West Ham made their last outing at Upton Park a memorable one after coming from behind to secure a hard fought 3-2 victory over Manchester United on Tuesday, denting the Reds’ hopes of a UEFA Champions League campaign next season.
Senegalese forward Diafra Sakho put the home side in the driving seat with a 1-0 first half lead but the visitors returned after the break to grab an early and a subsequent lead through Anthony Martial.
And just when United thought they were about to topple rivals Manchester City as the race for the UEFA Champions League spot goes to the final day, Antonio and Reid both got on the score sheet to hand West Ham a 3-2 win, ending their 112 years romance with Upton Park on a sweet note.
Manchester United’s bus was attacked by Hammers fans and was stopped from entering the stadium. The game was delayed for 45 minutes until 8.30pm, with videos showing bottles and flares appearing to be thrown in the direction of United’s coach.
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After a brilliant start to proceedings at Upton Park by the home side, a wonderfully worked move down the left wing allowed Cresswell to pick out a lovely pass in behind the Manchester Unite defence for Lanzini, who in turn reversed a cross low into the penalty area for Sakho to superbly curl home into the bottom left corner.
Originally, it looked like a quite brilliant finish from Sakho, but in actual fact it took a wicked deflection off the leg of Blind on the route to goal, which left De Gea completely rooted to the spot as West Ham were halfway towards marking their last ever match at this stadium with a victory as they lead Manchester United 1-0 at the break.
United seem to have been unable to handle the occasion and the atmosphere being created by the Hammers fans before kickoff.
However, the second period was United’s. It started with a superb interception at the back from Rojo, allowing United to break free from pressure. Martial, who had been extremely quiet led the charge forward before laying down the wing for the onrushing Valencia, who subsequently won the corner-kick from Cresswell at left-back.
Moments later Rashford picked up a loose ball down the right and barged forward before cleverly flicking into the path of Mata, who skipped past a West Ham defender before laying a perfect pass to Martial. The Frenchman made no mistake with the close range finish and fired into the empty net for 1-1.
The France striker roasted Reid and beat Darren Randolph very easily after 72 minutes to seemingly put United back on track.
But Antonio and Reid headed in to give the Hammers fans the send off they wanted – and the chance to catch United.
West Ham now sit just one point behind Louis van Gaal’s going into the final weekend.