The Hammers headed into the clash missing key players through injury and in something of a sticky run of form, with their last victory coming at the end of October.
Yet, they dominated United for long periods and they created enough decent opportunities to have picked up the three points, despite the hosts missing a fine late chance.
The West Ham midfield worked tirelessly without possession, but their outstanding player throughout the afternoon was star centre-back Winston Reid.
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As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the New Zealand international was an absolute colossus for Slaven Bilic’s side as he put in a solid defensive shift in a number of key areas.
Reid posted three tackles, four aerial duels won, six interceptions, six ball recoveries, seven defensive duels won and seven tackles – as many as any other player on the pitch.
While United have often frustrated this season with their laboured style of play under Louis van Gaal, they still possess an abundance of attacking talent and West Ham had to be alert at all times.
The visitors remained compact out of possession, squeezed the space and forced the hosts to play slow, sideways passes which soon had an effect on the supporters demanding more urgency.
Reid lead by example and illustrated exactly why he is widely regarded as one of the league’s best.
The draw leaves West Ham in sixth spot, six points off Manchester City in fourth.