By Wayne Dixon

7th Dec, 2020 | 1:44pm

WHZ View: West Ham unfortunate to lose 3-1 v Manchester United

West Ham went down 3-1 against Manchester United at the London Stadium on Saturday, missing a chance to go fifth in the table in the process.

United were down 1-0 with 25 minutes to go but turned the game on its head in a 13-minute period to win the match comfortably.

However, the Hammers were largely unlucky during this period and can come away from the game with their heads held high.

According to FBRef, West Ham generated 2.2 expected goals, to Manchester United’s 2.0 xG. They also outshot their opponents 17 to 15 and both sides took six shots on target each.

Unfortunately, it was the incredible quality of some of the players at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s disposal that proved the difference. Paul Pogba scored the equaliser with a brilliant goal from long-range, something it is difficult to legislate for as a manager or defender.

Mason Greenwood’s goal was similar situation too, with the young England man turning and finishing instinctively. Perhaps Angelo Ogbonna could have been closer, but it was another excellent goal that is tough to stop. The third was simply the result of the Hammers pushing ahead as they looked for an equaliser, but Moyes and the players should not lose faith because of this defeat.

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Going forward, Sebastien Haller looks to have found some good form and made a big impact in this match, winning seven aerial duels, taking three shots and completing three dribbles (via WhoScored).

Said Benrahma has looked dangerous in his brief cameos off the bench, while Michail Antonio should be re-integrated into the side shortly after recovering from injury. The midfield pairing of Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek continue to excel and despite the concessions on Saturday, the defence has been strong so far this term.

With the Hammers already having faced many of the big sides, they sit in the top 10 and are well-placed for a strong finish. This result should not change any of that.

In other West Ham news, Rob Green claims Seb Haller unfortunate v Man United