Manchester United’s hope of securing qualification for next season’s UEFA Champions League might as well be over following their harrowing defeat on Wednesday night away at West Ham, who were looking to cap an impressive season with a Europa league ticket with a win in their last game at their 112 year old Upton Park stadium.
A win in the game for the Red Devils would have gotten them above rivals Manchester City to gain an advantage on keeping their champions league hopes alive.
West Ham dominated the opening exchanges and they got rewarded with a goal in the 10th minute by Diafra Sakho who converted a lovely cutback from Aaron Cresswell on the left wing.
With the Hammers controlling the better part of the first half, they went in search of a goal and Andy Caroll spilled a one on one chance with Manchester United’s goalkeeper late on.
West Ham would have thought they found the second goal when Antonio put the ball in the back of the United net only for it to be ruled out by the linesman who felt the cross had gone out of play.
The second half saw the United team start out with a determination to claw their way back into the game, and their tenacity bore fruit after a wonderful move by the Red Devils initiated from the back by De Gea‘s long kick which found Juan Mata on the right of the box, who sent a ball across goal which allowed Anthony Martial to tap in a sitter which tied the game in the 50th minute.
The Red Devils again went ahead in the 71st minute when Anthony Martial outpaced Antonio to put the ball in the back of the near post again.
However, Van Gaal’s men were caught napping as West Ham player, Antonio headed the ball past De Gea from a blocked Dimitri Payet free-kick to equalise for his side.
West Ham popped up with a 3rd goal in the 80th minute through defender, Winston Reidwhich sent fans into a delirium.
The game which ended 3-2 in favour of the Hammers sees Manchester United’s champions league dream in doubts as West Ham edged closer to securing a Europa league ticket and also gave fans a treat for the final time before they move to their new home – the 60,000-capacity Olympic stadium.
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