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Irons refused to throw in the towel unlike Man United

Manchester United had thrown in the towel against Spurs a week ago- hammered and humiliated after being three goals down at half time! Yes I know they were a man down but all the same …..!

Fast forward to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium where the Hammers 3-0 down rather than the Old Trafford 4-1  picked up the towel instead of throwing it in, mopped their brows, rolled up their sleeves, and cracked on.

Gutless United were finally hammered 6-1 whilst the Irons got what hard work and determination often brings – a reward.

The Hammers and United have one thing in common – a past and present manager in David Moyes who clearly knows how to build a team spirit.


United fans can be forgiven for for casting a few envious glances towards east London over the weekend as the 57 year old sacked by the Reds produced a brilliant celebration as we got back to 3-3.

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Spurs had looked likely to rack up a cricket score, but Moyes resisted the temptation to make any substitutions, saving that for later when he got it spot on.

He trusted his starting eleven and they – plus the late subs – did him proud by doing everything Manchester United had failed so miserably to manage.

Ok, we rode our luck at times but three goals in the final 10 minutes, including that Manu Lanzini screamer, earned the Irons a point and respect across the land.

The personality and perseverance shown by the Irons was immense, and in stark contrast to the embarrassment dished up at Old Trafford.

Their OT sacking of Moyes started him on a journey which brought him to West Ham and we all have the right to feel pretty happy about that right now.

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.

3 comments on “Irons refused to throw in the towel unlike Man United

  1. It was a hard act to follow Ferguson at Man U especially as the team was already in decline. If anyone could have done it though it was Moyes. Unfortunately Moyes was never given the same amount of time Ferguson was given. Everyone wants instant success these days. Maybe Moyes wasn’t glamorous enough for the Man U hierarchy or for the fans always chasing the shiny new penny, always thinking the grass is greener. Solskjaer is being given a lot more time thanks to being a fans favourite but if you ask me Man U should have stuck with Moyes.

  2. Jock is right Moyes was on a hiding to nothing Ferguson left him a team of ageing players who were lucky to win the league that season I think they lost 7 or 8 games that year. Moyes is now building a squad that has players who can step in without weakening the team if their performances are not to level he expects. How good is it to be able to compete with the top ten sides I think its about time supporters get off his back and get behind the team. When were 3-0 to spurs they were on twitter telling him to stay at home, he was clueless and even get rid. after all it was the same 11 that started the two previous games and won well. It makes you wonder what they actually know about football

  3. Not enough credit has been given to the spirit shown by West Ham in an extraordinary game. The press have just focused on what they see as a collapse by Tottenham.
    Admittedly West Had had a bit of luck with the second and third goals but nothing should take away from a fantastic team effort.
    PS I am a Spurs supporter.

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