By Andy Hyslop
- United suffer another goalless day at Old Trafford.
- Result means drop down to 4th in the table, 3 points off the top
Manchester United and their fans suffered another frustrating 90 minutes at Old Trafford. Drawing their second successive home game 0-0. The fourth time a game has ended in that scoreline at Old Trafford this season.
Unite were without captain Wayne Rooney, his place in the starting line-up was taken by Fellaini. While Lingard returned to the starting after missing out through injury last time against Watford. Lingard replaced Young as United reverted to four at the back.
In midfield Morgan Schneiderlin replaced Carrick, though he didn’t see the first-half out as he had to be replaced by Carrick just before half-time.
The best chance of the first-half fell to West Ham’s Victor Moses, as he was put through on goal after Blind had given the ball away. Moses effort was saved by De Gea as he blocked the shot with his feet.
The best chance for United came when Fellaini knocked down Lingard’s cross into the path of Martial, whose shot on goal would surely have hit the back of the net if it wasn’t for a superb block from Winston Reid.
At half-time we saw young right-back warming up and he came on at the start of the second-half to replace Paddy McNair. Van Gaal confirmed after the game that both Schneiderlin and McNair had suffered minor knocks but are very doubtful to face Wolfsburg.
United went close on several occasions, though never really tested Adrian in the West Ham goal. The only save he was required make came after a run from Martial, who laid it for Fellaini and his effort was superbly saved by Adrian.
United tried to push for the winner, but any effort they had on was blocked by the opposition and they played out the 0-0 draw once again at Old Trafford.
The result will be viewed by many as an opportunity missed after Manchester City’s defeat to Stoke earlier in the day but we won’t know that until the end of the season. The focus now turns to Wolfsburg on Tuesday night.
Manchester United: De Gea, McNair (Varela 46), Smalling, Blind, Darmian, Schneiderlin (Carrick 44), Schweinsteiger (Memphis 73), Mata, Fellaini, Lingard, Martial Substitutes Not Used: Romero, Borthwick-Jackson, Pereira, Young