Witness the complete replay and highlights of the West Ham United vs Manchester United showdown.
Get ready for the action to begin at 12:30 (GMT) on 23rd December 2023
Referee S. Hooper will be officiating this fiercely anticipated clash.
London Stadium is the esteemed venue for this thrilling encounter.
Don’t miss this epic battle in the fiercely competitive England – Premier League, Week 18, Season 2023/2024.
West Ham United vs Manchester United Full Match Reports
West Ham United clinched a hard-fought 2-0 victory over Manchester United at the London Stadium, propelling them above Erik ten Hag’s team in the Premier League standings and leaving the Red Devils goalless in their last four outings across all competitions.
Entering the clash seeking redemption from a humbling 5-1 midweek League Cup defeat to Liverpool, West Ham faced a widely criticized Manchester United side, with the spotlight on 19-year-old Willy Kambwala making his senior debut. Kambwala’s inclusion formed an intriguing defensive partnership with the experienced Jonny Evans, who made his Red Devils debut when the young defender was just three years old.
West Ham initiated the first scoring opportunity when Emerson Palmieri, cutting inside from the right, unleashed a left-footed strike parried safely by André Onana. Fans anticipating a first-half onslaught from the Hammers were left wanting, and Ten Hag’s side displayed minimal attacking threat. Antony’s setup for Alejandro Garnacho on the left saw the winger denied by Alphonse Areola’s right leg. Ten Hag’s team gained momentum as halftime approached, with Areola almost mishandling a tame Kobbie Mainoo shot.
Bruno Fernandes, yet to score in his last 10 encounters against West Ham, aimed to break the streak, but his header from Luke Shaw’s cross sailed over the bar. Entering the second half, Moyes sought urgency from his side. James Ward-Prowse’s set-piece delivery found Jarrod Bowen’s bullet header, superbly parried over the bar by Onana. At the opposite end, Kurt Zouma’s crucial interception cleared away Shaw’s threatening cross.
The London Stadium came alive when Bowen stylishly gave West Ham the lead, deftly controlling Lucas Paquetá’s lofted ball and finishing past Onana at the near post. Mohammed Kudus added West Ham’s second, sealing the contest with a clinical finish after capitalizing on a rare lapse in Mainoo’s concentration, following a slick one-two with Paquetá.
An early exit from the away fans witnessed their team succumb to a 20th defeat in 2023, matching a record set in 1989. Meanwhile, West Ham’s victory temporarily elevated them into the top-six, extending their unbeaten streak at the London Stadium to seven matches across all competitions.
Man of the Match: Lucas Paquetá (West Ham United).