West Ham Take Valuable Point At Old Trafford

West Ham held Manchester United to a drab draw, but it could be a valuable point come the end of the season for the Hammers, as David Ironmonger reports.

Diafra Sahko’s early goal was cancelled out by a Zlatan Ibrahimović header, as both teams struggled to find consistent form and Mourinho was sent to the stands again.

The draw is United’s fourth in seven games and leaves them desperately adrift in the title race, while West Ham have only picked up nine points out of a possible 21 and face an in-form Arsenal team next Saturday.

The game started off with the most unexpected bang, as Dimitri Payet whipped a fantastic free kick across the box for Sahko to nod home. It was the first goal by a West Ham striker this year, as the injury woes continue for Carroll, and Zaza flopped.

The addition of a striker to the team instead of a false nine in the likes of Antonio and Ayew, gave the team a much better balance, allowing the midfield to be more involved going forward.

Ibrahimović levelled the game just before the quarter-hour mark, nodding home a lovely delivery from Paul Pogba who could claim his first assist in a United shirt. Pogba gorgeously drifted past the West Ham players like a ghost before floating a perfect cross to Zlatan.

Darren Randolph continued to impress since being inserted into the starting line up in place of struggling Adrian, making key saves throughout the game and frustrating the United attack.

Jesse Lingard thought he had the game won, but he was ruled correctly offside. United just couldn’t muster a solid attack as a compact West Ham could bend but wouldn’t break.

Jose Mourinho was eventful as ever after Pogba wasn’t awarded a foul just outside the box and subsequently booked for simulation, the United manager decided to punt a water bottle on the side-line. He cut a frustrated figure before Jon Moss marched over and sent the Portuguese boss to the stands after a confrontation with the fourth official. This was the second time he has been sent to the stands this season as the pressure is clearly taking its toll.

West Ham remain in desperate trouble at the bottom of the table, but have hope with strikers finally gaining fitness. Andy Carroll is rumoured to be on the bench this Saturday against Arsenal.