Following the news that two of their transfer targets have signed for Bayern Munich, Manchester United were given another headache to worry about on Wednesday night as they played 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 see them leapfrog 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.
Manchester United however arrived late into the party in the second half as they intended to claw their way back into the game.
Then came 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.
Manchester United however went ahead in the 71st minute when Anthony Martial outpaced Antonio to put the ball in the back of the near post again.
Van Gaal’s men were again sloppy 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 Reid which 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.