Slaven Bilic shares what he told West Ham players at half-time, comments on Randolph display

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic looks dejected

West Ham United drew 1-1 at Manchester United this afternoon.

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has told BBC Sport that he urged his players to attack more in the second half of today's 1-1 draw against Manchester United.

The Hammers made the trip to Old Trafford in search of a win to drag them away from the relegation zone, whilst hosts United had won just one of their previous six Premier League games.

West Ham United's Diafra Sakho celebrates scoring their first goalWest Ham United's Diafra Sakho celebrates scoring against Manchester United

It was West Ham who took a shock lead, as Diafra Sakho headed home Dimitri Payet's free kick to score the second-fastest goal by an away side at Old Trafford, whilst also becoming the first striker to score a league goal for West Ham this term.

However, United did hit back, as Paul Pogba dinked a ball over the top of the West Ham defence, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic heading past Darren Randolph for the equaliser.

Both teams had their chances to win the game, but a 1-1 draw was probably a fair result, even if managers Jose Mourinho and Slaven Bilic will have desperately wanted three points.

Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores their first goalManchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores against West Ham United

After the game, West Ham boss Bilic spoke to BBC Sport about his side's performance, and revealed that he told his side to attack more in the second half as he felt West Ham could exploit big spaces being left by United.

Bilic suggested that that West Ham could – and possibly should – have won the game, but acknowledged that it was a really good point for the Hammers, who are searching for a spark to kickstart their season.

The Croatian also commented on goalkeeper Randolph, who has been brought in for Adrian in the last two games, and claimed that the Irish international has repaid his faith in him having kept United at bay this evening.

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic looks dejectedWest Ham United manager Slaven Bilic looks dejected

“They were better in the first half,” said Bilic. “But in the second half, we told the players to get up on them, and I'm very very pleased with the way we played in the second half. [We told them] to be more attacking, which is not easy to do because you can't attack here all the time, but they tried to press when they lose the ball, and if you get out of that pressing area, then you have a lot of space, and they leave behind big spaces. We were using that really well in the second half. We could have scored, maybe we should have scored, but they also had a couple of chances, and it's a good point for us – a really good one.”

“He's paid it back. He deserved a chance, but make no mistake, it is not Adrian's fault that we are in this position, but we felt that Randolph deserved a chance, and he did really well,” he added when asked whether Randolph has repaid his faith in him.

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