Irons 1 Manchester United 1
One of the poorest Manchester United teams ever to turn up at the Boleyn rescued a point in the 92nd minute via a goal from Danny Blind they never deserved to equalise Cheik Kouyate’s brilliant 49th minute effort.
Emergency defender Kouyate had collected a Mark Noble free kick with two touches, turned and fired home off Blind. Great goal!
The Hammers had been at their best throughout with the old firm of Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho back in business.
Valencia was the man of the first half and looked an entirely different player with his mate alongside him whilst Sakho showed all the industry, hard work and ball holding abilities in the second to show why he has become such a hero.
And given that he hasn’t started a game since New Years Day, no praise is high enough for a guy who has all the potential to become an Irons legend.
Alex Song made a horror start passing to van Persie in the area but Kouyate came to the rescue, poking the ball behind for a corner.
Song almost made amends when clipping the ball forward to Valencia, whose powerful shot needed a decent save from de Gea down low to his left.
The goalkeeper had to be at his best soon afterwards to tip over from a Tomkins header. And he saved his team for the third time when he stopped a Tomkins header with an outstretched foot.
United looked a different proposition after Kouyate’s goal with Falcao slicing wide and Tomkins stopping a point blank van Persie shot.
But Jenkinson was desperate unlucky when a brilliant curling cross deceived everybody including De Gea before sliding inches wide of the far post.
Falcao missed the chance of the match when in a one on one with Adria from close in managed to slice wide – astonishing miss.
And with just six minutes left the Irons should have made it safe when with his first touch as a sub Matt Jarvis cut back a great ball for Mark Noble but he smashed his shot straight into De Gea’s midriff.
It looked as though we would hold on but with two minutes of the four minutes of extra time played, tragedy struck.
The ball was thumped into our penalty area Blind provided a left-foot finish volleying into the bottom right corner .
An absolute nightmare moment but take nothing but joy from this performance and why? We played football again with the midfield working the ball into the two front men rather than going back to front.
This is surely the way we must go!