Manchester United dispatched West Ham 2-0 at the Olympic stadium to extend their winning streak in the Premier League to six games.
By Carlo Chikomba
Following that result, the Red Devils have now gone unbeaten in 13 games in all competitions, a feat that they have not been able to achieve since Sir Alex Ferguson was at the helm in March 2013 when they went unbeaten in 18 games.
This was by no means an easy win for Mourinho’s men although they were helped by a harsh decision by referee Mike Dean to award a red card to West Ham’s Sofiane Feghouli after just 15 minutes.
The Algerian winger clashed with United defender Phil Jones in what appeared to be 50-50 challenge but Mike Dean somehow decided it was a challenge worthy of a sending off.
Buoyed by that controversial decision, the Red Devils grew in confidence as they controlled the lion’s share of the possession but they lacked that cutting edge needed to penetrate the Hammers solid defense.
It was beginning to look more and more like another frustrating evening for the visitors until the 63rd minute when Mourinho’s substitutes Mata and Rashford combined to devastating effect with the former providing a great finish after a brilliant assist by the latter.
That goal just about opened the floodgates and in the 78th minute, the Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic unleashed a powerful shot past a hapless Randolph to seal all three points for the visitors. However, the replay suggested that the striker was offside at the time to add further frustration to the London outfit.
Although Slaven Bilic’s side will no doubt feel hard done by the referee’s decisions, in all fairness the Hammers were comprehensively beaten. Mourinho’s men dominated possession from the onset, maintaining 63% of it and completing more than double the passes that West Ham managed.