Ten-man Manchester United defeated West Ham United 2-1 in their English Premier League encounter at Old Trafford on Saturday. Wayne Rooney opened the scoring for his side with a superb goal from close range almost exactly ten years on from the day he made his Red Devils debut. The Hammers had a chance to immediately level the score when Enner Valencia latched on to a back pass from Daley Blind but was not able to capitalise on his chance as he smashed his shot over the crossbar.
The home side’s lead was doubled in the 22nd minute through Robin Van Persie who latched on to a brilliant pass from Radamel Falcao and powered it into the bottom corner. Rooney and his charges looked like the better side of the half but their defence was beaten by Diafra Sakho as the sides went into the half-time break with United leading 2-1. In the second half the Man United skipper received a straight red for violent conduct as he lashed out at Stewart Downing reducing his side to ten men.
The door was opened for the men from London to put some pressure on their opponents, which they did spending some significant time in the home side’s half. Sam Allardyce’s men had a decent chance to take advantage of their situation when Valencia met an Aaron Cresswell pass but was not able to find the back of the net. The home defence however stood firm given the pressure with the young debutant Paddy McNair making a wonderful save to deny West Ham a goal.
Substitute Kevin Nolan found the back of the net not long before the end but it was ruled offside as Louis Van Gaal’s team ran out 2-1 winners.