West Ham 1-1 Manchester United: 5 Talking Points
West Ham missed a golden opportunity to get their first win over Manchester United since 2007 as Daley Blind scored a stoppage time equaliser to rescue a point for the Red Devils. The Hammers took the lead early in the second half thanks to a sublime goal from Cheikhou Kouyate in a game that the visitors finished with 10 men after Luke Shaw's late sending off.Kouyate who was playing as a makeshift centre back, juggled the ball twice, with his back to goal before swivelling and releasing a sublime volley from Mark Noble's free-kick. United put the Hammers under pressure after that and that pressure paid off in the 93rd minute as Blind volleyed home the equaliser from Angel Di Maria's cross.Here are the major talking points from the game:
#1 Goal changes game
It might be a cliché but goals do change games. In this case, West Ham's goal early in the second half, completely changed the complexion of the game. Daley Blind described the first half as a "battle" and that is precisely what is was. Although both side had their chances, it was the hosts that looked more likely to score first and when they did, it forced a response from the Red Devils.
Until the goal, Van Gaal's side were content to sit back and break with pace, but needing a goal to draw level, brought them out of their shell and made for a thoroughly engrossing second half. The longer the game went, the more you felt as though there was going to be another goal. In the end, that goal came in stoppage time and gave United a point from a tricky away encounter.