Allardyce mocks ‘long ball’ Man Utd

by Sam Peoples

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has mocked Manchester United’s playing style following the 1-1 draw between the two sides.

Cheikhou Kouyate opened the scoring for the Hammers and it looked like they might see out the win but Daley Blind fired home late on to rescue a point for Louis van Gaal‘s side.

Speaking about the result, Allardyce said: ”The lads are absolutely gutted and so they should be. It was a fantastic performance and I thought we were going to see it through but it wasn’t to be.

“We just needed to find the second goal and didn’t manage to even though we had chances.

“In the end, we couldn’t cope with long ball United – it was thump it forward and see what happens. It’s not how you normally see United play but it worked for them in the end.”

There’s something ever so slightly ironic about Allardyce mocking United for changing their tactics and opting for a more direct style after the introduction of Marouane Fellaini given that over the years it has been a tactic his teams have used more often than not.

At the end of the day, United’s tactical change earned them a point. Allardyce probably wouldn’t have had any problem with the change of style had West Ham held on for three points.

The result was a positive one for United given the late equaliser but the performance during the game was a deeply disappointing one. Radamel Falcao and Robin van Persie failed to form a productive partnership up top, Wayne Rooney continued to frustrate in midfield and Angel di Maria looked poor.

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