September 29, 2018 / 1:29 PM / 20 days ago

Soccer-Mourinho's woes multiply as Manchester Utd flop again at West Ham

* Man United’s woeful week ended with a 3-1 loss at West Ham

* Jose Mourinho tried a new system but United flopped again

* Paul Pogba lasted only 70 minutes before being substituted

* Record signing Anderson scored a brilliant fifth-minute flick

* Yarmolenko’s shot deflected off Lindelof for an own goal

* Rashford struck back with a fine volleyed flick for United

* Arnautovic ran through United’s porous defence to make it 3-1

* United remain eight points off the lead

* West Ham at Brighton next, Manchester Utd host Newcastle

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Sept 29 (Reuters) - Manchester United’s troubled season hit a new low on Saturday as Jose Mourinho saw his gamble on introducing a new tactical system backfire with an insipid 3-1 defeat to West Ham United in the Premier League.

After a week in which he had dropped Paul Pogba as vice-captain and seen his men ousted from the League Cup, Mourinho watched United’s faint league title hopes dwindle further with a new-look set-up but the same old prosaic fare.

With Pogba so ineffectual that he was substituted after 70 minutes, Mourinho’s unfamiliar 3-5-2 line-up quickly capitulated as record signing Felipe Anderson scored his first Hammers’ goal with an audacious back-foot flick after five minutes.

Andriy Yarmolenko’s shot deflected off Victor Lindelof for an unlucky own goal just before the break but though substitute Marcus Rashford gave the visitors hope with a clever volleyed 71st-minute flick, Marko Arnautovic waltzed between United’s central defenders minutes later to seal victory.

Man United’s 10 points equals the club’s worst return after the first seven matches of any season in the Premier League era, heaping more pressure on Mourinho, whose brand of football seems to be delivering neither points nor pleasure to United’s fans. (Reporting by Ian Chadband; editing by Clare Fallon)

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