Goals from Welbeck, Januzaj and Ashley Young were enough to claim victory against a West Ham side whose manager Sam Allardyce admitted were “not good enough” and who felt that it was the “right result”.
Wayne Rooney was back in the side and assisted both Welbeck and Young’s goals, making more key passes throughout the game than the whole of his oppositions side. Returning from injury, the English striker managed to keep up his excellent form as the central hub of the team, and despite not scoring goal, took his assist tally for the season up to 18, highlighting how crucial he currently is in this United side.
The win for United takes them up to 28 points and means they are only 8 points from the top of the table after Liverpool’s 3-1 win against Cardiff, and David Moyes believes the momentum United are showing is down to an improvement in the attacking understanding in the side. He is getting to know his players and they are finally responding positively and showing their improvements through the winning of games having now won 4 games in a row in all competitions. Moyes said:
“The rhythm in attack is beginning to get better. We are beginning to create more chances. We had the chances to score maybe four or five but overall we were really pleased with how we played.”
The emergence of 18 year-old talent Adnan Januzaj, who even when United have been losing has been an ever-present positive feature of the side is also something exciting to behold at Old Trafford. His goal was an impressive solo effort, requiring composure and skill to turn inside and slot the ball past the keeper.
He received a caution from the referee for simulation, which is his second for that offence of the season, and Moyes assured fans that he will discuss this with the player, although insisted that he has done well so far this season to stay on his feet in situation where he has been a constant target of poor tackles due to his elusive and tricky nature on the ball. The United manager said:
“We will talk to him about it but you might be picking on the wrong person because if you look at the last two games, he has taken more tackles than any other player. I said last week there were a lot of people having a kick at him, because he’s very difficult to mark.
“He’s elusive the way he moves and it can bring defenders into tackles. The referees have to call it right and I just hope he doesn’t get a bad one before they do.”
United’s next game is away to Hull City who sit in 12th position on Boxing Day, and United will surely be hoping to add to today’s win with another as they attempt to amend their terrible start and begin climbing their way slowly back to a Champions League place. With the January transfer window approaching, and signings looking a possibility, United may be able to start viewing this season with a little more optimism.