West Ham were put to the sword by a ruthless Manchester United at Old Trafford but let’s put things into perspective.
This Man Utd squad cost more than £600m – they have just spent £75m on Romelu Lukaku and £40m on Nemanja Matic. They have an £89m midfielder in Paul Pogba, one of the world’s best goalkeepers in David De Gea and a superb manager in Jose Mourinho.
On paper, Manchester United should be beating West Ham every day of the week and the Red Devils did just that as a rampant Romelu Lukaku tore the Hammers apart.
The way the Hammers folded in the final 15 minutes will be a cause for concern for Slaven Bilic and the West Ham supporters, no doubt, as United just pushed on and pushed on and went for the kill with Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba helping themselves to a goal each.
Arthur Masuaku didn’t have his best game, nor did Pedro Obiang, nor did Edimilson Fernandes and all three were ruthlessly exposed by Mourinho’s men.
But, if the Hammers were to lose 4-0 down at Southampton next weekend, a team expected to be in and around the Londoners in the table this season, then we can be concerned. That is the proper barometer of where this West Ham team is and where it will possibly be going this season.
On paper, the squad is better than last season but how much are you going to be able to tell from visiting one of the title contenders for the opening game of the season? Surely it is better to make an assessment after the first three away games of the season?
Slaven Bilic said that he expects Manuel Lanzini and Michail Antonio back next week for the trip to St Mary’s and in particular, the Argentine’s creativity is needed to help Javier Hernandez out.
It’s all to easy to jump to conclusions after 90 minutes on football and on the display of one game. Will Chelsea be as poor as they were against Burnley? Unlikely. Will West Ham be as bad as they were today? You’d hope not.