Manchester United 0-0 West Ham United: All square in dull encounter at Old Trafford

Manchester United were yet again unable to find the new in a goalless draw with West Ham United in a game which could have seen the Red Devils top the table, making it five goalless games in just nine games.

There were chances for both sides, as a close-range Marouane Fellaini shot was well saved by Adrian and West Ham hit the woodwork twice.

Despite being at home it was by no means an easy ride for United, with the Hammers arguably having the better of the chances despite the dominant possession stats in the hosts’ favour.

Moses misses best chance of game

While captain Wayne Rooney has been shouldering a lot of the slack for the lack of goals in this Manchester United side recently, United looked just as lacklustre without him, with only a single shot on target in the first half coming as Anthony Martial's effort was blocked.

It was actually Victor Moses for West Ham who had the best chance of the first half, when a sloppy Daley Blind pass was intercepted.

Moses went through only for David De Gea to save United once again, coming out on top of yet another one-on-one encounter.

Superb Reid denies Martial

That is not to say United didn’t have chances of their own in the first half. A superb Fellaini knock down saw Martial’s volley desperately blocked by Man of the Match Winston Reid, but that was as good as it got for the Manchester side in the first half.

The Hammers, on the other hand, sensed a weakness in United and pushed onwards, twice hitting the woodwork, but as first halves went it was a rather bland match between two of the worst sides in the Premier League in terms of the number of chances created.

While the visitors were making chances, they could have been forgiven for being more defensively minded to try and battle for a point or even hit United on the break, but anyone expecting the Red Devils to come out after the half-time interval all guns blazing were to be disappointed.

Varela makes United debut

But on a positive note for United, Uruguayan right-back Guillermo Varela made his debut for the first team, several years after joining the club under David Moyes, coming on for Paddy McNair.

United carved out five chances in the second half, only three of which could be described as truly good chances.

Some good footwork by Martial on the byline after a delightful ball from Jesse Lingard allowed him to pull a pass back to Fellaini. With everyone in the stadium expecting a goal it was a shock when Adrian was able to dive across the net and save it with one firm hand.  

The duo of Lingard and Martial again combined, this time to play in Juan Mata who blasted wide. With Memphis Depay coming on for Bastian Schweinsteiger in the 80th minute, the Dutch youngster was able to find Martial who should have hit the target, but his shot fizzed past the post.

West Ham had some counter-attacking chances but nothing substantial came of them, with De Gea rarely troubled in goal.

Reid masterclass secures point for Hammers

As is often the case when it involved West Ham and impressive defensive displays, captain Reid lead by example as he prevented most of United’s attacks from ever flourishing into even a real opportunities.

He was of course helped by  keeper Adrian, who pulled off the superb save from Fellaini’s close range shot, which if it was duplicated by De Gea in the opposite goal, would likely be doing the rounds on social media as yet another stunning save from the Spaniard.

It was from set pieces where Reid really excelled, shutting down the aerial presence of Fellaini from first minute to last.

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