Manchester United 1-1 West Ham United
Sunday, 27th November 2016
by Staff Writer
Diafra Sakho's first goal of the campaign- the first by any West Ham striker this season - was good enough to earn a point for Slaven Bilic's strugglers at Old Trafford this afternoon.It took more than three months to arrive, but the Senegal international - the forgotten man, making only his second appearance of the campaign - finally found the net to register the first goal scored by West Ham's expensively-assembled front line in 2016/17.
Andy Carroll, Jonathan Calleri, Simone Zaza, Ashley Fletcher and Sakho have cost a small fortune to acquire (not to mention the ??20million spent on occasional striker Andre Ayew) but prior to this afternoon, none had managed to register. With today's goal included, West Ham have still managed just 14 from their opening 13 Premier League matches.
But thanks to a solid defensive effort the Hammers were able to leave Old Trafford with a share of the spoils for the third time in succession, following the goalless draw and FA Cup quarter final stalemate last season.
Unreal support tonight as usual, see you again Wednesday, thank you ??EUR" MARK NOBLE (@Noble16Mark) November 27, 2016
Unfortunately it wasn't quite enough to ensure West Ham retained the early advantage gained just two minutes into the game when Sakho converted a fantastic delivery from Dimitri Payet.
With 21 minutes played, Man Utd's ??105million man Paul Pogba's centre was cleverly converted by 'free' transfer Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with James Collins possibly at fault for losing the Swedish international.
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West Ham Utd: Randolph, Kouyate, Collins, Ogbonna, Antonio, Obiang, Noble, Cresswell, Lanzini (Ayew 74), Payet (Feghouli 90+3), Sakho (Fletcher 65).
Subs not used: Adrian, Zaza, Nordtveit, Fernandes.
Goals: Sakho (2).
Booked: Cresswell (90).
Manchester United: De Gea, Jones, Rojo, Pogba, Mata (Mkhitaryan 65), Ibrahimovic, Lingard (Fellaini 85), Rashford (Rooney 65), Herrera, Valencia, Darmian.
Subs not used: Romero, Blind, Young, Schweinsteiger.
Goals: Ibrahimovic (21).
Booked: Pogba (28).
Referee: Jon Moss.
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Player RatingsDarren Randolph
Rarely called into action but more than capable when asked to do so. A nice easy start to the season for one of the RoI's Euro 16 heroes.
Looked accomplished at full back tonight, as he had very little defending to do. Sterner tests will follow for Antonio, as will the inevitable qeustions regarding his suitability for the role.
Sam endured a torried time in the first leg so it was pleasing to see him put in a solid performance tonight in an unfamiliar position.
Calm, assured and willing to put the boot in when required - just what you want from a centre half.
Another youngster to shine on the big night. The Ox was an able partner to the more experienced Reid but also capable of turning defence into attack with some delightful flighted dellveries.
Another player making his debut, the Norwegian had a fairly quiet first half but came alive in the second. He also showed some lovely footwork as the game reached its closing stages; another impressive start.
A classy performance from a very important player. Payet and Noble drew the plaudits last season but it was Kouyate that kept the midfield ticking over. Tonight he takes the acclaim for two goals that steered West Ham into the next round of the competition.
Solid and combative as per usual, his most notable contribution was the superb delivery for Feghouli's goal. Should be a shoo-in for Allarduce's next squad, at this rate.
The big man put himself about well and played an important role in both of Kouyate's goals. He still seems a little of the pace, thought that's not unusual at this stage of the season.
An impressive start for the winger, who may well have taken the Man of the Match award were it not for Kouyate's two-goal haul. He ran at Domzale's defence all night and was finally rewarded with a goal that sealed the win.
Whilst you can certainly question the ability, there can be no doubt that Valencia gave 100 per cent for West Ham tonight - the sort of attitude his former striker partner would do well to take note of.
Long linked with a move away from the club but given a positive reception upon his introduction by the crowd. Another who seems determined to work through his difficulties.
A nice little two-minute caneo to introduce him to the West Ham family.
See above, just for half the time...
Adrian San Miguel Del Castillo
Match FactsWest Ham United: Darren Randolph, Michail Antonio, Sam Byram, Winston Reid, Reece Oxford, Havard Nordtveit, Cheikhou Kouyate, Mark Noble, Andy Carroll, Sofiane Feghouli, Enner Valencia.
Goals: Cheikhou Kouyate 8 Cheikhou Kouyate 22 Sofiane Feghouli 81 .
Booked: Michail Antonio Sofiane Feghouli Enner Valencia .
Sent Off: None sent off. .
Manchester United: De Gea, Jones, Rojo, Pogba, Mata, Ibrahimovic, Lingard, Rashford, Herrera, Valencia, Darmian.
Subs not used: .
Booked: Crnic, Balkovec, Horic.
Sent off: None.
Referee: Jon Moss.
Man of the Match: Darren Randolph.