- Hammers led 1-0, trailed 2-1
- West Ham moves into 6th
- United stays fifth
- Martial scores twice
The Boleyn Ground got a fitting send-off in a highly-entertaining affair that hurt Manchester United’s Top Four hopes in a big way.
Anthony Martial scored a pair of goals, the second one a gorgeous one.
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It’s zero surprise that the Boleyn Ground was full of bubbles and noise as the final match kicked off, and the buzz about the ground was palpable.
Andy Carroll had a 1v1 with De Gea, the big Englishman dribbling alone for 30 or more yards before hitting his low shot right into the goalkeeper’s legs.
Michail Antonio headed a ball home moments later off a deflected cross, but the linesman pointed to the corner as its flight went out of play post-deflection.
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1 – Manchester United have managed 1 first-half shot on target in total in their last 3 Premier League away games (0 v West Ham). Tepid.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 10, 2016
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Despite West Ham dominated the first half, it wasted major chances to build on its lead and saw the score line go 1-1 when Marcus Rashford played a no-look pass to a streaking Juan Mata and the Spaniard passed across the six for Martial to pass home.
That wasn’t a turning point for United, no, not at all. West Ham pushed forward with fervor, and Dimitri Payet lorded over a prime free kick in the 71st minute, 22 yards from goal. He sent it over the frame.
Then, chaos (in a good way). Antonio took his chance well from inside the 18 before Martial scored a stunner from an improbable angle.
That’s when that longtime Hammer, New Zealand defender Winston Reid, redirected a ball in traffic that beat De Gea to give us our final score.
— Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN) May 10, 2016