Ham­mers frus­trate Dev­ils

> Ibrahi­movic’s ex­cel­lent goal saves United’s blushes as Jose’s men set­tle for a point

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS - BY TIM RICH

eight points – nine if you take Arsenal’s goal dif­fer­ence into ac­count.

West Ham were at their best in the open­ing and clos­ing min­utes of an en­thralling match. It was not two min­utes old when two cen­tre-for­wards dashed to meet Dim­itri Payet’s free­kick. Di­afra Sakho’s head met it frac­tion­ally be­fore Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic’s boot and they were ahead.

Hav­ing started the sea­son badly, Slaven Bilic’s side find them­selves en­veloped in an in­tim­i­dat­ing se­ries of matches. The 3-2 de­feat to Tot­ten­ham pre­ceded this game and there are matches against Arsenal and Liver­pool to fol­low this one.

Payet’s abil­ity with a dead ball ap­pears to be their best chance of com­ing through unscathed. Mid­way through the sec­ond half, Sakho sent one of Payet’s cor­ners on to the roof of David De Gea’s net. Then as he pre­pared to take a free­kick that Manch­ester United’s de­fence imag­ined would be floated in, Payet sud­denly shot and De Gea had to tip it over.

Right at the death, Michail An­to­nio lead a break­away that might have pro­duced the win­ner had De Gea not blocked Ash­ley Fletcher from a few yards out. It was rather more com­pet­i­tive than the draws against Stoke, Burn­ley and Arsenal had been.

De­spite their fine dis­plays against Feyeno­ord on Thurs­day night, Mourinho

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