A late Daley Blind strike cancelled out Cheikhou Kouyate’s early second half stunner as West Ham United had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Manchester United in their English Premier League encounter at the Boleyn Ground on Sunday. It was a frustrating half for the visitors as they struggled to get going and gain any rhythm in a game that produced few chances at goal. The home side on the other hand looked the most likely to score with some promising attempts from Enner Valencia and a header from James Tomkins, however they were not able to breach David De Gea’s goal.
Both teams however showed their respective frustrations with a few tussles on the ball as they looked for a goal. In the second half the Hammers picked up where they left off and took the lead through Kouyate when he latched on to the floated free kick and took three tapping touches before turning to volley past De Gea. Oddly enough the goal spurred on the opposition more than the Londoners as they began to string together a few attacking opportunities to put their opponents under pressure.
Radamel Falcao missed a sitter when he found himself one-on-one with Adrian but chose to go with the wrong foot. They had another great shot when Falcao played in Robin Van Persie who lashed one directly at the West Ham shot stopper. Sam Allardyce’s men were not done just yet though as they continued to attack the men from Manchester’s goal and they had a great chance when Matt Jarvis laid one back inside the area to an oncoming Mark Noble who struck it firmly towards the Red Devils’ shot stopper who saved it to keep his side in the match.
Going into four minutes of stoppage time Louis Van Gaal’s men were looking for an equaliser more than ever and they found one in the 92nd minute when a clearance from the home side found Blind who volleyed straight into the bottom right corner as the match ended all square.