Friday, 6th January 2017
And the Olympic Stadium continues to prove a millstone around the necks of United's players as they capitulated yet again in this vast, wide open arena that completely nullifies any advantage that could be gained from a vociferous, and closer, home crowd.
Pep Guardiola, speaking after the game stressed how the bowl-shaped design of the stadium helped his team, who romped home with ease after Pablo Zabaleta deceived the referee to win a first half penalty after 33 minutes.
Fom the moment Yaya Toure converted the resulting spot kick there was only one team in it. A Nordtveit own goal and David Silva's close-range effort two minutes ahead of the break meant the game was virtually over by half time.
Any lingering doubts were put to bed within five minutes of the restart as Aguero made it 4-0, before Mark Noble failed to prevent John Stones' 84th minute header from crossing the line as City added a fifth.
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Looked solid with one fine save and quite a few more routine ones.
Our lack of defensive capability on the right saw him covering two or three positions at once. Not bad under the circumstances.
Still some way from his best and that back pass was a shocker.
Given a hard time by Mbokana. It probably ended up all square.
When Mbokana wasnít tormenting Reid he moved on to Ogbonna with similar results.
Slightly unfortunate to be hooked at half-time but something had to change.
As the game progressed he became more and more of a threat. Went down a bit too easy for the penalty for my liking though. Not something Iím keen on.
Stuttered a bit. A few good minutes here a dodgy moment there. Judged that header on to the post to perfection. Didnít he?
More of an influence defensively than as a striker, which, in case you had forgotten, is what he is there for.
Not at all unfortunate to be hooked at half time because something had to change.
Anonymous for an hour. Better in the last 30.
A decent half.
Still not sure where he is supposed to really be playing but was much more influential than Lanzini and was unlucky not to score.
Brought on to run down the clock.
Adrian San Miguel Del Castillo
Man of the Match: Darren Randolph.
West Ham United
Darren Randolph, Cheikhou Kouyate, Aaron Cresswell, Winston Reid, Angelo Ogbonna, Pedro Obiang, Michail Antonio, Mark Noble, Andy Carroll, Manuel Lanzini, Dimitri Payet.
Goals: Cheikhou Kouyate 8 Cheikhou Kouyate 22 Sofiane Feghouli 81 .
Booked: Michail Antonio Sofiane Feghouli Enner Valencia .
Sent Off: None sent off. .
Subs not used: .
Sent Off: None sent off..