West Ham fell to defeat at Old Trafford despite putting in a very brave and determined second half performance in a match that saw Wayne Rooney sent off, and a debatable disallowed second half Kevin Nolan goal.
The Irons started the game well off the pace, with many of the players looking overwhelmed by the occasion – and found themselves 1-0 down on 5 mins when Wayne Rooney latched onto a cross to nod passed Adrian with the defence asleep.
Then things got from bad to worse on 22 minutes when Alex Song gave the ball away cheaply, and Robin van Persie weaved his way passed Winston Reid to slot into the bottom corner.
It’s then that West Ham suddenly sprang to life, and began playing the type of football that was seen against Liverpool last week – and were rewarded on 37 minutes when Diafra Sakho nodded home a loose ball off the crossbar from a Enner Valencia header.
West Ham then went into half time with belief that they could get back into this game – and that was clear from the play on show right from the off in the second half.
Manchester United looked vulnerable- and their captain Wayne Rooney became the villain after kicking out at Stewart Downing on 58 minutes, and was shown a straight red card. It was then all West Ham.
United were now defending, and clinging onto their lead for dear life. West Ham were desperately hunting for the equaliser, and on 87 minutes looked like they had found it, when the returning Kevin Nolan poked home a Carl Jenkinson cross – only for it to be ruled out for offside.
However the following replays showed Nolan was in fact onside, and the goal should have stood.
The game ended in defeat for West Ham, but there is no shame in this defeat. A draw would have been a fair result, but the team can take pride from a spirited display, and can head into next weeks fixture against QPR at Upton Park full of confidence.