West Ham came away empty handed from Old Trafford as the lack of cutting edge in front of goal was once again evident for David Moyes’ Hammers.
It was a spirited display but much like many other occasions this season, West Ham simply failed to match the performance with points although it must be noted that Manchester United were in debt to an outstanding display from David De Gea.
The question marks will loom though over whether a more daring approach in selection and formation would have produced a better result, when once again a shift to a plan B was missing.
The only goal of the game came from Marcus Rashford with a moment of quality that our Hammers couldn’t do much about, with Christian Eriksen curling in a pin point cross for the England forward to produce a powerful header into the net beyond Fabianski.
West Ham didn’t wither and in fact were the better side in the second half but despite some excellent play and probing for an equaliser, walked away with zero points with the need for 6 points in the remaining 2 games before the World Cup break desperately needed.
David Moyes was full of praise for his battling side and again felt the result simply didn’t reflect the performance that West Ham put in.
“We deserved to come away with something,” Moyes told BBC Sport. “I don’t think we could have done much more. We gave the ball away a bit too much and that led to Man United’s goal but overall we played well.
“We are just lacking that little bit of clinical edge. I have to praise our players, we put in a great shift today.”
West Ham also lost Lucas Fabianski to injury with the boss confirming that the veteran goalkeeper needed to come away from play with a knee complaint.
“Fabianski rocked his knee, he didn’t feel comfortable and had to come off,” added the boss.