Nathan Trott and his West Ham United's Under 23 teammates got 2018 off to the perfect start with three goals and three points against Manchester United in Premier League 2.
Grady Diangana, Toni Martinez and Martin Samuelsen scored the Hammers' goals to seal maximum points against the Red Devils for the second time this season after October's 4-2 victory at London Stadium.
Before the clash, Terry Westley's men had gone four games without scoring but put the difficulties the end of 2017 brought them well to the back of the mind with a convincing performance and win.
Liam Manning believes West Ham United U23s’ 3-0 win over Manchester United U23s was a deserved reward for the team’s hard work over the festive period.
It’s been over a month since West Ham U23s have played a competitive game, due to postponements to matches against Everton and Tottenham, but Manning is delighted with how the team have trained during the extended period without a match.
And the Academy coach reckons that the commitment on the training field deserved a win such as the one against Manchester United, hailing both the performance as well as the result.
“The last time we actually played was December 5th when we played Luton,” Manning told whufc.com. “Everton and Tottenham were both called off. It’s a bit bitty because you’re preparing for games and then they are cancelled. It becomes slightly disjointed but it also allows us to really push them on the training pitch.
“I’ll give the boys credit. They were at it all over Christmas and their work rate during that period was fantastic. They got the rewards of that tonight.