West Ham put in a top class display against Manchester United at Old Trafford last night.

David Moyes’s side played some lovely stuff. The Hammers players were cool and composed in possession, and they really took the game to United.

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The Scot deserves great credit for the job that he has done at the London Stadium, albeit after a shaky start.

West Ham fans will be happy with what they have seen of late. It seems as though there could be some really exciting times on the horizon. And last night’s performance was a glimpse into the future for the east London outfit.


Here are five things we learned from the clash with United…


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Moyes is a forward thinking progressive manager…

The Scot received plenty of criticism when he took over at the London Stadium. Many called him a dinosaur who was past it at this level. But Moyes is beginning to prove his doubters wrong. West Ham played with a certain kind of intensity, flair and arrogance last night and it was a pleasure to watch. There were hardly any long balls played, just quick and incisive passing. And with a few top class new additions in the summer, the Hammers could really go places.

Jarrod Bowen is truly elite…

The 23-year-old has been a breath of fresh air since joining the Hammers from Hull City on deadline day. He never stops working, and is a constant threat for West Ham down the right hand flank. And last night against United, Bowen proved that he can cut it against the very best. He gave United ace Brandon Williams problems all night. And the 23-year-old looked completely at home playing on the world’s biggest stage. The former Hull man could become a legend at the London Stadium. It seems as though West Ham have secured themselves a real bargain.

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Mark Noble should be a squad player next season…

Let’s have it right. Mark Noble bleeds claret and blue. He never gives anything less than 100% for the Hammers. And he put in an impressive shift once again last night. But it was clear to see that the 33-year-old was struggling physically from 70 minutes onwards. It will be important for West Ham to keep the midfielder amongst the squad next season, but he really shouldn’t be playing week in, week out.

Pablo Fornals is suffering from a lack of confidence…

The Spaniard began his West Ham career slowly, but began to show his class from October onwards. The 24-year-old is so technically gifted, and he always works his socks off. Fornals is incredibly intelligent in his passing and movement. But since the restart, he seems to be lacking in confidence. Fornals chooses the easy pass too often, when he is undoubtedly good enough to make a more incisive choice when in possession. He could really do with a goal or an assist on the final day against Villa. The former Villarreal man needs a boost of confidence. And we think he will come good next season.

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Aaron Cresswell (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United FC via Getty Images)

Aaron Cresswell is NOT good enough anymore…

The 30-year-old has been a decent servant for West Ham. He has spent six years in east London, and has rarely let his team down. Until recently that is. The Liverpool born left-back has regressed badly this season and has become a real liability since the turn of the year. It will be vital for David Moyes to sign a top class left-back this summer, because as harsh as it may sound, Cresswell just isn’t good enough to be playing regular Premier League football anymore.

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