Manchester United missed several chances again, they ran into a goalkeeper in prime form and Jose Mourinho lost his cool one more time – Premier League matches at Old Trafford this season are start to look a little too similar, and not in a good way. Manchester United failed to take their chances, and as a result, they were held to their fourth consecutive home draw of the season in the Premier League.
Mourinho was sent to the stands just before the half hour for kicking a water bottle after referee Jon Moss had shown Paul Pogba a yellow card for diving, correctly. Manchester United were actually playing some good football at that point, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic equalising with a nice header after Diafra Sakho had given West Ham the lead in just the second minute of the game, but that disruption, some wayward finishing and inspired goalkeeping from Darren Randolph ruined the home team's evening again.
"The goalkeeper was the best player for them, once again," Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera told Sky Sports. "It was the same against Burnley, against Stoke and against Arsenal. I can't remember a game where an opponent has created more chances than us.
"We're playing so well, we're creating a lot of chances and a lot of shots, moving the ball from side to side and crossing – I don't know what we have to do to win a game. I don't know what I can say to our fans, either, because it's frustrating for us.
"We're playing the right way, and doing things the right way. I think West Ham are a good side, and they didn't get the ball for more than one minute [at a time] – so it's unbelievable that we aren't winning these games. It's the first time in my career that I've felt something like this."
As "frustrating" as some of the results might be – and Manchester United have deserved more – there is only so much you can blame on luck. At the end of the day, it is Manchester United's job to put the ball to a place where the goalkeeper cannot make a save, outstanding or otherwise. And in quite a few of their home games this season, they haven't been able to do that.
Mourinho's histrionics on the touchline do not help either, and with the Portuguese now in danger of another touchline ban, possibly more than the one-game suspension he received earlier this season, it is one more problem Manchester United could have done without.
Watch the highlights of the Premier League match HERE