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Man Utd lose at West Ham to record worst start in decades
Man Utd lose at West Ham to record worst start in decades

Man Utd lose at West Ham to record worst start in three decades

Written by Gideon Sarpong
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Manchester United recorded their worst league start in 29 years as Jose Mourinho's side were beaten by West Ham at London Stadium.

They have 10 points from seven games - the same as in 2013-14 under David Moyes - but inferior goal difference means this is their worst top-flight start since they picked up seven points in 1989-90.

The Hammers, with only one win in the preceding 19 top-flight meetings, were ahead after just five minutes through club-record signing Felipe Anderson's clever back-heeled finish from Pablo Zabaleta's cross - despite both players appearing to be offside.

And the hosts doubled their advantage on the brink of half-time in fortunate fashion, as Andriy Yarmolenko's shot cannoned in off Victor Lindelof and beyond the wrong-footed David de Gea.

Marcus Rashford responded for the largely pedestrian visitors on 71 minutes, but Marko Arnautovic restored the Hammers' two-goal lead less than three minutes later as Mark Noble's pass sliced through the visitors' unconvincing back-line.

Manchester United offered little response to their midweek Carabao Cup exit to Championship side Derby, but did go close to equalising when Romelu Lukaku's header struck the post midway through the first half.

Marouane Fellaini also forced a magnificent save from goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski as the visitors chased a route back into the contest, before Rashford's sublime front-post flick offered a lifeline.

But Arnautovic's fourth goal of the season signalled West Ham are beginning to progress under Manuel Pellegrini, while problems continue to mount for Manchester United and manager Mourinho.