Gary Neville reacts to Man United’s 2-0 win at West Ham
Gary Neville has his say as Manchester United beat 10-man West Ham to move to within a point of the top four
Gary Neville credited Jose Mourinho with having a big influence on Manchester United’s 2-0 win over West Ham United with his substitutions.
The Red Devils boss opted to bring on Juan Mata at half-time with the score at 0-0 and the move paid dividends, as it was the Spaniard who broke the deadlock in the 63rd minute at the London Stadium.
Mata fired home from inside the box after being found by Marcus Rashford in the box to put the Red Devils ahead.
And Neville praised Mourinho for his tactical change after opting to bring Mata on at the break, before Zlatan Ibrahimovic made it 2-0 in the 78th minute when he drilled home from close range, despite the striker looking to be offside.
Speaking during Sky Sports‘ coverage of the game, Neville said: “Jose Mourinho influenced this game with his two changes.
“It’s a good pass from Michael Carrick [for Mata’s opener]. Rashford’s good, really good – he takes him on and then shows composure with the pass to Mata.
“Mata is always composed and used the pace on the ball from Rashford to guide it into the corner. That’s the difference.”
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West Ham United were reduced to 10 men early on when Sofiane Feghouli was controversially sent off for a challenge on Phil Jones.
The win left Manchester United 10 points behind leaders Chelsea ahead of the Blues’ clash with Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday night at White Hart Lane.