Not even 60 seconds had passed when Andriy Yarmolenko, deep inside West Ham United’s half, produced his first backheel of the day, sending the ball spinning out of the reach of a flailing Manchester United forward and triggering the first attack for his side.
It was a sign of things to come for West Ham, a team who had no fear and, increasingly, no reason to hold back against a United side lacking any sort of invention, menace or purpose. The great heavyweights of the Premier League had no punches to throw, instead allowing West Ham to grow in confidence, control the match and eventually score twice without reply.
Marshalled by the excellent Mark Noble in midfield, Manuel Pellegrini’s side were measured for the most part and incisive in the key moments. Yarmolenko’s drilled effort gave them a deserved lead, before Aaron Creswell’s free-kick swirled into David de Gea’s top corner. At the other end, Issa Diop and Angelo Ogbonna were as rugged in defence as United were toothless in attack.
Make that six matches without defeat for West Ham. There is a balance to this side which United lack, a combination of flair and solidity that will serve them well in their push for the European places, as long as they remain consistent.
“I’m very happy about all of today,” Pellegrini said. “The way we played. I always talk with the players that we must have the mentality to play the same way we work during the week. It doesn’t matter if we play United or against every big team. We must trust that we are able to beat them.”
As aesthetically pleasing as the goals were – Cresswell’s free-kick in particular – West Ham will be just as encouraged by their dominance of general play. This was no smash and grab against a bigger opponent. In fact, it felt more like a routine home victory against a lesser side.
As United appeared more and more pedestrian, West Ham were visibly buoyed. The flow of the game meant that, by the time Yarmolenko’s crisp strike found the corner, after an artful flick by Felipe Anderson, there were few in the London Stadium who could begrudge the home side their lead.
Before that, United’s one chance fell to Marcus Rashford, twinkling down the left wing and darting towards goal. He hesitated at the key moment, though, allowing Declan Rice to shut down the attack.
There had to be a reaction from United after the break and there was a small improvement, of sorts. Andreas Pereira picked out Juan Mata at the back post, where the Spaniard poked his effort wide. Rashford looked more dangerous, too, running in behind as United showed urgency for the first time.
The timing of Rashford’s injury, after an hour, could hardly have been worse. Teenage sensation Mason Greenwood, the hero of United’s Europa League victory last week, was unavailable through illness, so Solskjaer had no option but to throw Jesse Lingard in a central striking position. A further blunting of an already blunt attack.
A sliced cross from Daniel James would only have exacerbated the concerns of Ed Woodward, the club’s executive vice-chairman, frowning in the stands.
West Ham were enjoying themselves on the counter-attack, with Anderson testing De Gea after a flowing move. There were two opportunities for United, one for Harry Maguire and one for Lingard, but Lukasz Fabianski and Yarmolenko both stood firm to block.
Cresswell’s curling free-kick, brushed by the tips of De Gea’s fingers, added a deserved layer of gloss to the result for West Ham.
Shoulders slumped, heads down, United knew there was no way back.
The harsh truth...
Increasingly obvious the decision to give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the United job was based on emotion, short-term results and a complete lack of imagination. This is Manchester United, arguably the biggest club in the world. Such a poor decision #mufc— John Percy (@JPercyTelegraph) September 22, 2019
FULL TIME! WEST HAM 2 MANCHESTER UNITED 0
West Ham deserved all three points from this game. A solid performance sprinkled with moments of quality.
Manchester United were poor and lacked energy or any real desire for long spells of the game.
90+3 min: West Ham 2 Manchester United 0
West Ham attack through Fornals down the right hand side to no avail.
Manchester United are being run ragged as the West Ham faithful cheers every successful pass completed.
90+1 min: West Ham 2 Manchester United 0
The ball comes out to Wan-Bissaka who puts a cross straight out for a goalkick.
He tries again down the right hand side but his cross is blocked and goes out for a throw-in.
What a strike from Aaron Cresswell!
88 min: West Ham 2 Manchester United 0
Noble and Yarmolenko have both now been substituted. Noble commanded the midfield and Yarmolenko scored a high-quality goal. Good performances from both of them.
87 min: West Ham 2 Manchester United 0
And there was the chance. James flies through and take on the shot from a wide angle into the side-netting. Tough chance, but a chance nevertheless.
86 min: West Ham 2 Manchester United 0
The left-back who is only playing due to Arthur Masuaka's suspension could have sealed victory for his side. Manchester United need something fast.
84 min: GOOOOOAAAAL!!! Cresswell West Ham 2 Manchester United 0
Noble is fouled by Young just outside the penalty box. Another free-kick in a dangerous area. Young is booked for the mistimed challenge.
Cresswell is in a good position for his left foot. What a goal!!! He bends the ball in to the top right corner. What precision from the left-back! Could be game over.
Whip, dip and power!
Marcus Rashford went off with a thigh injury earlier in the game
79 min: West Ham 1 Manchester United 0
The ball is played through to James who has taken up a more central role since Rashford went off. Fabianski gets to the ball first and it drops to Lingard who has his shot blocked. Nice ball through from Lingard.
76 min: West Ham 1 Manchester United 0
Free-kick in a dangerous position for West Ham. Yarmolenko and Cresswell both stand over the ball.
Cresswell strikes it nicely but it curves over the bar.
74 min: West Ham 1 Manchester United 0
A horrible challenge from Noble who gets away with a yellow card. His studs were up and VAR reviews it but decides not to change Anthony Taylor's decision.
71 min: West Ham 1 Manchester United 0
On comes Fred for Matic, and Jack Wilshere is on for the home side for Felipe Anderson who produced another strong performance.
This game has been quiet at certain points
69 min: West Ham 1 Manchester United 0
McTominay is starting to influence the game, he shoots from inside the box which Fabianski deflects onto the post and out for a corner.
The driven corner falls to Maguire who should really score. Another corner is cleared and West Ham break.
67 min: West Ham 1 Manchester United 0
The second-half of this match started brightly put the energy has started to ebb away. It might be time for the managers to use the substitutes.
McTominay strides forward playing the ball to Wan-Bissaka who puts in another average cross. West Ham counter but nothing comes of it.
64 min: West Ham 1 Manchester United 0
The away side get a chance to attack but a poor cross goes straight out for a goal kick.
Another attack as Wan-Bissaka puts in a gentle cross which is easily dealt with.
62 min: West Ham 1 Manchester United 0
Injuries to Martial, Greenwood and now Rashford leaves Manchester United thin up top.
West Ham break through and Yarmolenko plays in Anderson to the right of the six-yard box but de Gea makes a solid save.
60 min: West Ham 1 Manchester United 0
Rashford goes down injured. The crowd roars and eventually West Ham put the ball out.
The physio comes onto the pitch and Rashford exits with him. On comes Jesse Lingard.
Juan Mata's missed chance could prove costly
57 min: West Ham 1 Manchester United 0
A header-on unleashes Anderson down the wing who wins a corner. West Ham applying pressure again.
The short corner, inevitably, does not work out.
55 min: West Ham 1 Manchester United 0
Appeal for hand ball by the West Ham players as the ball strikes Young and goes out for a corner.
A threatening corner is cleared and Manchester United can breath again.
Manchester United's shaky defence continues
11 - Man Utd have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last 11 away matches in all competitions, their worst run since conceding in 14 consecutive matches between April and December 2002. Faucet. pic.twitter.com/td0NYv15sW— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 22, 2019
52 min: West Ham 1 Manchester United 0
Cross comes in from James but it goes straight to Fabianski. This is much better from the visitors.
50 min: West Ham 1 Manchester United 0
Action at both ends as Yarmolenko has a shot before Rashford breaks at the other end. This game is starting to open up nicely.
James wins a corner for Manchester United.
48: West Ham 1 Manchester United 0
Lovely cross from Pereira to the back post. Mata gets to the ball and should put it in to the net but his half-volley goes well wide. Huge chance has gone begging. Should have done better.
47 min: West Ham 1 Manchester United 0
Rashford breaks towards the West Ham penalty area, he loses the ball but it nearly falls to James. West Ham clear.
West Ham get us underway.
Felipe Anderson continues his excellent form with assist for Andriy Yarmolenko
15 - Felipe Anderson has been directly involved in 15 Premier League goals for West Ham since the beginning of last season (9 goals & 6 assists) - more than any other Hammer in that period. Fulcrum. pic.twitter.com/CbASsHQaK3— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 22, 2019
Andriy Yarmolenko celebrates his goal
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be furious with that first-half showing
HALF TIME: West Ham 1 Manchester United 0
The game really needed that goal which was well deserved. West Ham were dominant after the opening 15 minutes.
The Manchester United players need to find some energy and enthusiasm from somewhere.
44 min: GOOOOOAAAAAL! Yarmolenko West Ham 1 Manchester United 0
Fredericks attacks down the wing but his cross is blocked.
West Ham regain the ball and the ball falls to Yarmolenko who drives the ball past de Gea into the bottom left corner. Great finish from the Ukranian.
42 min: West Ham 0 Manchester United 0
Manchester United are struggling to keep possession. They need someone to establish control in midfield.
West Ham attack again but the ball rolls out for a goal-kick.
39 min: West Ham 0 Manchester United 0
West Ham attack again. Shot blocked but they regain the ball in Manchester United's half.
Cresswell crosses from the left wing but the ball is cleared. Both sides have been lacking quality from wide areas.
Anderson lays up Noble on the edge of the box but Daniel James gets there first and Noble concedes a free-kick.
36 min: West Ham 0 Manchester United 0
West Ham attack down the left side and Noble wins a free-kick shielding the ball from McTominay.
Fornels takes the free-kick, laying up a volley for Noble from the edge of the box. The ball trickles to de Gea. Great thinking from West Ham, not quite the execution required.
33 min: West Ham 0 Manchester United 0
Corner to Manchester United. The ball falls in the six yard box but it is cleared.
West Ham break but somehow Wan-Bissaka recovers to make an excellent challenge.
30 min: West Ham 0 Manchester United 0
A long ball is sent into the box and Maguire shepherds Haller away from the ball. Haller goes down but nothing comes of it. Good defending.
Ryan Fredericks has caused a few problems from right back so far
28 min: West Ham 0 Manchester United 0
This game is now bubbling nicely.
Diop commits a clumsy foul but avoids a yellow card unlike his centre-half partner.
Young crosses the free-kick into the box but no-one attacks the ball. That was a decent cross from the Manchester United skipper.
26 min: West Ham 0 Manchester United 0
Manchester United on the attack again. Will West Ham buckle under the pressure?
The Hammers continue to clean up around their penalty box and finally break.
Fredericks and Yarmolenko link up down the right hand side putting a low cross into the box. The ball comes out to the left wing before being passed back to Fredericks who puts in a tame cross. West Ham now applying the pressure.
22 min: West Ham 0 Manchester United 0
Rashford is played through on goal but the striker takes too long and is tackled in the penalty box. Should have got a shot away.
A dangerous cross is then put in but is intercepted away for a corner. Pressure building.
Another corner. Young whips it in but West Ham clear their lines.
20 min: West Ham 0 Manchester United 0
Manchester United starting to attack nicely with a dangerous cross put into the box.
West Ham break through Yarmalenko who eventually gets a shot away. Straight at de Gea.
18 min: West Ham 0 Manchester United 0
Lovely ball from Juan Mata on the turn around the half-way line. Fredericks puts the ball out for a corner.
Young takes it but Ogbonna gets there and heads it out for a throw-in deep in West Ham territory.
16 min: West Ham 0 Manchester United 0
First shot of the game. Some nice build-up and Nemanja Matic hammers the ball straight at Fabianski from outside the box. Some promise starting to be showed by Manchester United.
14 min: West Ham 0 Manchester United 0
Noble acrobatically volleys the ball out to Anderson. The ball is intercepted and Angela Ogbonna clatters Andreas Pereira.
12 min: West Ham 0 Manchester United 0
Andriy Yarmalenko and Felipe Anderson are trying to hold the width for West Ham but small errors are slowing down their tempo.
9 min: West Ham 0 Manchester United 0
A searching ball is put through from a Manchester United free-kick but Marcus Rashford is offside.
Manchester United regain control of the ball but Aaron Wan-Bissaka is tackled into touch.
Little quality on show so far.
7 min: West Ham 0 Manchester United 0
West Ham maintaining possession with relative ease. Manchester United hold their shape in their own half.
The crowd is trying to inject some energy into the game but the slow pace continues.
A long range cross is dealt with by West Ham before the ball is cleared by Fabianski.
5 min: West Ham 0 Manchester United 0
Ryan Fredericks with a lovely ball that sends West Ham forward. Felipe Anderson loses the ball but it's a West Ham throw in near the Manchester United box.
3 min: West Ham 0 Manchester United 0
Manchester United controlling the ball in the opening minutes before they are dispossessed on the left wing.
A gentle start to the game as both sides are happy to pass the ball around the back four. A couple of long balls from Manchester United fail to find the target.
Manchester United get the game under away.
Kick-off two minutes away
The teams are in the tunnel preparing to make their entrance into the London Stadium. West Ham led by Mark Noble and Manchester United by Ashley Young.
A grey London sky looms above the pitch with drizzle in the air.
Manuel Pellegrini, talking to Sky Sports, "United are beatable."
West Ham's intentions for this game are clear. They want the three points at home against what they see as a vulnerable Manchester United side.
Super summer signings: Sebastien Haller and Daniel James
Sebastien Haller has netted three times for West Ham adding an aerial presence to compliment the abundance of quality the Hammer's possess on the wings. Harry Maguire will be tasked with keeping him quiet this afternoon.
Welsh winger Daniel James has also scored three goals for Manchester United in five Premier League appearances so far this season and has brought real pace to their attack.
Will it be a busy afternoon for David de Gea?
Manchester United have continuity in selection
The same XI that beat Leicester City has been picked by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. However there is no room on the bench for young star Mason Greenwood who is suffering with tonsillitis.
The substitutes bench looks a little thin for Manchester United who's squad depth, especially going forward, will be tested today. Jesse Lingard will be the primary attacking option for Solskjaer if they were to go behind.
West Ham's recent home form against Manchester United is promising
2 - West Ham have won two of their last four Premier League home games against Man Utd (D1 L1), as many as they had in their first 19 home games against them in the competition (W2 D9 L8). Fortunes. pic.twitter.com/SLd9r2mMje— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 22, 2019
Opportunity for Nemanja Matic
Nemanja Matic starts in central midfield today with Paul Pogba carrying a minor injury.
The Serbian has made three Premier League appearances so far this season and the extra defensive solidity he could bring to Manchester United's central midfield could be a real bonus for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer given the attacking threats that West Ham possess.
For West Ham, suspended Arthur Masuaku is replaced by Aaron Cresswell while the injured Manuel Lanzini is replaced with Pablo Fornals.
For Manchester United, Daniel James is fit to start alongside Marcus Rashford and Juan Mata in the front three. As expected Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba are not available for selection.
The Chilean said: "We know that we have a very strong team in front of us, now we have a good test against United and we will try to beat them.
"It's the only way to try to arrive in the first six positions of the table, demonstrating every game that you are able to do it."
"At this moment when you have played just five games and you have eight points, you have the same points as Arsenal, as Manchester United, Tottenham, Chelsea, so we are demonstrating that.
"But you must extend those five games for the complete season. (If) you are able to do it in five, why are you not able to do it in 38?
"We are going to try from the beginning, from the first minute of the game," he said. "They continue to be a big team, good players, with players that make a difference, so we must be very concentrated in our defending.
"Every game or every points that you don't lose at home is better for you. You see the statistics for all the teams, the most amount of points you have are at home.
"We are doing well playing away, but we need to be a strong team playing in our stadium."
Welcome to the first game of an afternoon of football live from London
Hello and welcome to our liveblog for West Ham vs Manchester United. Both sides sit on eight points after the opening five matches of the season and will back themselves to come away with the victory which should make for an entertaining contest.
West Ham drew 0-0 with Aston Villa in their last match which saw them hold on despite having Arthur Masuaka sent-off. Aaron Cresswell is expected to replace Masuaka in what will be only his second Premier League appearance of the season.
This season has been full of promise for the Hammers with summer signing Sebastian Haller scoring the goals while the creative sparks of Manuel Lanzini and Felipe Anderson have found form. Andriy Yarmolenko had a quiet night against Aston Villa but will be looking to regain form if manger Manuel Pellegrini selects him to start.
Manchester United beat Leicester City 1-0 in their last Premier League fixture through a Marcus Rashford penalty. A midweek Europa League fixture saw another 1-0 victory over FC Astana with a young side which should mean that Manchester United will still be relatively fresh for today's match.
Both Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba are set to miss today's match with niggling injuries but Welsh winger Daniel James could be fit to take part.
Ole Gunnar Solskjær's side has had a mixed start to the season but can put themselves into the top four with victory today.