The mail report that Fletcher has already held talks with the Hammers on Thursday, ahead of agreeing a 4 year contract.
United will still demand compensation of around £500,000 for the Yorkshire-born forward, but will be disappointed to lose a player highly rated by U21’s coach Warren Joyce.
He shot to prominence last season during a 5 month loan spell at Barnsley where his 6 goals, including one at Wembley in the 3-1 League One play-off final against Millwall, helped secure promotion to the Championship.
United had made a proposal for him to stay at the club, but Fletcher is keen to make a breakthrough and believes opportunities will be limited for him at Old Trafford.
Fletcher is tall, quick and has improved his finishing after taking private sessions with superior striker coach Allan Russell, who has worked with the likes of Saido Berahino, Andre Gray, and Martyn Waghorn.
Leeds, Wolves, Bristol City, and Barnsley have all expressed a desire to sign him and West Ham may still yet agree to loan out him out to ensure his development continues.
United come from behind at Old Trafford to secure replay at Upton Park.
West Ham started the game bright, pushing forward and creating chances. In the first 10 minutes they had three attempts on goal to United’s none, despite the home team pressing very well off the ball.
United eventually settled into the game and began creating their own chances although, none of which really put the West Ham keeper under any pressure.
The start of the second half was somewhat scrappy with very little being created by either team and this continued until the hour mark when West Ham stepped up a gear.
On the 68th minute the visitors took the lead through a fantastically taken, long range Payet free kick. Even David de Gea was unable to stop it.
United reacted well and with the introduction of Schweinsteiger and Memphis in the 75th minute, chances were being created. In the space of ten minutes United had created about 7 or 8 chances and it was during this spell that United found their equaliser.
In the 83rd minute, Ander Herrera played a good cross from the right hand side to the back post where Martial was able to get on the end of it and tuck the ball into the back of the net.
West Ham did fight back in the last ten minutes but United held them off to secure a replay at Upton Park.
The game was a scrappy one and again saw United’s defence perform better than their attack. Michael Carrick was United’s stand out player. The midfield veteran played several passes into the forwards, putting United onto the front foot and he also made as many defensive interceptions and tackles as our defenders did.
There really isn’t much to be said about this game other than it was underwhelming. But that’s something that has become commonplace at United in recent seasons so you could go as far as saying it was a typical United performance. I hate to say it but, post-Alex Ferguson this is very typical.
Our next game is the home leg of the Europa League last 16 tie against Liverpool. We are 2-0 down on aggregate so need three goals to win. If Liverpool score, we need four. It will be a very tough task against Liverpool under Klopp as they have, by far, been the better team against us since he’s been their manager.
What did you think of today’s game? Did we deserve the draw? Did West Ham deserve to go through to the Semi Final? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Paul’s player ratings – Man United V West Ham
David de Gea (6) Kept United in the game with a late save.
Guillermo Varela (6) Made some important interceptions but almost ineffective going forward.
Chris Smalling (6) Did his job in the air and made a couple of important tackles.
Daley Blind (7) Made several interceptions and tackles and his distribution was an improvement on his last game.
Marcos Rojo (7) Had a good game in defence and going forward, making interceptions and playing some good forward passes and crosses.
Michael Carrick (8) A MOTM performance. Dictated the play from midfield playing many key forward passes and contributed to the defence with plenty of interceptions and tackles.
Marouane Fellaini (5) Gave the ball away too often and committed a couple of unnecessary fouls.
Jesse Lingard (6) Had an average performance and played his part in the build up to Martial’s goal.
Ander Herrera (7) Sparked to life late in the game with a series of crosses into the box, one of which was an assist to Martial’s goal.
Anthony Martial (6) Only manged a couple of successful take-on’s and lost possession a number of times, but did get the equaliser.
Marcus Rashford (5) Didn’t get too many chances but when in possession did give the ball away too often when under pressure.
Bastian Schweinsteiger (7) Despite only being on the pitch for 15 minutes he sparked life into United by hunting the ball down and getting it forward.
Memphis Depay (6) A couple of unsuccessful take-on’s due to poor decision making but he did contribute to United’s late surge with a couple of good passes and crosses.
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Speaking after the embarrassing defeat to Liverpool on Thursday, United boss, Louis van Gaal, claimed that his three year plan is still working as his team are still fighting on three fronts: top four, Europa League and FA Cup.
We are in three different competitions, and at this stage of the season a lot of other teams and managers cannot say that. We still have the chance to win something.
When asked about United’s inconsistency this season, he had this to say:
I have to always keep changing the team. I have been unable to play the same lineup in many matches because of injuries or tired players. When you are in three competitions and you don’t have too many players it is difficult.
You can read the full article on the Guardian website by clicking here.
As a United fan, and I’m sure the same goes for most of you, listening to Louis van Gaal’s excuses just makes me want to push my fingers into my eyes.
So, your three year plan is still working is it, Louis? If your three year plan was to have us struggling for top four, getting eliminated from a winnable Champions League group stage and possibly guiding us toward another Champions League-less season, then yes. Your plan is working.
And don’t blame injuries and tiredness of players as an excuse for our poor season. You’ve had millions of pounds and several transfer windows to prevent that from happening. And didn’t you recently say that NOT buying players was intentional so that you could give youth a chance?
You’re making it up as you go, Louis. You’re making up excuses to suit the situation. Well, you’re just making a fool of yourself.
Goals evade Man United once again as their game at home to West Ham finishes goalless. Their fifth goalless draw in nine games.
Man United started the first half at a high tempo. Attacking the West Ham defence and pressing high when off the ball.
In the first ten minutes the reds had several shots at West Hams goal. The best chances involved Marouane Fellaini. In the 5th minute, Fellaini found himself running at the West Ham defence with Lingard in a very good position to his left. Instead, Fellaini decided to go it alone and have a shot. The shot was weak and drifted wide of Adrian’s post.
Four minutes later Paddy McNair curled in a cross from the right finding Fellaini at the back post, but the Belgian’s header went just over the bar.
There was a scare for Man United in the 12th minute when a Daley Blind pass fell to Noble. Noble played a through ball to Victor Moses who was one-on-one with David de Gea. The United keeper read the situation well and came out quick to save with his feet, deflecting the ball out for a corner. Zarate then headed the resulting corner wide.
Man United were next to come close to breaking the deadlock. In the 16th minute, Jesse Lingard whipped the ball in from the left toward Fellaini, who then chested the ball down to Anthony Martial. The 20 year old then hit a volley which looked to be going in but Winston Reid was there to rescue West Ham with a much appreciated block.
Back down the other end West Ham hit the post twice in the space of a minute. At the midway point of the first half, Cresswell arrowed in a cross which bounced off the chest of David de Gea. Chris Smalling stretched out a leg in an attempt to clear the ball but he hit it into Zarate’s face and it ricocheted onto the post and out.
Seconds later West Ham’s Winston Reid headed a corner onto the post. Man United appeared to be hanging on by a thread.
The game settled slightly for the remainder of the second half with West Ham, on a break, managing a shot from Noble. But the veterans shot was never on target.
The start of the second half was similar to the first with Man United pushing forward looking for a scoring opportunity.
Only one came as a Jesse Lingard shot in the 50th minute went marginally over the West Ham goal.
Man United seemed to sit off a little as West Ham gained some momentum. In the 55th minute, Zarate made easy work of beating Varela down the left. The West Ham winger then cut in from the left and hit a shot from outside the box. The shot was on target but David de Gea got down and gathered the ball.
A few seconds later Antonio beat Darmian with a cross into Andy Carrol. The West Ham striker touched the ball into Zarate who looked like he was clear through to slot past David de Gea, but instead miscued his shot and dragged it across the goal and out for a goal kick.
Man United’s fans became restless and boo’s were heard from the Stretford End with chants of “Attack! Attack! Attack!”.
The players reacted to the crowd and for the last half an hour really put pressure on West Ham.
During that spell United managed an approximate 10 attempts on goal. The best of these fell to Fellaini, Martial and Lingard.
On the hour mark Anthony Martial went on a winding run across the edge of the West Ham box. Reaching the byline he played a diagonal ball back to Fellaini who managed to get a foot on it. Many fans behind the goal thought it was going in but Adrian got down quickly to palm the ball off the line.
In the 81st minute, Memphis did what Memphis does by running at the defenders and cutting in. The Dutchman then played a pass into Martial who’s first time shot skimmed the outside of Adrian’s left hand post.
A minute later Jesse Lingard raced onto a loose ball and struck a shot fractionally wide.
At the full time whistle both fans and players alike were frustrated. The fans were very vocal with boo’s echoing around Old Trafford. Something which is slowly becoming commonplace.
One thing Man United can take from this match is that there was an increased amount of attacking football. Something fans have been crying out for. However, it means nothing if chances are not taken and games aren’t won.
United’s fourth draw in six Premier League games means they drop down to fourth in the table. The points United continue to drop could come back to haunt them later in the season.
What did you think of the game? Are you happy with the fact that they played with more attacking intent? Do you think Man United are heading in the right direction? We would love to know your thoughts in the comments below.
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