West Ham hammered Red Devils top 4 hopes

WHUFC-MUFC-16West Ham United FC gave a dramatic farewell to their Upton Park ground (Boleyn Ground) as they played their last game last night before eventually moving to the Olympic Stadium next season, and the Red Devils were the unfortunate ones to pay the price of this farewell, as they took a hammering which dented their top 4 finish hopes. The Red Devils were not lucky at all last night, as they took a hammering earlier on while coming in the team bus, where West Ham fans turned on them, and threw bottles and other objects at the bus, with outer windows smashed up in the process, which must have mentally affected all those travelling in that bus, while the game took a good 45 minutes delay to kickoff.

To make things worse, the Red Devils conceded after 10 minutes, as Sakho curled the ball into the net for the hosts. West Ham continued to lead the debates as Carroll missed a chance some nine minutes later, while Payet also failed to convert his chance near the half-hour mark. The Hammers looked good with the lead and easily saw off the Red Devils till half-time on the 1-0 scoreline. However, it took only six minutes in the second half to see United back levelled, as Martial finished up a collective move led by Rashford and Mata. Payet came close to give the Hammers the lead again, before seeing a free-kick being turned over the bar by Sakho. Martial had to be present defensively as well, as he cleared Carroll’s header off the line to keep the teams level. And he was on the scoresheet at the other end again on the 72nd minute, as Rashford played him in position, and he made no mistake to give United the lead for the first time in the match. However the Red Devils’ joy was cut out minutes later, as Antonio tied things up again on the 76th minute after heading in Payet’s cross. Reid however made sure that the Hammers’ party was not hampered on the 80th minute, as he thumped in a header despite De Gea’s attempt to keep the ball out, and it was a goal too many for the Red Devils to fight a comeback, as they had to bow down to defeat, and making the 4th spot now looking a more distant affair, unless Swansea causes a major upset on Sunday against Man City, where at the same time the Red Devils will have to make sure they get past Bournemouth to eventually get to the 4th spot…