West Ham scored twice in six minutes to condemn Manchester United to an eighth Premier League defeat of the season at the London Stadium.
It took 72 minutes of a drab encounter for West Ham to find the opener when Lucas Paqueta lifted the ball into Jarrod Bowen’s path and the Hammers’ top scorer this season bundled past Andre Onana.
Manchester United have won just one match out of their last five in the top flight and Erik ten Hag’s side have lost more games than they have won this season across all competitions.
As a result West Ham leapfrog them into sixth place in the table as United drop to eighth.
Manchester United host unexpected title-challengers Aston Villa on Boxing Day while West Ham travel to Arsenal on Thursday 28 December.
West Ham are used to watching their opponents dominate possession – they have beaten Arsenal and Tottenham over the past two months with less than 30% possession.
But David Moyes’ side struggled to be effective on the counter in the first half in a flat game of poor quality on both sides.
Bowen’s brilliant header from a corner required Onana to tip over the bar as West Ham struggled to find their rhythm.
But after Paqueta’s sublime ball set up Bowen, West Ham upped the tempo and the volume from the crowd increased with it.
Kudus doubled their lead with his 10th goal of the season, nine of which have come at London Stadium, as Manchester United struggled to get back in the game.
Fans have called for West Ham manager David Moyes to enter the transfer market in January for a striker but with the threat of Bowen, Kudus and Paqueta, who has assisted the Hammers’ last five goals in the league, West Ham look on track to enjoy another fruitful season.
Source : BBC