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Full-time: Manchester United 1-1 West Ham United

  • Jose Mourinho was sent off after kicking a water bottle in frustration.
  • Sakho gave the Hammers the lead after 90 seconds before Ibrahimovic equalised in the first half.
  • Bastian Schweinsteiger was named on the bench by Mourinho.
  • Wayne Rooney still needs one goal to equal Sir Bobby Charlton as Manchester United's all-time top scorer.
Paul Pogba
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Full-time: Manchester United 1-1 West Ham United

More frustration for United and Jose Mourinho, whose sending off is sure to dominate the headlines in the coming days. West Ham, to their credit, defended doggedly and took advantage of early free-kick to pinch a point.

Anyway, that's all from our live blogs this weekend. Until next time...

A final change for the Hammers, who take off Payet to waste a few seconds of time. They're almost home.

Time all most up at Old Trafford. Time for a winner?

Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Henrikh Mkhitaryan on the ball Getty Images

West Ham almost steal all three points on the break, but De Gea gets his feet in the way of Fletcher's goal-bound effort.

United make another switch. Throwing everything at the West Ham goal from now until the final whistle. But I don't think it's going to happen for them.

This really is incredible! Ibrahimovic latches onto a poor back-pass from James Collins, rounds the keeper and looks certain to score. But a West Ham defender gets back to hack the ball clear.

Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney Getty Images

Now Randolph saves from Ibrahimovic after the Swede meets a pin-point cross from Wayne Rooney. One-way traffic at Old Trafford.

United have the ball in the net but it won't count! The whistle had gone before hand. More frustration for the Reds. Lingard - the scorer - was stood in an offside position after the ball rebounded off the post.

Moments later, Pogba's goal-bound effort is pushed behind by Randolph, who is certainly earning his corn this evening.

Slaven Bilic urges his side on
Slaven Bilic urges his side on Getty Images

Lingard flashes a shot straight down the throat of Randolph and West Ham survive another minor scare.


Well, just as I type that, Rooney gets a half-opening from a first-time pass from Ibrahimovic, but the England captain's effort is easily stopped by Randolph. A decent move that, though.

The game has gone a bit flat over the last ten minutes or so. And the longer we gone without another goal, the more United will start to rue some of the opportunities they spurned in the first half.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic shows his frustration Getty Images

United make their first move. Perhaps a surprise that Mata is one of the players to make way.

Meanwhile, West Ham have swapped Sakho for ex-United man Fletcher.

An hour gone at Old Trafford and I fancy it is time for a sub or two. Rooney is still warming up on the touchline.

Slaven Bilic
Slaven Bilic watches on Getty Images

The ball is played back to Randolph in the West Ham goal and he attempts to clear, but his kick is blocked by Rashford. Unfortunately for United, the ball goes over the bar rather than into the net.

Dimitri Payet
Dimitri Payet on the ball for the Hammers Getty Images

Lingard gives away another cheap freekick in a dangerous position. Payet is over the ball... and he shoots at goal! Tipped over by the United keeper.

Michail Antonio
Michail Antonio of West Ham Getty Images

West Ham have made a much better start to the second half. Perhaps that break came at the ideal time for them, as they were being pinned back in their own half of the field.

Wayne Rooney - who stands on the cusp of becoming United's all-time top scorer - is among the players warming up at the moment.

Slaven Bilic
Slaven Bilic on the touchline Getty Images

Back under way at Old Trafford.

Half-time: Manchester United 1-1 West Ham United

All square at the break and what a thrilling 45 minutes that has been - let's hope for more of the same in the second period.

Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho is sent off at Old Trafford Getty Images

And again. And again. Lingard this time, through on goal, but his effort is pushed round the post and West Ham. If United don't win this game, Mourinho will go mad, I fancy.

Another chance for United goes begging! On this occasion, a break sees Pogba set up Ibrahimovic but he takes too long to get his shot off and the effort is blocked.

At the other end, a rare West Ham attack ends with the ball striking Marcos Rojo's hand. Deliberate? The ref says no and on we go...

Now, Mata sends over a cross from the other side of the pitch, and Ibrahimovic - who is under pressure - sends the ball wide of the post.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was in the thick of the action in the first half Getty Images

Pogba goes close with a lopping header from a Juan Mata corner. United will be baffled as to how they are not winning this game.

Having said that, I wonder if Mourinho will contemplate a change at the break. Lingard could be the man to make way.

Juan Mata
Juan Mata on the ball Getty Images

Apparently Mourinho is watching the game from a private room inside the ground, meaning he is out of view of the snappers for the time being.

Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho leaving the touchline Getty Images

Randolph saves a one-on-one against Rashford!

The ball is played in behind the Hammers defence and the youngster races onto the ball before shooting low at goal. But the keeper stands tall and saves with an outstretched foot.

Lingard, who is having a poor game, blazes the ball over the bar with a volley from close range after Ibrahimovic found him with a header. United are pushing and pushing all the time, though.

Antonio Valencia on the ball for United
Antonio Valencia on the ball for United Getty Images

We already have tomorrow's headline, I fancy. Mourinho has to make his way into the stands again - and it begs the question, when will he learn?

Rashford tries to find Mata in the six-yard box, but Ibrahimovic has taken it off his head, there.

Seconds later, Pogba goes into the book for a dive and then Mourinho kicks a water bottle. And for the second time this season, Mourinho has been sent to the stands! Real drama at Old Trafford.

Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho before he was sent off Getty Images

United are dominating the ball now. West Ham, to be frank, have not really done a lot so far this afternoon, but you sense they are praying on United's lack of confidence. Mind you, the Hammers are hardly flying at the moment.

Paul Pogba
Paul Pogba Getty Images

GOAL: Manchester United 1-1 West Ham United (Ibrahimovic)

United level the score through Ibrahimovic! The Swede nods home a straight pass from Pogba that was drifted over the top of West Ham's back three.

That was all far too easy, to be honest.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic finds the net for Manchester United Getty Images

Ibrahimovic finds Mata in the area, but his goal-bound effort is soft and West Ham survive without too many stresses. West Ham, to their credit, were quick to get players back in position.

Ander Herrera challenges for the ball
Ander Herrera challenges for the ball Getty Images

Pogba gets the ball, has a look up and then batters the ball miles and miles over the bar. That was woeful.

Oddly, West Ham have barely had a kick so far, but lead 1-0.

United are applying a bit of pressure now. No cutting edge for the time being, mind you.

I wouldn't want to be Jesse Lingard at the moment, because he must know that his manager is likely to tear shreds off his at the break. His concession of the freekick was beyond brainless.

Juan Mata
Juan Mata looks to create an opening Getty Images

Rashford tries to find Ibrahimovic at the back post, but his cross sails over the head of the Swede and West Ham survive.

GOAL: Manchester United 0-1 West Ham United (Sakho)

That didn't take long, did it!? Sakho heads home a feekick from Payet to give the Hammers the lead.

Jose Mourinho will be furious - and I mean furious - with Jesse Lingard for giving away the initial freekick.

West Ham celebrate
West Ham celebrate Getty Images

We're under way at Old Trafford, then.

The teams are out at Old Trafford, then, and we're moments from kick-off in the final game of the day.

The scene before kickoff
The scene before kickoff Getty Images

Jose Mourinho has certainly set tongues wagging with his team selection. It'll be interesting to see what he has to say post-match. For now, though, focus will be on whether United can claim three much-needed points.

All over at the Emirates by the way. What to know the score? Well, follow the link to our other live blog this afternoon...

Alexis Sanchez
Alexis Sanchez was Arsenal's star man Getty Images

As we look forward to the transfer window...

Bayern Munich midfielder David Alaba would reportedly prefer a move to Arsenal rather than Manchester United. The sought-after Austrian star was linked with a move to Old Trafford earlier this week, but would apparently prefer to join the Gunners if he was to leave Bavaria.

Alaba, 24, is a boyhood Arsenal fan and would rather sign for Arsene Wenger than make the switch to Manchester, having been linked with moves to both City and United this season, according to the Manchester Evening News.

David Alaba
David Alaba has been linked with a move to the Premier League Getty Images

Just over half and hour to go until kick-off now and Old Trafford is filling up nicely.

The pre-match scene at Old Trafford
The pre-match scene at Old Trafford Getty Images

Rooney on the bench, Mkhitaryan on the bench, Schweinsteiger on the bench, no Martial... lots of talking points to come out from the team news at Old Trafford.

Breaking team news

And what of West Ham? Well, here's their team news...

Breaking team news

For United, there are six changes from midweek as De Gea, Rojo, Darmian, Herrera, Lingard and Rashford return to the team.

More importantly, Bastian Schweinsteiger has been named on the bench.

Here comes the team news...

Not long to wait until the team news filters through now. We'll bring it to you ASAP. Be patient, please.

Jose Mourinho has hailed Manchester United defender Phil Jones after the England international braved a major injury scare to hold the Red Devils' backline together. Jones recently returned to the United team against Swansea City after a long absence, and Mourinho has been impressed by his charge.

"The team is always the most important thing but I'm happy for him when so many people were thinking about him being injury prone and that it is difficult for him to be back to his level," said Mourinho. "I have to confess even myself, when he was injured again at the beginning of the season, I was also feeling that fear.

"But in the last month we have seen him deliver great performances at a moment when the team has lost Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling. Phil gave us the stability we have at the moment. He has a good personality and now, with one or two weeks of ­football and training, looks very sharp and the team are safe."

The all-important team news should come through at 15:30. In more immediate future, Rio Ferdinand has made a prediction...

Ahead of the game, Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has warned his under-performing teammates that they risk losing their place in the side if they do not meet the required standard.

United boss Jose Mourinho has consistently overlooked the likes of Memphis Depay and Henrikh Mkhitaryan so far this season. And now, Ibrahimovic has told his other teammates that they must perform consistently if they are to remain part of Mourinho's long-term plans at Old Trafford.

"At the top level you need to deliver. If you don't deliver, someone will come in and take your place," he said, according to the Manchester Evening News.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has issued a warning to his Manchester United teammates Getty Images

Mkhitaryan, 27, produced a stellar performance in United's 4-0 win against Feyenoord in the Europa League in midweek. The Armenian had not started a game since the Manchester derby in early September, but Ibrahimovic was not remotely surprised by Mkhitaryan's eye-catching display at Old Trafford.

"I know who Micki is, I see it every day in training, so hopefully he showed everybody who he is and he now has the confidence to keep on doing that," the United striker said. "He was injured, he had a moment when he was injured and he's been training very hard, being very professional, so you just have to wait for your chance and, when you get your chance, you need to take it."

As a reminder, you can follow all the action from the Arsenal game here. It's become a fascinating match already.

Callum Wilson
Callum Wilson finds the net Getty Images

Pre-match thoughts

Slaven Bilic: "I feel supported...I'm not fearful. I feel pressure, of course, because we are not producing, we're not delivering and we don't have enough points to feel happy and to feel safe. But I see the improvement.

"Against Spurs I saw a team hungry and alive, the points were there for us in a difficult away game, so that's what I'm confident about."

Slaven Bilic
Slaven Bilic Getty

Pre-match thoughts

Jose Mourinho on Henrikh Mkhitaryan: "This performance [against Feynoord] gives him the right to believe that he can play the next match again and he needs to replicate this kind of performance in the Premier League, with more physicality, more aggression.

"We know that we were buying a player with a high level of technical quality, very intelligent, very bright, the way he reads the game."

Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Henrikh Mkhitaryan Getty


Slaven Bilic's West Ham will be missing Winston Reid after the defender was sent off in the space of three minutes against Tottenham last weekend. The defender received a second yellow for mouthing off to the referee against Spurs.

But Mark Noble will be back in contention after serving his suspension, which is a big boost for the away side.


Manchester United come into the game on the back of a 4-0 thrashing of Feyenoord in the group stages of the Europa League, having failed to win in any of their last three home games in the league.

Their last home game in the league was against Arsenal, where they took the lead through Juan Mata and were on the verge of taking three points before a towering header from Olivier Giroud.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is set to return against the Hammers, having missed the game against Arsenal while serving a suspension, owing to an accumulation of cards.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Getty

Good afternoon and welcome to IBTimes UK's live coverage of Manchester United's clash against West Ham United at Old Trafford.

These are two sides who are in desperate need of a Premier League win - but who will claim all three points?

We'll bring you the build up and team news throughout the afternoon...

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