David Moyes has led West Ham to their highest ever points total at the halfway stage of a Premier League season.

The Hammers moved up to seventh in the table after Jarrod Bowen and Michail Antonio were on target in a 2-1 win over relegation-threatened West Brom at London Stadium.

The result moved Moyes' side to 32 points (W9 D5 L5) and they have never had more after 19 games in the competition.

West Ham's previous best came midway through 2014-15 when they had 31 points under the leadership of Sam Allardyce, who was the defeated Baggies boss on Tuesday.

Moyes' second spell in charge of the east London club is proving to be his most impressive spell in the dugout since an ill-fated stint at Manchester United as Alex Ferguson's successor.

Indeed, in 2013-14 season, the Scot had only managed two more points by the same stage with the then-defending Premier League champions.

United were sixth after 19 games, with 10 wins, four draws and five defeats.

West Ham manager David Moyes insisted the club have had no contact from Chelsea or Manchester United as he warned the Premier League giants off Declan Rice.

United are reportedly prepared to rival Chelsea for West Ham star Rice at the end of the season.

But Moyes denied West Ham have received an offer for the 22-year-old, who can play in midfield or defence.

"They're not true [rumours of a bid], we've had no contact from either of those clubs regarding Declan and we wouldn't want any anyway," Moyes told Amazon Prime after West Ham's 1-0 victory over Burnley on Saturday.

"He's doing great for us, he's a big leader now, he's taken a lot of the weight off Mark Noble.

"He's turning out to be a really good player but also a really good boy and good around the club."

Rice left boyhood club Chelsea for London rivals West Ham in 2014 after being released at the age of 14.

The 13-time England international made his professional debut for West Ham the following year.

After appearing in all 38 Premier League fixtures last season, Rice has played in all of West Ham's opening 18 league matches in 2020-21.

On an unusually quiet New Year's Day by the Premier League's normal standards, it is fair to say West Ham's 1-0 win at Everton probably didn't capture the imagination of many neutrals.

A cagey and tense match for the most part, West Ham eventually claimed the three points in the latter stages to hand Moyes his first win at Goodison Park since leaving Everton for Manchester United in 2013.

In the almost eight years since, not a great deal has gone Moyes' way. But this was evidence that he appears to be on the right path with the Hammers and potentially enjoying the start of a reputational restoration.

His West Ham of 2020-21 have plenty of creative talent, but the team and system remain focused on being solid at the back. They certainly were on Friday.

Everton, who would have moved second with a win, managed just two shots on target in the entire match, three fewer than their visitors, and Moyes' men began to show a greater attacking threat even after the hosts introduced Andre Gomes and James Rodriguez from the bench.


It wasn't really until the second half that the game began to open up and Everton looked capable of potentially cutting through West Ham's resolute backline.

But even then, Angelo Ogbonna was colossal at the back, proving to be in the right place at the right time so often.

He made seven clearances in total, more than anyone else on the pitch, and also chipped in with a couple of interceptions.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin struggled to impose himself against the Italian, failing to register a shot on target, and the England international's Premier League goal drought increased to five matches.

Ogbonna hasn't always been a convincing defender during his time in England, but his was a prime example of just how imperious he can be.


In his brief time in the Premier League, Tomas Soucek's well-rounded style of play has attracted admirers.

While his distribution was occasionally a little slack here, it's clear why he is such an important figure for West Ham.

Soucek got the winning goal with a poacher's effort in the latter stages, his fifth in his past 10 Premier League games.

But he was an effective presence all over the pitch.

No one on the pitch recovered possession more often than Soucek (15), and Aaron Cresswell was the only West Ham player to better his 67 touches of the ball.


Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has faced Moyes more times in the Premier League without winning than against any other coach, drawing three and losing three of their six meetings.

Calvert-Lewin was always likely to be key if Ancelotti was to finally get the better of Moyes, but it wasn't to be.

Now five league games without a goal, his form is a far cry from run that saw him net 11 in his first 11 games in the competition this season.

When the back-up is a Cenk Tosun without a league goal since last January, while on loan at Crystal Palace, you have to worry about Everton's top-four chances.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praised the focus of Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford after the duo sparked a 3-1 comeback win for Manchester United at West Ham.

United were lacklustre before the interval and fortunate to only be 1-0 down, with Tomas Soucek on target for the hosts.

Donny van de Beek and Edinson Cavani – the latter having suffered a muscular injury – were withdrawn for Fernandes and Rashford to take to the field.

The Portugal playmaker laid on Paul Pogba's fantastic long-range equaliser and created eight chances during his time on the field, while Rashford tirelessly tore in behind the Hammers defence.

He made 12 sprints, with a chipped 78th-minute finish serving as a just reward.

"You have a duty to be ready when you are called upon. Bruno and Marcus came on and did well," Solskjaer told BBC Sport.

"First half we had loads of possession but we didn't go anywhere with the ball.

"Second half we stretched them more and ran in behind. The quality was much better. The goals were exceptional."

Arguably the pick of the goals came when Mason Greenwood gave United the lead with his first Premier League goal of the season, a deft first touch with his right foot before swivelling to finish venomously with his left displaying the teenager's lavish gifts following a tough period personally.

"Mason is a great finisher. We are just waiting for his season to get started," Solskjaer said.

"He is getting fitter. The first goal as well was top quality from Paul Pogba. Concentration, head and knee over the ball. I am so happy for him."

Pogba's goal did not please David Moyes to the same extent, with the West Ham manager protesting that a raking ball forward from United goalkeeper Dean Henderson to start the move curled out of play.

"The ball was over my head. I had the best view. It was definitely over the line," he told BBC Sport.

"The players all knew. That really changes the game. 

"When the game gets stretched it doesn't suit us. We did not get over the disappointment of an unfair goal.

"We tried to be more expansive and they caught us on the break."

David Moyes has warned Ole Gunnar Solskjaer he will need to improve results soon if he is to remain Manchester United manager.

Scrutiny on Solskjaer has been building in the wake of back-to-back defeats to Arsenal and Istanbul Basaksehir.

United were particularly poor in the Champions League loss in Turkey, with Demba Ba's opening goal – in which he was given a free run from inside his own half following a clearance from a corner – leading club great Paul Scholes to compare the Red Devils' defending to that of an under-10s team.

Solskjaer has overseen impressive victories over Newcastle United, Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig this season, and United had been on a club-record 10-match winning run away from home prior to the visit to Istanbul, but inconsistent performances continue to undermine his position.

They were fortunate to win 3-2 at Brighton and Hove Albion – a match in which the hosts hit the woodwork five times, a record in a Premier League match since at least 2003-04 – and they have lost three and drawn one of their four home league games, marking their worst start to a season at Old Trafford since 1972-73.

Moyes was sacked eight months after replacing Alex Ferguson in 2013, with his final match a 2-0 defeat at Everton, the team United face next at Goodison Park on Saturday.

The West Ham manager knows only too well that pressure on Solskjaer will continue to build if United do not start winning games.

"All managers are under pressure," he said on Friday.

"At Manchester United there is more pressure than any club in the world. It comes with the job.

"We know what happens if you don't win enough games."

Everton are unbeaten in three league games against United, but Carlo Ancelotti's side are on a three-match winless streak, while they have lost 36 Premier League games against the Red Devils, a record in the competition.

Goalkeeper David de Gea, who had a kick blocked into the net by Dominic Calvert-Lewin in last season's 1-1 draw on Merseyside, expects a tough encounter on his birthday.

"To be honest, [a win] would be the best present for me if we beat Everton on my 30th birthday," he told United's website.

"It will be a tough game for sure. They have a good manager and good players and they are playing very well. We need to be ready for the game.

"They are playing very well, like l said. They have signed some very good players and they are scoring a lot of goals.

"It's a very good team and it's always difficult to play against Everton away to be honest, so we need to be very focused, train well and be 100 per cent ready to play against them."

Pep Guardiola insisted Manchester City are doing "absolutely everything" in tough circumstances as they fell further off the pace in the Premier League with a 1-1 draw against West Ham. 

Phil Foden came off the bench to cancel out Michail Antonio's brilliant overhead kick but City were unable to force a winner as Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez spurned late chances. 

A return of eight points from five matches is the club's worst start to a campaign since 2014-15, when they struggled as defending Premier League champions under Manuel Pellegrini. 

Foden entered the action in place of Sergio Aguero, who sustained a hamstring injury having started three games in a week on his return from meniscus surgery. 

Aguero was pressed into such frequent action due to Gabriel Jesus being sidelined, while left-sided defenders Aymeric Laporte, Nathan Ake and Benjamin Mendy were all unavailable at London Stadium. 

Fernandinho is set to miss the next six weeks after pulling up during the closing stages of Wednesday's 3-1 Champions League win over Porto, while Laporte, Mahrez and Ilkay Gundogan have all tested positive for coronavirus this season. 

Guardiola was able to give Kevin De Bruyne a return from the bench but concedes the compressed nature of this season after reaching the final stages of the Champions League in August is taking a toll. 

"I would prefer to have results, but I have to analyse the situation we're in," he told a post-match news conference. 

"We struggle for the many injuries, the lack of preparation and no recovery time between the incredibly tough games we've played so far. 

"The players did absolutely everything, gave everything on the pitch. They fought and were incredibly tired at the end." 

Guardiola accepted the depth of talent in his squad means sympathy will be in short supply. 

He continued: "Of course, there is plenty of quality. I'm not complaining about that. I could complain about the first goal of West Ham [Tomas Soucek appeared to handle in the build-up] but I did not say anything. 

"We struggled with just one or two weeks for preparation, we had guys with COVID, we did not have enough regeneration for the players. 

"Our striker [Jesus] was injured in the first game against Wolves, could not play more. Sergio came back after four or five months, Kevin was injured, Gundo this was the first time he could play 90 minutes. 

"To play three competitions every three days, you need all the squad. If you don't have all the squad it is more difficult. 

"This year we finished and started later than usual. They needed a break. I'm not saying this is the reason why, I'm just putting on the table what our situation is. 

"It's time to struggle, we knew it. Don't drop many points and continue. This is the reality." 

Opposite number David Moyes, who lost his own striker Antonio to a hamstring complaint during the second period, acknowledged Guardiola is in a tricky spot. 

"I think that Manchester City are probably slightly different to us, as they went to the quarter-finals of the Champions League," he said. 

"We were having some sort of holiday time. We had a mini pre-season if you want to call it that. Manchester City haven't. 

"With the international players having to play three games a week ago and three games coming up and the amount of club games coming up at the moment, it's going to take its toll somewhere along the line. 

"In the Championship you become immune to it, but I think for the Premier League players, with the speed and the tempo of the games, I do think they're liable to be injuries if we're not careful." 

Antonio will have a scan to assess his problem, which also hindered him during last weekend's dramatic 3-3 draw at Tottenham. 

Manchester City continued their stuttering start to the Premier League season with a 1-1 draw at West Ham. 

The Hammers last beat City in September 2015 but Michail Antonio's magnificent overhead kick gave them an 18th-minute lead. 

City produced more of the ponderous play that saw them drop points against Leicester City and Leeds United until Phil Foden came off the bench to inspire their most convincing passage of the match. 

Foden struck a 51st-minute equaliser but, as they did in the first period, Pep Guardiola's side tailed off and even the appearance of a fit-again Kevin De Bruyne from the bench could not inspire a victory. 

City have eight points from five games and are 11th, below West Ham on goal difference.

Raheem Sterling drove at West Ham's defence amid a bright start from City, with Sergio Aguero's resulting shot deflected behind by Vladimir Coufal. 

Ilkay Gundogan was prominent early on, driving wide left footed before picking out Ruben Dias with a raking pass that the centre-back could not finish. 

But the opening goal came against the run of play - and spectacularly so - as Antonio outmuscled Dias to find a sensational finish from Coufal's cross, with Tomas Soucek's suspected handball in the build-up cleared by VAR. 

City were thoroughly lacklustre from the point they fell behind until half-time, although Foden's introduction in place of Aguero - potentially another addition to Guardiola's hefty injury list - changed the complexion of the contest. 

The England youngster injected some much-needed tempo into the visitors' play, not least when Joao Cancelo tore down the West Ham right and crossed for Foden to slot home a fine finish. 

West Ham also lost their centre-forward, Antonio limping out of the action just after the equaliser. His replacement Andriy Yarmolenko sent a dipping long-range effort just over in the 68th minute. 

De Bruyne thudded a free-kick into Lukasz Fabianski's chest 10 minutes and the point were shared when the West Ham goalkeeper thwarted Sterling in a one-on-one situation. 

What does it mean? City still off the pace 

Back-to-back wins over Arsenal and Porto have not ironed out the kinks that are preventing City from hitting their stride. In fact, much of this performance showed the slack vulnerabilities that have stained the past 18 months at the Etihad Stadium.

West Ham's goal should arguably have been disallowed, but the failure of the three City players in Soucek's immediate vicinity to play to the whistle was unforgivably careless. 

"Foden plus 10 more" 

When Bernardo Silva was in prime form during City's 2018-19 treble-winning campaign, Guardiola quipped his selection was a case of "Bernardo plus 10 more". There is evidence he should give Foden a similar status within his current crop. The 20-year-old has been involved in six goals in his past 10 appearances in all competitions, with four goals and two assists, while City have never lost in a match where he has found the net. They are a different team with Foden on the field. 

Dias left Ruben his ego 

Record signing Dias has made an impressively assured start to his City career. However, his penchant for no-nonsense defending was found wanting when Antonio bullied him for the opener. The Portugal international only won six of his 11 duels contested. 

What's next 

City will look to make it two wins from two in the Champions League when they travel to Marseille in midweek, while West Ham have another tall task at Liverpool next weekend. Guardiola's side are next in Premier League action at Sheffield United. 

David Moyes joked he was not going to "slide down the touchline" in the manner of rival boss Jose Mourinho after his West Ham team came back to draw 3-3 with Tottenham.

An ecstatic Moyes ran onto the pitch at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday after Manuel Lanzini's stunning strike four minutes into stoppage time capped a comeback for the ages.

West Ham trailed 3-0 in the 81st minute, yet Fabian Balbuena's header and an own goal from Davinson Sanchez set the stage for Lanzini to rescue a point.

It made West Ham the first team in Premier League history to have avoided defeat when 3-0 down with nine minutes of normal time remaining.

Mourinho has famously sprinted along the touchline to celebrate key moments in his managerial career, while he also performed a knee slide when his Real Madrid team beat Manchester City in the Champions League group stages thanks to a late Cristiano Ronaldo winner.

While Moyes' celebrations will no doubt prove slightly less memorable, the Scot joked he did not wish to repeat what had already been done.

"I wasn't going to slide down the touchline on my knees," Moyes said, chuckling, in an interview with Sky Sports. "Because that's been done before."

West Ham were 3-0 down by the 16th minute on Sunday, with Son Heung-min and Harry Kane putting Spurs in complete control.

Yet Moyes insisted there was no need for West Ham to change their tactics, as he believed they had put in a strong performance which was not reflected by the scoreline.

"The half-time team talk was actually difficult, because we were 3-0 down but I thought we'd played really well, except for the opening five or 10 minutes," he said.

"The toughest decision was not to make any decision, because it's always quite easy for a manager to feel like that you have to make choices and change things.

"I didn't think we had to. I thought we were playing well enough. We'd given away three goals, which I couldn't believe actually. These things happen, that's the way football has been a little bit at the moment.

"As a manager, it's very difficult to use the word "proud" very often, but I've got to say tonight is a proud moment to be manager of the team, because of how well we played, how well they kept at it. They never gave in.

"From 3-0 down against Tottenham, it's a big result. A local derby as well, so hopefully the supporters will enjoy it."

Premier League clubs recorded 10 positive cases of coronavirus in the latest round of testing.

The confirmed cases came from a total of 1,595 players and staff tested between September 21 and September 27.

It is the highest number of positive results for a single week within the 2020-21 season and an increase of seven from the last week's tests.

The previous highest figure for the season was four, which were recorded between September 7 and 13.

"Players or club staff who have tested positive will self-isolate for a period of 10 days," the Premier League said in a statement.

The latest figures include three at West Ham, which were confirmed by the club last Tuesday.

Manager David Moyes and players Issa Diop and Josh Cullen have all been quarantining following positive tests.

David Moyes, Issa Diop and Josh Cullen were forced to leave London Stadium ahead of West Ham's EFL Cup clash with Hull City after discovering they had tested positive for COVID-19.

Hammers manager Moyes had named Diop and Cullen in his line-up for the third-round match on Tuesday but the trio returned home upon learning of the results to being self-isolating.

The match started as planned, with Harrison Ashby and Jack Wilshere promoted to West Ham's starting XI and assistant manager Alan Irvine overseeing the team.

A statement read: "West Ham United can confirm that David Moyes, Issa Diop and Josh Cullen have returned positive tests for COVID-19.

"The club's medical team were informed of the test results as the team were at London Stadium preparing for this evening's EFL Cup third round tie against Hull City. The manager and both players immediately left the stadium and have returned home.

"All three, who are asymptomatic, will now follow Public Health England and Premier League guidelines and protocols.

"Everyone at West Ham United send their best wishes to David, Issa and Josh.

"The club's measures and protocols around COVID-19 remain stringent. This included offering to test the Hull City team ahead of tonight's fixture – an offer which they opted not to accept."

Tottenham saw their EFL Cup fixture called off on Wednesday after Leyton Orient revealed "a number" of their players had tested positive for coronavirus.

West Ham have signed Tomas Soucek on a permanent transfer after a successful loan spell.

Soucek has agreed to leave Slavia Prague and sign a four-year deal with the Hammers, having impressed since arriving on a temporary basis in January.

The 25-year-old midfielder made 12 Premier League appearances for West Ham, contributing three goals to help steer them to safety.

According to Slavia, West Ham were obligated to make the move permanent after they retained their top-flight status.

"I'm delighted that Tomas has signed his permanent contract to secure his long-term future at the club," said Hammers boss David Moyes.

"When I came in, we talked about needing another midfield player, to help Declan Rice and Mark Noble, and I think he's been a really good fit for us.

"He's a terrific lad with very good physical capabilities. He has scored some really important goals for us, against Chelsea, Newcastle and Watford.

"We're glad he's going to be a West Ham player for a good period to come."

Soucek said in a Slavia statement: "I must be satisfied with the last half a year. I have heard a lot about how January transfers aren't the easiest choice, and on top of that I was joining the club fighting to avoid relegation.

"I am glad we made it together and we secured the Premier League spot with two games to go. I am happy that my performance could help and that my loan spell was successful. It gives me strength for the following seasons. I think we deserve to be higher than now.

"Of course, I have mixed feelings. I am leaving Slavia where I grew up and played for my entire career. But I am leaving for Premier League, my dream competition."

David Moyes feels current Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been given time he was not afforded at Old Trafford.

Moyes returns to his former club on Wednesday when his West Ham team face Solskjaer's Champions League-chasing side in the Premier League.

Seven years ago, Moyes was 'the chosen one', the man hired as Alex Ferguson's successor on a six-year contract, though he lasted only 10 months as United missed out on Champions League qualification for the first time in almost two decades.

After stints with Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho in charge, ex-United striker Solskjaer came back, initially on an interim basis, before being appointed permanently in March 2019.

United only finished sixth last season - and have remained outside the top four for much of this campaign - but Moyes believes Solskjaer is benefitting from a more patient approach from the club's hierarchy.

"It's a wonderful club and a brilliant place to be, and the biggest club in the world, for me," Moyes told reporters in his pre-match news conference.

"It's always a special place to go and I'm looking forward to going back.

"Ole had a difficult start, but the difference between Ole and me is that he's being given time.

"He's bringing players in from the academy, which Manchester United has always stood for. They've got some really exciting young players of their own now."

Since being axed by United, Moyes had spells with Real Sociedad, Sunderland and West Ham, and he returned to take charge of the Hammers again in December.

West Ham were only one point above the relegation zone at the time of Moyes' return but three wins in their previous five games has virtually assured them of safety.

"I've not read everything that's been said about David, but he's doing a fantastic job since they came back from the lockdown. You can see he's improved the team," Solskjaer said.

"David's a fantastic manager and I know it's going to be a very difficult game for us, they've had some fantastic wins against Norwich, Watford, Chelsea and they've secured their place now, he's doing a fantastic job."

David Moyes is still aiming for 40 points in the Premier League after West Ham took a step towards Premier League safety with a surprise win over Chelsea.

Andriy Yarmolenko's 89th-minute winner lifted West Ham to a 3-2 victory at the London Stadium on Wednesday.

Moyes' side climbed into 16th in the table, three points clear of Aston Villa and Bournemouth.

But the Scot is hoping to see West Ham collect 10 points from their final six league games to ensure safety.

"If you get to 40 you will be safe in the Premier League so we have to aim for that tally," manager Moyes told Sky Sports.

"It probably means winning another three games."

After Tomas Soucek cancelled out Willian's penalty, West Ham led through Michail Antonio, only for the Brazilian to bring Chelsea level before Yarmolenko's winner.

West Ham had earlier had a Soucek goal ruled out by the VAR with Antonio offside and Moyes lamented another decision going against his side.

"This VAR stuff I am beginning to lose faith with it. I was spewing. I was thinking are we going to get a decision here?" he said.

"I feel some of the things that have gone against West Ham recently has been really poor but I said to the players we had to change our luck.

"The players deserve a massive amount of credit. They are sticking to it."

West Ham are away to Newcastle United on Sunday.

Super-sub Andriy Yarmolenko scored a last-gasp winner to give West Ham's Premier League survival hopes a huge boost in a thrilling 3-2 victory over Chelsea at the London Stadium.

Introduced in the 78th minute for Jarrod Bowen, who had earlier set up goals for Tomas Soucek and Michail Antonio, Yarmolenko coolly slotted home at the end of a swift counter-attack to stun Chelsea.

The vital result lifts David Moyes' side three points above the relegation zone, while Chelsea - for whom Willian scored twice, including a stunning free-kick - missed the chance to climb to third.

It is the first time the Hammers, who won the reverse fixture 1-0, have done the league double over the Blues since the 2002-03 season, although they were somewhat ominously relegated in that campaign.

Javier Hernandez believes the decision to appoint David Moyes as Alex Ferguson's replacement is "still haunting" Manchester United.

Moyes arrived at Old Trafford on a six-year deal following Ferguson's retirement in 2013, only to last just 10 months at the helm.

After their dominance under Ferguson, United have struggled in the Premier League since 2012-13, finishing outside the top four four times in six seasons.

Hernandez, who played more than 150 games for United between 2010 and 2015, feels the Premier League giants are still trying to recover from Moyes' period in charge.

"To be honest, we didn't have any thing personal – Moyes and myself – but it was a mistake that they took him," the LA Galaxy forward told Rio Ferdinand on The Locker Room on Saturday.

"It was a mistake. That was the first mistake that it's still haunting – not because of him, he's not a bad manager, but they thought they were going to take the replacement of the boss, of Sir Alex, so quick. It's impossible!

"Not until now. Even [Pep] Guardiola and [Jurgen] Klopp and [Jose] Mourinho are not at the level of Sir Alex yet.

"They're on the way trying to get there. Or [Johan] Cruyff, those kinds of managers. They're not there but they're trying to achieve that."

United are fifth in the table, three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, ahead of the Premier League season restarting next month.

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