Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and David Moyes locked horns on Tuesday night as Manchester United and West Ham bid to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.
Moyes, who was sacked by United in 2014 after succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson, was eager to knock his former side out of the competition to continue his side’s stunning transformation this season as top-four challengers.
The Hammers are in tremendous form under the Scot and are just one point off fourth-placed Liverpool in the league table, as they hoped to retain their tempo by progressing in the cup.
United had been peeped as the title favourites for a spell this season but a patch of impartial form has seen them fall behind rivals Man City in the race.
Solskjaer’s men were keen to put their disappointing 3-3 draw against Everton behind them with a morale-boosting victory over the London club.
It took United extra-time to beat West Ham 1-0 to reach the FA Cup quarter-final. The hosts had the better chances in the game, with Fabianski resisting them with two good saves in normal time, but they finally broke the deadlock in the 97th minute.
West Ham didn’t clear their lines and McTominay hit in the winning goal. West Ham had a late opportunity through Benrahma, but his header went straight at Henderson.
The home side was left frustrated by the plucky Hammers, who didn’t have too many efforts at goal, but deserve credit for staying patient and belatedly getting the goal. This was always going to be a difficult game for United with West Ham doing so well in the league, and it’s job done.
Three games away from lifting a trophy – there will be even sterner tests to come.
United are through to the quarter-final of the game, but they’ll have to wait until Thursday to find out who they’ll face in the next round.
Next up for the Red Devils is the clash against West Brom on Sunday. While the Hammers turn back their focus to the league and their match against Sheffield United.