Manchester City has stepped up a level or two since Guardiola has taken over the club and the biggest indication came when they absolutely outplayed West Ham on Sunday. City dominated the game on all aspects scoring a wonderful opening goal with Sterling getting on the end of a brilliant move. They made it 2-0 soon after when Fernandinho scored from a set piece. West Ham has a mountain to climb in second half.
Manchester City 2-0 West Ham United Highlights
[ English Premier League 2016-17 ]
7′ 1 – 0 Raheem Sterling scored after City produced a superb move where Silva found Nolito with a disquised through ball who squared it inside the box for Sterling to tab home from few yards out. Not much West Ham could have done about that.
18′ 2 – 0 Fernandinho doubled the lead from set piece after Kevin De Bruyne found him with precised ball. To be fair this could have been avoided as West Ham defense were shambles for most part.
58′ 2 – 1 Michail Antonio bring West Ham right back into the game.
90′ 3 – 1 Raheem Sterling secured three points late in injury time with nicely taken goal.
Match Highlights (English)
Manchester United took on West Ham United in the premier league game which was the most important in United’s season as Champions League place was on the line but they got off to a terrible start even before the kickoff when the game was delayed by 45 minutes due to United bus getting attacked.
After the kickoff United found themselves 1-0 down inside first 10 minutes but they managed to find a way to lead the game 2-1 in second half before 5 minutes madness ensure West Ham secure three points with 3-2.
Match was delayed for 45 minutes after United’s bus was attacked on its way to Upton Park leading up to the last ever premier league game at this stadium.
But once game started United found themselves on the back foot from the minute go as West ham pilled the pressure at United back four from the word go. They found themselves in the lead when Sakho nice finish inside the box put them 1-0 up and United were starring at a defeat already after 10 minutes.
But this has been the case for United this season and whenever they had their backs to the wall they found a way to get back into the game when Juan Mata’s nice run inside the box and a drag back put ball on the plate for Martial who poked home from close range to make it 1-1.
West Ham 3-2 Manchester United Highlights
[ Premier League, Tuesday, 11 May 2016 ]
10′ 1 – 0 Diafra Sakho scored with a nice finish as he beat Blind to find space inside the box and deflected shot found its way into the united goal.
51′ 1 – 1 Anthony Martial tapped home from close range after Juan Mata beat his marker inside the box and squared the ball in dangerous area where Martial put the final touch on the ball.
76′ 2 – 2 Michail Antonio
81′ 3 – 2 Winston Reid
West Ham vs Man United Preview: West Ham surrender their chances of top four finish after a devastating loss against Swansea City last weekend but with United game being the last competitive fixture at 112-year-old Boleyn Group hammers will be keen to sign off in style. Both sides have meet three times already this season a 0-0 premier league game at Old Trafford was followed by FA Cup double header which United won 2-1 on aggregate thanks to Rashford stunning strike in FA Cup semifinal replay back in April.
Louis Van Gaal will have Daley Blind and Marcus Rashford back in the squad having missed the narrow win against Norwich last weekend while there are big concerns about the fitness of Anthony Martial who was pulled off minutes before Norwich game. Luke Shaw and Bastian Schweinsteiger are both back in light training but ruled out for hammers clash.
West Ham also have some injury worries with Dimitri Payet ruled out for couple of months they will be also without Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia. This is how I expect both teams to lineup on Tuesday night.
Predictions: United away form has let them down for most part of the season but this is one game they can not afford to drop points. Infect they have much bigger incentive of winning the match as Champions League place will be well within their reach if they can register three points against the hammers. But it has been that kind of a season for United where as soon as it looked like they are putting on a consistant show a surprise defeat followed hindering their chances of climbing the table. I am going with a West Ham win in this one as they will be eager to sign off from their historic stadium.
Marcus Rashford put United 1-0 up in the replay against West Ham United when he beat Tompkins with superb bit of footwork before slotting the ball home at the far post. Amazing goal by what could be a massive talent for United. Anthony Martial’s shot was deflected in the pat of Marouane Fellaini who poked home to make it 2-0 for United and sealed FA Cup semifinal berth.
Having played out a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford in the quarterfinal tie against West Ham, United travel to Upton park on wednesday night for the replay. Louis Van Gaal was under massive pressure yet again and his side produce another superb performance where their back were at the wall. Marcus Rashford and Fellaini scored in second half to put Manchester United in the semifinals of FA Cup.
West Ham 1-2 Manchester United
[FA Cup Quarterfinal Replay, Wednesday Night, 13 April 2016 ]
- 54′ 0 – 1 Marcus Rashford scored a stunning goal just after the break to put United 1-0 up in the replay
- 67′ 0 – 2 Marouane Fellaini instinctively poked home from close range after Martial’s deflected short fell nicely.
- 79′ 1 – 2 James Tomkins header brought West Ham back in the game but was not enough to get them back in the game.
Anthony Martial saved United blushes to keep them in the FA Cup after 1-1 draw against West Ham at Old Trafford in the first leg of their FA Cup quarterfinal tie. Dimitri Payet had given West Ham 1-0 lead with a world class freekick but it was not enough as both teams set to play the replay at upton park next week.
Manchester United took on West Ham in the FA Cup quarter final game on Sunday, 13th March and it turned out another lack luster display at Old Trafford as far as the first 45 minutes were concerned. United started with Rashford, Martial and Jese Lingard and they lacked experience to cut open solid West Ham defense. Hammers did not enjoy most of the possession but they did have couple of great chances to take the league. Dimitri Payet freekick goal and Martial’s equalizer in second half made sure game ended 1-1 on the day.
Dimitri Payet scored an absolute superb freekick to beat De Gea and put West Ham in the semifinals of 2016 FA Cup. Martial enjoyed some great run around on the left flank and he was constant pain for West Ham defense but United failed to convert their superior possesion into goals as both teams went into the break 0-0.
Manchester United 1-1 West Ham Highlights
[ FA Cup Quarterfinal, 13 March 2016 ]
68′ 0 – 1 Dimitri Payet
83′ 1 – 1 Anthony Martial