West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini was pleased with West Ham’s attacking tactics in yesterday’s win over Manchester United.
The Hammers claimed a 3-1 win over Man United in the Premier League. This was their second league triumph of the season, lifting the club to 13th in the league.
Whereas in previous years, West Ham have sat back against big clubs, Pellegrini opted to attack.
This paid dividends with West Ham scoring three goals and claiming all three points.
West Ham’s approach
Pellegrini stuck with his trusted 4-3-3 system. This formation has allowed West Ham to pick up a win at Everton and a point against Chelsea.
And once again, it worked for the Irons. Pellegrini’s attempt to attack Jose Mourinho’s men was justified.
Speaking in his post-match press conference (as reported by the official site), Pellegrini said: “We are improving and we must continue in the same way.
“Just because you are playing against Chelsea or Manchester United, you don’t have to play with everyone at the back to get a result. Today we played as I like my team to play – as a big team trying to get to the other box.
“We scored three goals and we missed a lot of opportunities in the second half because we tried to play a little bit [too] fast.”
Pellegrini also praised West Ham’s turnaround. The Hammers lost their first four league games, piling the pressure on the Chilean.
At that point, he asked his players to play as a “big team”.
He added: “It was a very good game because I remember what I said three weeks ago when we were losing games, that we had to play as a big team and I think what we did today reflected that.”
Step forward from Moyes era
This is a refreshing change for West Ham fans.
In Pellegrini, they have a manager who wants to play attacking football: “the West Ham way”.
Fans want to see exciting football and with the likes of Andriy Yarmolenko, Felipe Anderson and Marko Arnautovic, there is always going to be talent on show.
David Moyes, West Ham’s last manager, was perennially negative. As a fan, this is the biggest frustration.
Man United came to The London Stadium last season and were there for the taking. But Moyes was content to pick up a point and respect the “big team”.
Pellegrini, on the other hand, has a different mindset. He tackles the big teams with attacking threat and this paid off as he claimed all three points.
The Moyes era is well and truly over and rather than have a manager fighting against the sack, the Hammers have a manager trying to implement a quality style of play.