Last minute goal gives Red Devils one point against the Hammers.
A last minute equaliser by Daley Blind was enough to give Manchester United a scrutinizing point at Upton Park today, which West Ham United players and fans will feel was not truly deserved.
It turned out to be a very exciting game today, when two in form teams met at full Upton Park. Manchester United’s season so far has been a confusing season, as the Red Devils have managed to get the points, without playing particularly good football.
Before this week’s Premier League results, manager Louis Van Gaal’s men were in the top three, five points behind rivals Manchester City and had only lost once in 16 league and cup matches.
Many fans do not think Van Gaal really knows his team yet and what their real best formation is, as Van Gaal has used 31 players in their campaign so far. However, the results are saying something else, and Val Gaal and Co. have not lost on the road since the Manchester derby in November.
However, today’s opponents are not to mess around with. The Hammers have been excellent at home so far, as Arsenal are the only team to have won at Upton Park in the last 10 league games. 10 games where Sam Allerdyce’s men have picked up 23 points from a possible 30.
Having said that, Sam Allerdyce has never beaten the Red Devils as a West Ham manager, and Manchester United are unbeaten in their last 12 Premier League games against West Ham, winning 11 of those matches.
West Ham’s last victory was back in 29 December 2007, and would a defeat today be West Hams 300th defeat in the Premier League, something Sam Allerdyce would not want to happen in his 100th game as a West Ham manager.
The game did start in West Ham’s way, as they controlled most of the first half and had many chances to take the lead. Their first real chance came in the 13th minute, when Enner Valencia’s right footed shot from outside the box was save in the bottom right corner by David De Gea. David De Gea turned out to have a great role in keeping United from losing the game.
Despite having most of the possession, Manchester United’s effort to get their first chance on goal never really came, as they were never really dangerous with the ball. Instead, it was West Ham who kept having chances after chances.
The hammers finally had their luck in the second half, when Kouyate after three minutes of play, received the ball from a set piece situation, bounced the ball three times in the air and turned around with a volley from the centre of the box, which left De Gea helpless in goal.
In the 76th minute, Manchester United had their biggest chance of the game, when Falco headed the ball outside the box to Robin Van Persie, whose first touch pass went above the defenders and back to an onrushing Falcao, who should have scored but instead managed to shoot the ball out from a very close range.
In the last minutes of the game, both teams had chances to get the next important goal. First in the 83rd minute, Robin Van Persie should have scored form 13 yards out on the left, but drilled the ball straight on Adrian in goal who cleared the ball with a great save.
Then five minutes later, De Gea was back in action on the other side of the pitch, when he was forced to make two great saves, first from a 15 yard volley by Mark Noble, and then the rebound shot by Matt Jarvis which forced De Gea to stretch and put the ball out for a corner.
Finally, after having tried for most of the game to get the equaliser, the Red Devils got their goal in the 92nd minute, when a set piece situation forced a West Ham defender to clear the ball, which landed to Daley Blind outside the box, whose first time shot flew straight in the bottom right corner.
The games finished 1-1; leaving West Ham feeling disappointed not being able to keep the lead and the three points. The draw leaves the hammers in eight position in the league, two points behind Liverpool on seventh. They will have the chance to go above the Reds, if they managed to beat Southampton away at St Mary’s stadium on Wednesday.
Manchester United will be happier with getting one point, as they felt they were going to lose the game for most of the match. The draw puts the fourth, one point behind Southampton and one point above Tottenham. The Red Devils could go third, if they manage to beat Burnley at home on Wednesday as well.