A numerically disadvantaged West Ham United were unable to hold out Manchester United on Monday evening at London Stadium, in a match where the home-side will have left the stadium feeling slightly aggrieved.
The task of starting 2017 with a win was complicated early after Sofiane Feghouli saw red after just 15 minutes of play, however the Red Devils were unable to open the scoring in the first-half.
After 63 minutes however, the Hammers were made to regret their missed chances early in the second half as Juan Mata came from the bench to bag the opener before Zlatan Ibrahimovic secured the three-points with a 78th minute strike, albeit from an offside position.
The last time West Ham hosted Manchester United, was for the infamous ‘Farewell Boleyn’ match on the 10th May 2016, where the Hammers earned an emotional 3-2 victory.
However in a new stadium and in the new year, the task of replicating such a result would soon become much more difficult.
Despite an early chance falling the way of Manuel Lanzini, West Ham were soon down to 10-men after Feghouli saw red for a late challenge on Phil Jones.
Jose Mourinho’s men would go on to dominate much of the possession for the first half and should have gone in front when Antonio Valencia failed to bury an easy tap-in off a Henrikh Mkhitaryan cross, before Jesse Lingaard could only hit the post off the rebound.
The Hammers almost made the visitors pay with Lanzini hitting a curling effort towards the top-right corner in the 44th minute, requiring a diving save from David De Gea to keep it scoreless at half-time.
As the second half commenced, Michail Antonio had two chances to put the home-team ahead, first heading wide from a Dimitri Payet free-kick before being played through on goal only for De Gea to block his effort.
United would soon make the Hammers rue their missed opportunities with two of their substitutes combining to put the visitors ahead after 63 minutes, Marcus Rashford cutting back for a first time finish from Mata.
Fifteen minutes later, West Ham were unlucky to find themselves 2-0 down when the ball fell to Ibrahimovic in an off-side position, unsighted by the match officials, and the Swede made no mistake in putting the game beyond reach,
The match would finish 2-0, the Red Devils starting 2017 with a sixth straight victory while West Ham endured a second consecutive loss.