West Ham United vs Manchester United: Premier League Matchday 31: Live From London Stadium
10:30 PM: Unfortunately, that wraps up our live coverage this evening as both managers have now finished speaking here at the London Stadium, where Moyes’ West Ham United and Mourinho’s Manchester United have played out a goalless draw under the lights. With chances coming at both ends, either side could have won it, but neither could force a way through, in the end.
The result means that the Irons’ hopes of finishing in the top half are still alive and will be decided on Sunday afternoon when Sam Allardyce’s Everton will be the visitors to the London Stadium. That is when we will be back Live Blogging, bringing the final day clash to you live, similarly to this evening. We hope that you can join us once again for then, you won’t want to miss it.
Meanwhile, a point was very significant for the Red Devils as they secured a second-placed finish behind rivals Manchester City at the top of the standings. United will have very little to play for in their next fixture at Old Trafford, against Watford on Sunday afternoon and they will also have the FA Cup final in mind, which they will contest with Chelsea in just over a weeks’ time.
We would like to thank you sincerely for choosing and joining our coverage of this keenly-contested Top-Flight clash, especially to those of you that have been with us for the full five hours. We also hope that you enjoyed our coverage and we will see you again in future. Please stay across all of our platforms over the next few days for all the reaction to this clash and build-up to the Toffees encounter. I’ve been your Host Reporter Luke Glanville, live from London Stadium, thank you and goodnight.
On How The Referee Dealt With The Late Brawl:
“I was very far from it, but I think so.”
On West Ham’s Performance And Substitutions:
“They play to win and the changes David made was to do that.”
On Noble and Pogba Making Up After THeir Disagreement:
“Paul and Noble, they looked in love.”
On His Team’s Fitness Ahead Of The FA Cup Final:
“They need to keep playing.”
On Securing Second Spot:
“Second is the best position available.”
On His Team’s Performance And Result:
“I think the game was quite good, we controlled the game.”
“Any team that goes to this kind of match where you need something, you fight for that.”
10:13 PM: Very brief from Moyes and his opposite number, Red Devils manager Mourinho, has swiftly followed him here in the Press Conference Room, live quotes to follow………..
On Wayne Rooney Going To The MLS:
“If he chooses to go, DC will be getting a really good player.”
On The Late Incident Involving Noble:
“Nobes played really well again tonight.”
“I didn’t make much of it, to be honest.”
On His Team’s Result:
“It was a thoroughly deserved draw.”
10:00 PM: Hammers boss Moyes has arrived here to speak to us, live quotes to follow………..
9:55 PM: While we wait for two bosses, a quick glance at the Premier League table tells us that the Irons remained 15th with the point as did United in second, a place they have now secured, stay with us.
9:45 PM: We have swiftly arrived down here in the Press Conference Room, awaiting the arrival of Mourinho and Moyes, when they do get here, we will have live quotes for you.
9:40 PM: Mixed feelings in the air as the full-time whistle goes here at London Stadium and the Hammers and the Red Devils are locked in a goalless draw, stay on this Live Blog for reaction from both managers in their post-match press conferences.
9:36 PM: Full-time: West Ham United 0-0 Manchester United.
90+2: Carroll is pulled up for fouling Shaw, he stays down, while Bailly comes on for Valencia for the Manchester club.
90+1: The Red Devils are offside from a throw-in.
90+1: United make a second change, Sanchez is replaced by Young.
90: Lanzini bends his shot just over, while three minutes are added on to this match.
89: Valencia is being talked to, while the Hammers can finally take the free-kick, winning another on the edge of the area from it.
88: In the end, both Pogba and Noble go in the book, well, that was entertaining.
87: Noble being fouled causes it to all kick off in the middle, my word, we await what Moss is going to do.
86: Cresswell looks for Carroll, but it is too deep, though the flag was up on the far side anyway.
85: Carroll’s strength gets him a free-kick in the centre, a chance to pump one long.
84: Arnautovic holds the ball up just outside the area, it’s Noble he tees up as there are no repeats of last weekend and he skies.
83: The Red Devils win a deep throw-in and get another right away.
82: I spoke too soon as Carroll and Arnautovic almost combine in the final third, but just can’t find one and other, close.
82: This match really is petering out, 0-0 it remains.
80: The Hammers look to break and work the ball into a decent area, with Arnautovic volleying wide from a tricky angle.
78: McTominay crosses for United, but Rice is there to head away to the far side.
77: Zabaleta forces United to give away a cheap throw-in, although the opening is wasted and possession lost.
76: Very little to report at the moment, both these sides look content with the point.
75: The Senegal captain hobbles off, it looks as though he is going to be OK.
74: Kouyate goes down and stays there as Lingard comes off for Rashford for Mourinho’s men.
73: Ogbonna’s pass to Cresswell is overhit, the ball sails out for a throw-in.
72: The East Londoners win a freekick at halfway and are delayed in taking it quickly.
71: Lingard plays it to Sanchez on the counter, he shifts the ball to Pogba, who curls wide.
70: Carroll’s presence almost forces United to gift the ball to Arnautovic, although it fails to fall to him, as the visitors shoot way over up the other end.
69: Lanzini finds Arnautovic but the forward just can’t control deep in the enemy half.
68: Carroll looks lively, getting involved down the left but unable to win the ball back for his side.
67: Lanzini almost slips Zabaleta in, however, there is too much on the pass.
66: The cross is threatening and Smalling should do better, heading wide, as West Ham make their first change, Carroll replaces Masuaku.
65: The Red Devils look like they have woken up a bit now and suddenly, the Irons have to defend and concede a corner.
63: The Hammers appeal handball as Masuaku’s cross is blocked, that’s another great position wasted, United also waste an opening on the break.
62: at the other end, Valencia picks out Pogba, his header goes comfortably wide.
61: Arnautovic gets the ball on the right of the box and after several blocks, United clear, they are under pressure here.
60: Noble then looks for the forward and the visitors scramble it back to de Gea.
60: Masuaku has the chance to pick out Arnautovic in the middle, is cross is tame and cleared, however.
58: Rice does excellently to win the ball back after giving it away, the Irons break and lose a throw-in on the far side.
57: Mario delivers deep but there is no touch, the Red Devils recovered the ball.
56: The team in Claret & Blue are on top at present, their work culminates in a free-kick on the right of the United half.
55: Lingard has acres of space to strike and does so, Adrian holding onto the central strike well.
54: Arnautovic does well just outside the United box, but loses out, he looks a little isolated at the moment up top.
53: Sanchez is set free but the linesman on the near side flags, rightly so.
52: The home support are enraged when Masuaku is free but then looks to be fouled, replays show that the referee got it wrong.
51: Pogba lets fly, although the deflected shot is Adrian’s.
50: Pogba gets forward but loses the ball to Kouyate who clears, not for the first time this evening.
49: Mario is applauded for stopping the visitors get the ball clear, he has looked bright tonight.
48: Sanchez is in and rounds Adrian, Ogbonna heads his lop off the line and the Red Devils make nothing of the rebound.
47: Lingard looks a threat for United, he registers the first effort which is blocked for a corner, which comes to nothing.
46: Neither side have come out of the blocks and started fast in this second 45.
8:46 PM: Noble gets the game back underway, here we go!!
8:45 PM: A half-time pie in the Press Lounge at half-time later and we are back to bring you this second half live here at London Stadium, where nothing separates the Hammers and the Red Devils, will that change after the break?
8:31 PM: Half-time: West Ham United 0-0 Manchester United.
45+1: Adrian makes his fourth save of the night, pushing away a low effort.
45: Just one minute will be added on to this half.
45: Arnautovic and Jones tussle just below me, the latter gets the free-kick, as does Sanchez further up the field.
44: The ball is flicked to Pogba in the box, however, he used his hand to control and is pulled up.
43: The Red Devils get an advanced free-kick, but once more, opt to pass instead of crossing.
42: Again, the Irons lose possession while attacking, this must be frustrating for Moyes.
41: Sanchez and Pogba look to play a one-two, Ogbonna stops it before United fire over for a goal-kick.
40: Cresswell loops a high cross in and Mario can’t get to it.
40: Kouyate wins a free-kick in the centre of the field, home fans want Pogba booked but Moss decides against it.
38: With half-time on the horizon, this contest has been fairly even, but can someone edge in front? West Ham attack as I type, de Gea sees the ball roll to his feet, with the opening being wasted.
37: The Irons hard work in the final third is awarded with a throw on the far side, though it’s quickly wasted as an offside is given.
36: Nearly! Arnautovic gets away from the United defence again and finds Mario, he can only turn the ball wide.
35: Valencia races free on the right, but Noble is there to put the ball out for a corner with a great challenge, Adrian ends up with the ball in his arms after the set-play.
34: Sanchez is thwarted just outside the area with Rice clearing in the end.
33: Lanzini has been everywhere tonight, this time showing his strength at the back to ward off a United advance.
32: They threaten to as the ball pings around the box, the referee eventually penalising Arnautovic for a foul.
31: The hosts are enjoying a positive spell here, but can they make the most of it before the break?
30: Rice gets his team on the attack and the ball comes to Cresswell, who shoots and the ball sails wide.
29: The two sets of supporters are exchanging chants, terrific atmosphere inside the London stadium at present.
28: Cresswell’s delivery is dangerous, but Moss pulls play back for a United free-kick in the box.
27: The hosts win the ball back and break, Arnautovic’s pace wins them their first corner of the match.
26: Zabaleta takes a while to clear his lines, it allows the Red Devils to retain possession, they get a corner from it.
25: A half-opening for the Irons turns into a United break, but it is stopped, eventually.
24: Excellent tracking back from Kouyate stops the advances of Pogba, he wins a free-kick deep inside his own half, in the process.
23: Incredible work! Adrian produces a stunning double save to deny Sanchez and Shaw, the Hammers would be behind if it wasn’t for the Spaniard.
22: The United set-piece is wasted, but the visitors are starting to threaten more and more.
21: Super save! Lingard has a go on the break and Adrian pushes it away, corner.
20: The hosts give the ball away in a dangerous position again, this time, McTominay picks it up and fires inches wide.
20: Arnautovic goes to ground under pressure from Jones, half-appeals are met by dismissive waves by referee Jon Moss.
19: Mario gives away a throw just below me, quicker feet and he could have found a teammate in a dangerous area.
18: The Red Devils come forward and Cresswell clears, they then get a free-kick, a chance to deliver one is passed and comes of nothing.
16: I’m just seeing replays of an earlier Cresswell tackle on McTominay on my monitor and I can tell you, he was a lucky boy to escape punishment, while Kouyate heads into the arms of De Gea from a free-kick.
15: Off the back of that, Moyes’ men attack, but can create nothing, United look strong at the back, as do West Ham, to be fair.
14: The Hammers give the ball away and Sanchez looks to punish them, his final touch is missing though.
14: Things have died down a little after that, end-to-end stuff, however.
12: Close! Arnautovic has another chance from Cresswell’s deflected cross, but can only react quick enough to head over.
12: West Ham deal with it accordingly as the ball is cleared.
11: Zabaleta’s strong tackle on Pogba signals the first corner of the evening.
11: Sanchez lays it off to Lindelof, who’s low effort is blocked away.
10: Sanchez gets forward for United, the Hammers can stop him at the back yet again, United get a free-kick in the aftermath.
9: Cresswell looks for Arnautovic long, but the ball goes out of play before it goes anywhere near the striker.
8: It must be said that the hosts have been the brighter of the two teams, so far.
7: Shot on target! Arnautovic peels away from the defence and fires straight at de Gea under pressure from defenders.
6: West Ham get the ball in the final third but can’t make the most of it, they now have a throw on the far touchline.
5: Shaw is found on the left for United, but his cross is poor, meanwhile, the Irins win a free-kick on the break.
4: Mario bursts forward, though is just unable to find Zabaleta, throw-in.
3: Sanchez is picked out in behind for the away team but the linesman’s flag is up on the far side.
3: Rice takes it to the United defence but is forced back.
2: The Red Devils’ spell of possession is split up by winning a foul inside their own half.
1: The visitors are happy to keep the ball early doors, we expect plenty of that tonight.
7:45 PM: Lingard gets the game underway for United and we are off!!
7:40 PM: Both teams have walked out to a tremendous chorus of “Bubbles” as the Sun sets below the London Stadium terraces here, kick-off is almost upon us!!
7:35 PM: The atmosphere is building and the London Stadium is filling up nicely here, the bubbles and enormous badge flags are being readied, it’s nearly time for what we’ve all been waiting for, the Hammers vs the Red Devils.
7:30 PM: With just 15 minutes until we kick-off here in Stratford, it’s now time to head over to @WestHamMatters_ on Twitter to vote in our late score predictions Poll.
7:25 PM: Kick-off is sneaking up on us here at London Stadium as it is now just 20 minutes away, a reminder that we will have live text commentary for you once we get underway in this intriguing Premier League battle.
7:20 PM: The home side will hope to be inspired by a very special anniversary this evening as it is exactly two years since their final match at their old stadium, the Boleyn Ground, which they won 3-2, their opponents on that famous night? You guessed it, the Red Devils.
7:15 PM: Both sets of players have now taken to the London Stadium field to complete their pre-match warm-ups, not that they will need to warm up much on this beautiful East London evening.
7:05 PM: So, with team news now out of the way, it’s time to look at some match statistics to get you in the mood for tonight’s footballing feast.
- Manchester United have won each of the last three meetings of these two teams in all competitions.
- The last time that these clubs faced off, United romped to a 4-0 victory at Old Trafford, courtesy of Romelu Lukaku, Pogba and Martial goals.
- The last time that West Ham United avoided tasted victory in this fixture came exactly two years ago today in the final match at the Boleyn Ground.
- Tonight’s clash is the 139th meeting of this pairing in competition football, this evening’s visitors have 65 wins, to the hosts’ 43 and there have been 30 draws.
- West Ham have not scored against the Red Devils since December 2016, when Ashley Fletcher notched in a League Cup fixture.
7:00 PM: To elaborate on the team news, with the FA Cup final in a few weeks’ time in mind, away manager Mutonho has made a staggering eight changes to his starting Xl from an unlikely loss to Brighton & Hove Albion last Friday night, coming into the side are Lindelof, Jones, Shaw, Valencia, McTominay, Herrera, Sanchez and Lingard, they take the places of Matteo Darmian, Marcos Rojo, Young, Marouane Fellaini, Nemanja Matic, Mata, Rashford and Martial.
6:55 PM: Here is this evening’s full teamsheet, which includes how the visitors under Mourinho are lining up.
6:50 PM: As easy as you like from the home manager Moyes this evening, as he opts for an unchanged team from last Saturday’s crucial 0-2 victory at the King Power Stadium, Joe Hart is back in the squad, but Adrian keeps his place, most notably. Full team news and teamsheet to follow………
6:45 PM: West Ham United starting Xl to face Manchester United: Adrian (GK), Zabaleta, Rice, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Masuaku, Noble (C), Kouyate, Mario, Lanzini, Arnautovic.
Substitutes: Hart (GK), Evra, Cullen, Obiang, Fernandes, Hugill, Carroll.
6:40 PM: While team news time ebbs ever closer here in Stratford, I’m sure both managers would have had one very special man in their thoughts all week and that is legendary United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, who has been hospitalised with a brain haemorrhage. Everyone here at West Ham Matters would like to wish him a speedy recovery, he will be in the thoughts of many tonight.
6:35 PM: Just ten minutes remain until the two teams will be released here in East London, stay with us for the first word of that team news.
6:30 PM: The stunning London Stadium scene is set here as we’ve made our way up to the Press Box, the Sun is shining, but will it be a bright evening for the Hammers?
6:20 PM: The ex-West Ham star that we have managed to obtain a result prediction off is none other than humble and charming 1975 FA Cup final hero Alan Taylor, he agrees with me on the draw.
Alan Taylor: Draw.
6:15 PM: Now, you may remember, at the beginning of the evening, I promised that we would catch up with an ex-Hammer here in the Press Lounge and bring you his score prediction and we have done, but first, I will give you mine.
Luke Glanville: West Ham United 0-0 Manchester United.
6:10 PM: Team news is now just a half-hour away from us here in Stratford, so while we wait, why not check out our Match Preview for tonight’s Premier League encounter? Simply click on the link to find it.
6:05 PM: So, now that food matters have been well and truly attended to here at London Stadium, it’s not time to start to turn our attention to this evening’s football, Hammer of the Year Marko Arnautovic is the programme cover star, can the Austrian make a big difference for the hosts tonight?
6:00 PM: And to cool the taste buds down after that, a delightful vanilla cheesecake, delicious.
5:55 PM: A delicious Mexican chili beef for main course here in the Press Lounge.
5:50 PM: Here is what this evening’s Match Accreditation looks like, I will be bringing you live commentary a little later from my favourite B1 spot in the Press Box.
5:45 PM: Good evening from a blustery London Stadium where we have arrived to bring you live and exclusive build-up, text commentary and reaction from this evening’s highly-anticipated Premier League clash between David Moyes‘ West Ham United and Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United. I’m Luke Glanville and I will be your Host Reporter this evening and firstly, I would like to welcome you and thank you very much for joining us and choosing our coverage on this Thursday, and secondly, you can follow me on Twitter @Glanville_Luke and the site @WestHamMatters_.
What a night of football we have ahead of us here in East London, so many storylines, as the Hammers, having secured their Top-Flight safety by overcoming Leicester City at the weekend, go head-to-head with the Red Devils who are looking to cement their claim on second place, with kick-off scheduled for 7:45 PM BST, exactly two hour’s time. Prior to that, we will bring you the first word of team news in around an hour’s time, approximately 6:45 PM. But, be sure to stay with us between now and then for more than your fair share of exciting build-up, including, we hope, some score predictions from the ex-Hammers and footballing and journalistic personalities that surround us here in the Press Lounge, don’t go anywhere.