Garth Crooks praises West Ham's Winston Reid, claims Manchester United were lucky

Winston Reid & Rowen Muscat

Garth Crooks has raved about West Ham defender Winston Reid.

Pundit Garth Crooks has told BBC Sport that Manchester United were lucky to get a point against West Ham, praising the performance of Hammers defender Winston Reid.

United struggled to yet another 0-0 draw on Saturday, with West Ham the team to frustrate them at Old Trafford this time, as fans become increasingly frustrated with the brand of football under Louis van Gaal.

Slaven Bilic's men deserve great praise for limiting United though, as the Red Devils mustered just one shot on target in 90 minutes, with West Ham defending valiantly throughout.

The key man in West Ham's back line was New Zealand international Winston Reid, who produced yet another superb display in an impressive campaign.

Reid, 27, was a rock in the heart of the West Ham defence against United, and could have even won the game having hit the post.

His performance handed him a place in Garth Crooks' Team of the Week, and the BBC pundit raved about Reid's display, stating it was a real 'captain's performance'.

Crooks also stated that Manchester United were lucky to even claim a point, as West Ham missed a number of great chances, particularly from Victor Moses and Mauro Zarate, who fluffed their lines when through on goal against David de Gea.

"This was a captain's performance if ever I saw one," said Crooks. "The West Ham defender did everything apart from score the winning goal at Old Trafford and he nearly did that, hitting the post. The days of Manchester United rolling teams over in a blistering wave of attacking football seem to be over under Louis van Gaal."

"Teams like the Hammers are beginning to realise that United's sedate brand of football actually gives the opposition a chance to assemble themselves, grow in confidence and mount a credible counter-attack. United were lucky to come away with a point," he added.

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