West Ham fell to a disappointing 3-0 defeat away at Old Trafford yesterday, and club captain Kurt Zouma believes the Hammers need to be more clinical in their coming fixtures.
After the game against Bournemouth last Thursday where, despite the result, the Hammers found it difficult to create many opportunities, yesterday’s trip to Old Trafford was quite the opposite, with West Ham registering 22 shots on goal.
David Moyes’ side were a goal down 23 minutes in, after striker Rasmus Hojlund fired a thunderous effort from the edge of the area low into the bottom corner to score his fourth goal in his last four Premier League matches.
Emerson and Jarrod Bowen both had fantastic goalscoring opportunities to get West Ham back into the tie, with Emerson’s effort going just wide of Onana’s goal and Bowen being denied by an excellent block from Diogo Dalot. These were on top of several set piece opportunities that the Hammers were unable to convert.
A brace from 19 year old Alejandro Garnacho, one four minutes into the second half and one with five minutes to go, sealed all three points for The Red Devils.
Kurt Zouma told the club’s official website after the game: “They were more clinical, We had a few chances to score but we couldn’t. It happens in football, especially at this place, which is a tough one to come to.” Going on to add: “We played better than in the couple of games before, I would say, but we couldn’t manage to finish our chances. We have to improve in both boxes.”
The Hammers skipper praised the spirit in the squad, maintaining that despite the result, the attention now turns to the next match: “We are a family. Family is tight, we help each other and the spirit is good. We lost today, but you could feel the spirit was still there. Everyone can’t wait for the next game.”
West Ham are back in action on Sunday afternoon as they welcome 2nd placed Arsenal to the London Stadium.
Written by Finlay Jackson