West Ham United continued their impressive turnaround from a forgettable season’s beginning at the expense of in crisis Manchester United, with a deserving 3-1 victory Saturday at the London Stadium.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side built on their positive results against Everton and Chelsea to secure their best results of their 2018-19 campaign, and leave further questions about Jose Mourinho for another time the Portuguese tactician is in his third year at a club.
The Hammers capitalized on United’s tepid start and secured the opener just five minutes. Although there were clear hints of offside on Pablo Zabaleta after captain Mark Noble’s great ball to him, the veteran right back delivered a perfect ball into the path of Felipe Anderson for his first West Ham goal.
United barely improved, as the Hammers were able to get a second with a little bit of luck, as Andriy Yarmolenko’s happy days with his new club continued. The Ukrainian’s shot deflected off of a hapless Victor Lindelof’s body in the 43rd minute to give the home side a formidable 2-0 lead going into the break.
Mourinho’s side were able to prevent massive embarrassment and seemed like they would produce one of their patent comebacks, when substitute Marcus Rashford finished superbly in the 71st minute with a sideheel finish off a corner. But West Ham restored order just three minutes later, when Noble continued his vintage afternoon with a perfect pass finding Marko Arnautovic, who secured all three points with a cool finish past David De Gea.
It’s another wonderful day for United, at the expense of more Mourinho misery. The Hammers hope their fine run of late can continue, as they face off against Brighton on Friday at the AmEx.