Irons so unlucky but Sakho’s a record breaker


Manchester United 2 West Ham 1

Sakho whamactionBattling West Ham fully deserved at least a share of the spoils but simply couldn’t break down 10-man United after Wayne Rooney was sent off in the second half.

Rooney had opened the scoring  in five minutes finishing off well after a run and cross from Rafael.

And Robin van Persie doubled the lead midway through the half firing into the corner from a Falcao pass after Alex Song had been robbed of possession in his own half.

But the home side’s frailties returned to haunt them once again as David de Gea came and missed Downing’s corner, allowing Enner Valencia to head against the bar and Diafra Sakho nodded home the rebound.

That goal ended a 26 year record held by Leroy Rosenior who scored in his fiorst three Irons game – this was Sakho’s fouttyh.

For all their attacking brilliance United still looked vulnerable and the Irons took charge apart from a Falcao shot the home side offered little.

Sakho tested De Gea’s with a fierce volley as United looked more and more suspect.

Luis Van Gaal brought on Darren Fletcher on for Falcao after West Ham sent Carlton Cole on and looked to press home their numerical advantage.

Sakho hit the side netting and Valencia’s saw his deflected shot fly just wide as the Irons hit United with all they had.

Nolan turned in Carl Jenkinson’s cross in the 89th minute, but linesman Andrew Garratt flagged for offside.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • rugbyirons says:

    So to recap,Sham brought on a donkey to replace our record summer signing who then did nothing at all.no headers,crosses,shots or goals.*Cole is crap .he,Nolan and Sham should go now.

  • Neil says:

    so true rugby just hope the David’s can see this Sam just reverts to all he knows and Cole was never going to make a difference he cannot hold the ball cant run cant head and his jumping for the ball is embarrassing how has he managed to stay in the premier league for so long? and agree Nolan is a liability if he stays can only be used as a sub .Zarate would of made a better sub his trickery around the box could of caused some problems.

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