David Moyes will be seething with Angelo Ogbonna after the West Ham defender went from hero to zero in Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to Manchester United.
The Irons welcomed the Red Devils to the London Stadium looking to go third in the Premier League, yet they fell to seventh following goals from Paul Pogba, Mason Greenwood and second-half substitute Marcus Rashford.
West Ham had started the better of the two sides and took the lead through Tomas Soucek approaching half-time, but a defensive collapse helped Ole Gunnar Solskjaer leapfrog United into the Champions League places.
Should Moyes consider benching Ogbonna?
Yes, he was awful
No, it was a one-off
Ogbonna had spoken fondly of Moyes’ success in transforming West Ham’s fortunes ahead of the visit of the Scottish coach’s former employer, noting how the 57-year-old is helping the Hammers to realise their potential.
“I want to give a big credit to the manager. Since he came in, he changed a lot of things: discipline, hard work and you can see on the pitch. He has a lot of credit on that one,” Ogbonna said, via quotes by the Evening Standard.
“Has he given us belief? Of course, of course. We want to achieve what we achieve in the future, I don’t know what [we can do] but if we perform we can get good results. Sometimes we can be lucky, sometimes not. I think if you change your mentality something positive can happen.”
Ogbonna’s performance at home to Manchester United was far from a positive after the break, having contained Edinson Cavani well throughout the first half.
The introduction of Rashford for the Uruguayan and Solskjaer’s decision to move Greenwood into a central position saw Ogbonna flap like a fish out of water, as he trudged on to an appalling record of zero duels won from three contests, per SofaScore.
Moyes failed to see Ogbonna register a single successful tackle, interception or block a shot throughout his 90 minutes on the field, either, while seeing his defender lose possession five times and misplace three of four attempted long balls.
Ogbonna had been one of West Ham’s hero in Monday night’s victory over Aston Villa after opening the scoring in east London, but he was firmly one of the Hammers’ zeros at home to Manchester United with the above stats showing how badly he struggled.