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West Ham United: Manuel Lanzini’s injury blow prolongs the creative curse

West Ham United: Manuel Lanzini’s injury blow prolongs the creative curse

Lady luck just isn’t favouring West Ham United.

On another day, they could’ve easily come away from Old Trafford as victors. However, a cruel stroke misfortune struck the Hammers, who despite being the better side suffered a crushing loss.

To make things worse, influential midfielder Manuel Lanzini limped off after a great showing He’s reportedly (as per Claret and Hugh) suffered a groin strain and the extent of his lay-off is yet to be determined. In any case, it seems like this curse is hovering around the Hammers at the moment.

Manuel Pellegrini never seems to have a fully fit squad and must be frustrated with mounting injuries. Indeed, the Chilean must be worried about how his creative flow is being disrupted by constant injuries. Lanzini was menacing at Old Trafford, bamboozling Manchester United’s defenders with his tricks and flicks before putting in a sublime assist for Felipe Anderson’s equalizer.

It seemed like the Argentine wizard had found his best touch after returning from injury. Yet, the script had something else in mind. As the season draws to a close, the Hammers find themselves without a proper creative link in attack.

Frankly, Anderson can’t be relied upon to do everything. Even Samir Nasri, brought on to add that touch of guile to their attack, sits on the sidelines.

It’s almost as if the Hammers are cursed in attack. Their strikes are misfiring and now their creative stars are forced out through injury. This cannot go on for long and a big summer must lie ahead for David Gold and David Sullivan, whether or not they’re planning to spend as much money as last season.

Clearly, attacking reinforcement needs to arrive if Project Pellegrini is to hit the next level.

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