West Ham host Manchester United this weekend hoping to make it three wins in four matches across all competitions.

The Hammers have not seen off the Red Devils since 2016. That victory was the final league game to be played at the Boleyn Ground and finished 3-2.

We’ve taken a look back at a classic goal from that game to get you in the mood for Saturday. Enjoy…


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A Dimitri Payet-inspired West Ham were well on their way to a top seven finish as they welcomed United for their final home game of the season.

Louis van Gaal’s men needed to win to keep their Champions League qualification hopes alive and were greeted by unsavoury scenes before the match. Their bus was pelted en route to the ground and a hot reception awaited inside the ground on a historic night.

Slaven Bilic had the Hammers playing good football at this time, and it wasn’t long before Sakho showed exactly that…

The Goal

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West Ham started the game on top and it took just ten minutes for them to hit the front.


A flustered United struggled to clear their lines and Aaron Cresswell slid a clever ball down the channel into Manuel Lanzini.

Totally unmarked, the Argentine was able to pick his head up and pick out Sakho. The frontman easily lost Daley Blind in the penalty area and was able to shoot first time.

It was not the cleanest strike in the world but it gave David de Gea no chance and lit the (claret and) blue touch paper inside a stadium itching to enjoy a night to remember.

Of course, the Hammers went on to win the match 3-2; this goal serves as a reminder of how good West Ham were that season and that night. More of the same on Saturday wouldn’t go amiss.


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