West Ham United 3-2 Manchester United: A fitting send-off for Upton Park

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  • 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.

    Diafra Sakho, Winston Reid and Michail Antonio scored in a thrilling 3-2 win for West Ham that moves the Irons to within a point of fifth-place United.

    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.

    And the Hammers gave their supporters an added boost 10-minutes when Sakho sent his shot off of Daley Blind and spinning past a diving David De Gea. 1-0 to the hosts.

    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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    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.