What We Learned: West Ham United 3-2 Manchester United – Barclays Premier League 2015/16

A wonderful concoction of awfulness was on display this evening as Upton Park bowed out of hosting football. From start to finish it was a classless performance and ultimately leaves a place in the top four night on impossible. Angry isn’t the word right now. Here is what we learned on an ultimately crushing evening in London.

Rojo is finished at Old Trafford

Marcos Rojo has had his injury issues this season, and that could have been looked at as a bad thing given United’s threadbare defensive line. It has come to light that it was actually an advantage. He is utterly woeful as a defender, truly an abomination and how he gets in ahead of the available again Cameron Borthwick-Jackson I will never be able to answer or comprehend. He offers nothing at all, his attempted clearance lead to the first goal, and his all round ability can be questioned. He needs selling, simple. I’d go as far as to say I would keep Marouane Fellaini ahead of him.

Morgan Schneiderlin has to improve

In fact the entire midfield does. It’s been a weak point for some time now, and both Schneiderlin and Herrera tonight were lamentable. Schneiderlin needs to improve massively if he is to continue playing for Manchester United. You can perhaps allow some benefit of doubt as it is his first season, but tonight he was woeful. Sauntering back and Lanzini pulled it back for Sakho to score, and just all round atrocious before being rightly replaced at half time. Ander Herrera should be given more of an opportunity, or so I thought before tonight. He was utterly tepid and rarely impresses when he starts. I don’t get it. United strengthened in the middle and it was meant to be solved with the additions in the summer, but it’s far from the truth. If it’s can Gaal or someone else next season then there is a lot of work to do.

The squad isn’t good enough

Whether it comes down to poor management or not, this squad is full of holes and weak points. There are a handful of players I would keep in that current squad based on tonight, and that’s being kind. The ones you keep are the obvious ones; De Gea, Smalling, Blind, Rooney (on his recent form), Mata (one tonight not the season), Martial and Rashford from those that started. Otherwise the rest can be given away for all I care. Tonight exposed a lot of the weaknesses currently at work at Manchester United. Second to everything (especially in their own box) and very little fight or desire, it’s all very midtable and not very Manchester United. There was a real chance to make a statement tonight and spoil the party, as it is United rolled over and allowed West Ham to stroll away with a victory. It’s so bitterly disappointing I’m running out of words.


It’s probably justified based on the season as a whole. Getting top four really wouldn’t be deserved, and if everyone is honest, 5th is an achievement with how awful things have been this term. It’s now dependent upon United winning and City losing, which is just down right upsetting. It’s to the point now where I just want Sunday to be over and done with so everyone can concentrate on next season and get out of this hideous mess United find themselves in. Of course, all is not lost quite yet, and football is a fickle sport. But after that Monday can’t come quickly enough. Everyone has their limits and mine has been reached. I hate football.


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