An injury-time goal condemned Manchester United to defeat at home to bottom-of-the-table West Ham on Friday night.
Former-striker Mipo Odubeko, who left United seeking first team football in East London, scored a brilliant hat-trick as the Hammers came from two goals behind to win.
United had taken the lead in the second half with goals from Mark Helm and Anthony Elanga but Odubeko’s finishing was simply too good.
United have chances to lead in first half
Noam Emeran’s movement, on-the-shoulder runs and pace provided a first-half outlet for United but the Frenchman’s finishing was poor. On two occasions, after Hannibal had nutmegged his man before shooting wide, Emeran was played through but his final shot was poor.
First Brandon Williams played Emeran in. Under relatively little pressure, he finished meekly. The chance to make up for it came minutes later when McCann’s wonderful chipped ball gave Emeran acres of space with which to work in. Again, his movement was excellent but the finish poor.
Mark Helm opened United’s scoring with a powerful volley from a deep cross from the ever-consistent Alvaro Fernandez. Hannibal had had a shot blocked, the ball came back out to Fernandez who composed himself, crossed to Helm in space and the midfielder’s strike was too powerful for goalkeeper Joseph Anang.
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United made no finishing mistakes in the second half as Anthony Elanga doubled the lead on his return from injury. Played through fantastically by Hannibal on the left-wing, Elanga cut inside, beat two men with good footwork before curling it into the far corner for his seventh goal of the season.
Mipo Odubeko scores brilliant hat-trick against old club Man United
A double from ex-United striker Mipo Odubeko, who has drawn comments from first team manager David Moyes, drew West Ham level. The first was a long drive that he finished beautifully in off the left post. The second saw him beat Will Fish, cut inside and curl a beautiful strike from the edge of the box.
With only a minute remaining, Odubeko popped up with another goal out of nothing. Played the ball just inside the area, his finish was once again spot on as he found the far right corner and left Nathan Bishop left stranded.
It’s a disappointing result for United against the bottom-of-the-table side. Mipo Odubeko will make headlines and seems likely to feature for West Ham semi-regularly soon enough.
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