Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku Man United's 'worst' in prideless defeat to West Ham
On the back of an awful week, Manchester United really needed a result away to West Ham. Apparently nobody let the players know that, with them suffering a second embarrassing defeat. The home team were well deserving of their 3-1 win as they came racing out the blocks. United were fast asleep for the first 10 minutes or more and went a goal down thanks to Felipe Anderson, courtesy of something that resembled what you'd see when the juniors took on the infants on the playground.
United got back in to the game and dominated much of the possession without doing much with it for the rest of the half. Romelu Lukaku saw his effort come back off the post. But it was West Ham who scored next with a deflected effort leaving David De Gea with no chance.
United were offered some hope when substitute Marcus Rashford scored a great goal, but West Ham wrapped up the points after Marko Arnoutavic got in behind United's backline.
An awful day for United and an awful day for Jose Mourinho.
Rashford scored a goal. United fans can always be happy to see him on the scoresheet. It was a decent showing from him after coming on early in to the second half.
What wasn't negative? The tactics, the performance and the result were all awful, against a team that may well still go down this season.
Mourinho got it totally wrong. To attempt to play defensively and still concede three goals is embarrassing.
The players, by and large, showed zero professional pride. Whatever tactics are or however uninspiring the manager is, there's no excuse to put in a shift like that.
Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku were the worst players on the pitch, which is a worry when you consider they're Mourinho's most expensive buys.
Manager rating out of 10
3 -- Set the team up to defend and they didn't defend. The players didn't play for him. Nobody looked like they knew what they were doing. At least he brought on Rashford to score.
Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)
GK David De Gea, 6 -- Left exposed yet again by the poor defence in front of him. Not much he could've done about any of the goals.
DF Ashley Young, 5 -- Put in some decent crosses, certainly more than Antonio Valencia would have done anyway. Delivered United's worst corner of the season though, which is saying something.
DF Scott McTominay, 5 -- Some decent balls forward from deep. Showed his strength well on a few occasions. Had a good strike from distance. But largely looked uncomfortable defensively.
DF Chris Smalling, 5 -- Made an excellent challenge early in to second half that almost certainly would've been a goal otherwise. But he was nowhere for West Ham's third.
DF Victor Lindelof, 4 -- Nowhere to be found when West Ham took the lead. Hooked with less than an hour played.
DF Luke Shaw, 6 -- Let the cross in for the goal but worked hard down United's left wing and delivered to corner for Rashford's score. Looked like one of the few players who cared less.
MF Marouane Fellaini, 5 -- His second-half header forced a good save but he probably should've scored. Involved in some of United's better moves going forward. Was a target man but nothing really took off.
MF Nemanja Matic, 5 -- His job is to protect the defence. He failed to do this. However, he did well to keep possession for the team and was more involved than you'd expect in the opposition half.
MF Paul Pogba, 3 -- Saved by the offside flag when he headed the ball wide from a few yards out. His second-half performance was nothing short of embarrassing, casually hoofing the ball forward to no one. The away end let him know what they thought about his effort when he was subbed off.
FW Anthony Martial, 5 -- Mixed game from the Frenchman. Ran the ball out of play under no pressure early on. Brilliant skill on the touchline in the second half to beat a few players. Some good moments but didn't have the end product required.
FW Romelu Lukaku, 4 -- Saw his first chance come back off the post. Didn't do much else going forward, other than repeatedly cross the ball to the goalkeeper. Can't really be blamed for how little he saw the ball though.
FW Marcus Rashford, 7 -- Came on for Lindelof after 55 minutes. Scored a great goal to get United back in the game. Some good work on both wings.
MF Fred, N/R -- Came on for Pogba. Didn't make a huge difference but at least he tried.
FW, Juan Mata, N/R -- Replaced Martial. Didn't make any impact.