The London Stadium reverberated with Jarrod Bowen’s jubilant celebration as West Ham achieved an impressive 2-0 triumph over a lackluster Manchester United. During the match on December 23, 2023, both Bowen and Mohammed Kudus successfully scored, propelling the Hammers into the top six.
Erik ten Hag’s team, visiting from Manchester United, aimed to build upon their recent draw against Liverpool but found their hopes shattered. The first half of the match was uneventful, with both teams struggling to generate significant opportunities. Nevertheless, it was United who missed out on a great chance as Alejandro Garnacho couldn’t convert a one-on-one opportunity against Alphonse Areola.
On the other hand, West Ham had a relatively quiet offensive performance but managed to score the first goal in the 72nd minute. Bowen, showcasing his skill, took advantage of an exceptional pass from Lucas Paqueta to score his 11th goal of the season in the league. The London Stadium exploded with joy as the home team gained the advantage.
But the Hammers didn’t settle with just one goal. In a matter of six minutes, Paqueta showcased his importance yet again by assisting Kudus to effortlessly elude his defender and unleash a strong strike into the distant corner. The spectators erupted in excitement as West Ham extended their lead.
As a result of this triumph, David Moyes’ team has surpassed Manchester United and currently occupies the sixth position, only four points behind the top four. Conversely, United’s eighth loss in the league has caused them to drop to eighth place, trailing six points behind Manchester City, who are currently in fourth place and have played an extra game. In the upcoming match, Ten Hag’s team will have the opportunity to recover from this unsatisfactory outcome as they welcome Aston Villa on Boxing Day. Conversely, West Ham will confront Arsenal on Thursday, December 28, in what is anticipated to be an exhilarating clash.