Manchester United and West Ham United played out a goalless draw at Old Trafford on Saturday; here is what we learnt from the encounter:
WESTHAM GIANT KILLERS INSTINCT STILL INTACT
The Hammers have slayed Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea this season, picking up 3 points against them; United got a point from then encounter but that doesn’t take away the fact that West Ham are a different proposition when playing against top opponents. But the hammers lost to Watford, Leicester City, and Bournemouth. United should be lucky not to have been added to the list of slain giants in the hammers books; as the woodwork saved the team from conceding on two occasions
MEMPHIS OF PSV EINDHOVEN SHOWED UP AT OLD TRAFFORD
In the absence of Wayne Rooney for United today, Memphis Depay came on as a second half substitute and showed the qualities that made United splash the cash for his services in the summer. His neat interchange with Fellaini and his ability to dribble past the Westham defender to set up Martial was reminiscence of his ability while at PSV. There is a kind of spark and desire about his performance today.
ANOTHER CLEAN SHEET BUT FAILED TO SCORE
Manchester United kept another clean sheet which is a positive outcome, but on the negative; the Red Devils have drawn 3 of their last 6 EPL matches 0-0 (Man City, Crystal palace and now West Ham United,) it’s a worrying sign for a team that is renowned for his free scoring attacking display while keeping it tight at the back. Van Gaal should have replaced the sales of Van Persie, Javier Hernandez and James Wilson (on loan) with 3 good attackers to help the struggling Rooney but instead he signed 1 unproven attacker.
MARTIAL’S STRUGGLES GOING UNNOTICED
Anthony Martial is finally feeling the weight of being the most expensive teenager in the game. The French man started his career like a ‘’house on fire’’ but has not scored or contributed positively to United’s play and this has gone unnoticed for a while now, while Rooney alone keeps getting the sticks. So far, Rooney has done better than Martial did when u check Rooney’s impact at United in his first 10 matches for the Red devils compared to Martial’s.Follow Football News Arena on Facebook and Twitter for the latest transfer news, injury news, team news and rumours from across the major Leagues in Europe and around the World.