EPL-- West Ham United were host to visitors Manchester United as both teams are in the hunt for a Champions League spot, although one of them has a more realistic chance of making that come true. Coming into the game West Ham was looking to right a sinking ship as it has only won 1 game out of its last 5 matches, whereas the Red Devils have only lost 1 game in its last 5 matches.
The game was played as many would have figured in Manchester United having majority of the possession and more shots attempted, although both teams were equal at 6 a piece with shots on target. When one thinks of West Ham, you may think of a bigger and more physical team, however it looked like Manchester United were the more physical team which caught some of the West Ham players off guard as the referee was letting the game play even though there was 6 books with Luke Shaw of the Red Devils getting two of those yellows to only be sent of in the 90th minute.
Even though Manchester United were dominating most of the ball, their shaky defence and inability to score let West Ham have a few opportunities. The first half finished scoreless but West Ham’s Cheikhou Kouyate was first on the scoreboard with a sublime volley that even left the great David De Gea hopeless.
Once West Ham went up 1-0 you could see the Red Devils pick it up a gear, though they just couldn't find the back of the net as forwards Robin Van Persie and Radamel Falcao were having a hard time getting some decent balls in the box to give them a decent chance of scoring.
The game looked to be over for visitors Manchester United had there not been so much extra time for them to put pressure on the opposing defence. Daily Blind gifted his teammates with a late equalizer as the ball found his feet from a poor clearance by the home team.
When Sir Alex Ferguson was coach of the Red Devils there was something called “Fergie Time” due to the always seeming to grab a goal when all was lost in the deir minutes of a match. Though Fergie is no longer coaching Manchester United, it did bring back fond memories and potentially another step in restoring that never say die attitude the club has been so famously known for.
The two teams earned a point from this fixture and puts Manchester United in 4th place and a point behind 3rd place Southampton, while West Ham is in 8th and just two points behind 7th place Liverpool. Next up for the Red Devils is a home match against 17th placed Burnley, and West Ham will be away to 3rd place Southampton. Both teams are also in the FA cup still, so their is a possibility these two will meet with a chance to win some silverware this season.