 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss in the last 7 rounds. By 16 points, the current points reached 30 points, rising to sixth place.
This loss allowed Manchester United to create three humiliating records. First, they lost 20 games in all competitions in 2023, tying the record in 1989; second, following the 2006-07 season, they lost two consecutive Premier League games again. Give West Ham the shame of 17 years; third, they have lost 13 of the past 26 games in all competitions, exceeding the number of losses in 62 games in all competitions last season.
Detailed review of the game——
In the 5th minute, West Ham passed the ball in the frontcourt, and Emerson shot in the penalty area but was saved by goalkeeper Onana.
In the 35th minute, Anthony sent a through ball, and Ganaccio formed a single shot. The final shot was blocked by goalkeeper Areola and missed the opportunity.
In the 39th minute, Ganaccio once again had a chance to score a single goal. This time he did not choose to shoot, but the cross pass was blocked by the defensive player.
In the 40th minute, Menu tried a shot from outside the penalty area, but goalkeeper Areola fell to the ground and saved it.
In the 44th minute, Anthony sent a cross, and Ganaccio shot from a small angle and hit the side net.
In the 45th and 3rd minutes, West Ham had a free kick opportunity in the frontcourt. Soucek’s header missed the goal and there was no threat.
In the 57th minute, Evans returned a pass from the backcourt at close range. Onana kicked the ball in front of the goal and then hurriedly kicked it to his teammates. Manchester United almost made a mistake in giving a gift.
In the 68th minute, Manchester United made multiple passes in the frontcourt. Luke Shaw inserted into the penalty area and passed in front of the goal. Garnacho failed to touch the ball while trying to catch the ball. The West Ham defender was the first to destroy it.
In the 72nd minute, Bowen and Paqueta completed the cooperation. Paqueta made an overhead pass. Bowen formed a single shot and finally scored an empty goal to help West Ham break the deadlock 1-0.
In the 79th minute, Menu made a stoppage error, and finally Kudus scored with a powerful shot, helping West Ham expand the score 2-0.
Regarding Manchester United’s 2-goal deficit, coach Ten Hag sat on the coaching bench with a despairing expression.
Since then, Manchester United failed to recover from the desperate situation and lost to West Ham away from home.