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Considering the stature of Manchester United in English football, it’s always a great chance if you manage to beat them.
West Ham, in particular, is a club that has had some particularly outstanding results against United over the years. They were denied league titles, saved their own skins in relegation battles and said goodbye to Upton Park in impressive fashion.
We’ve passed seven of the Hammers’ most iconic victories against the Red Devils.
The endgame at Upton Park
We couldn’t start anywhere else as tonight in 2016 saw one of the most memorable matches in West Ham history.
Anthony Martial thought he had ruined the party with a brace after Diafra Sakho’s opener, but goals from Michail Antonio and Winston Reid, who were only five minutes apart, sent the stadium into ecstasy.
The most memorable of West Ham nights ended with a ceremony celebrating the club’s history.
For Louis van Gaal’s United, meanwhile, it meant that Manchester City advanced him to qualification for the Champions League. Oh.
United loses the league, episode 1
In 1991/92, the final season before the Premier League rebrand, West Ham had already declined, while United contested a close title race with bitter rivals Leeds United.
This was Alex Ferguson’s sixth year at the club and he was desperate to end the club’s now unthinkable 25-year wait to win the league.
Despite their struggles that season, the Hammers were able to come away with a 1-0 victory in the season-ending game, thanks to a counter-attack goal that was finished off by Stuart Slater.
United then lost to Liverpool, sparking wild celebrations in Leeds when Howard Wilkinson’s team, in their second season in the top flight, took them to the top spot.
West Ham still fell, but there was a certain level of schadenfreude here.
United loses the league, episode 2
The most famous example of how West Ham snatched the league trophy from United, mainly because it was on the final matchday.
Ludek Miklosko was the man of the moment, with such a spectacular performance that the Czechoslovakian international was applauded every time he played at Ewood Park, as Blackburn Rovers fans appreciated the role he played in the 1994/95 title win.
The block could have conceded in the 1-1 draw, but it somehow denied United a match winner in one of the league’s best all-time goalkeeping performances.
The greatest escape
For most of the 2006/07 season, it seemed like the Hammers were doomed. With nine games remaining, they had a measly score of just 20 points.
Carlos Tevez then showed the sheer genius of which he is capable, leading the club to six wins in eight matches before traveling to Old Trafford, giving the men in claret and blue a chance to stay on top.
The Argentine finished the job on the edge of the break, as the number 32 played a double with Bobby Zamora, before the ball jumped into the air against Wes Brown.
When the ball fell back and hit the ground, Tevez pushed it past Edwin van der Sar, keeping West Ham in the Premier League in the process with a 1-0 victory.
West Ham was sued by Sheffield United, but fans will not have minded as he instantly became idolized.
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Winning in the snow
Jonathan Spector and Carlton Cole scored a double in the same game. There is nothing more satisfying than that.
It was a Carling Cup quarter-final in the snow and West Ham embarrassed Ferguson’s men by beating them 4-0 to pass in 2010.
However, this cup campaign ended in frustration, as the Hammers lost two games to Birmingham City.
Canio embarrasses Barthez
During Ferguson’s time as coach of the Red Devils, it was highly unlikely that a player would embarrass the Scottish team, but Paolo Di Canio did.
The Hammers talisman had been played behind defense and was greeted by Fabien Barthez, who raised his arm to appeal for an offside call.
The Italian was unfazed and passed the ball over the stopper, making him look like a complete idiot. We love Di Canio for this.
The first in the London stadium
In 2018/19, West Ham claimed their first win over United at London Stadium and did so in style, earning a 3-1 win.
A touch from Felipe Anderson, an own goal from Victor Lindelof and a good shot from Marko Arnautovic were enough to secure three points for the Hammers.
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