The first half was arguably the best there’s been at Old Trafford this season as the rejuvenated Danny Welbeck, bagged his fifth league goal of the campaign, with a neat left footed finish. Welbeck has always been a huge asset to the side, but his lack of goals has been held against him for two seasons now, three strikes in two games should help put a stop to that. One player who’s been devoid of any criticism since he burst on to the scene this season is Adnan Januzaj, who’s chant is becoming the most popular in the history of football. The youngster was simply breathtaking yesterday and deserved his well taken goal that gave United a 2-0 lead going into the break.
In the second half the Reds took their foot off the pedal a little bit and allowed West Ham, who’d offered very little in the first 45, a tad more time on the ball. Despite the Hammers seeing more of the ball, it was United who struck again through substitute Ashley Young, arguably the most disliked player at the club- but for how much longer?
Carlton Cole grabbed a late consolation for the visitors – mainly thanks to substitute Alexander Buttner playing him onside, but it was a minor footnote in what was a good all round team performance and a special one from Januzaj.