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Allardyce takes shot at Red Devils, says West Ham “couldn’t cope with Long Ball United”


West Ham United’s English manager Sam Allardyce arrives ahead of the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Manchester United at the Boleyn Ground, Upton Park, in east London, on February 8, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. NO USE WITH UNAUTHORIZED AUDIO, VIDEO, DATA, FIXTURE LISTS, CLUB/LEAGUE LOGOS OR LIVE SERVICES. ONLINE IN-MATCH USE LIMITED TO 45 IMAGES, NO VIDEO EMULATION. NO USE IN BETTING, GAMES OR SINGLE CLUB/LEAGUE/PLAYER PUBLICATIONS. == (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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After coming within mere minutes of giving West Ham its first win over Manchester United since 2007, Hammers boss Sam Allardyce let off a little steam in the direction of the Red Devils.

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West Ham led 1-0 well into stoppage time on a sensational goal from Cheikhou Kouyate, but Daley Blind rescued a point for Manchester United in the third minute of stoppage time.

And Allardyce felt like Louis van Gaal’s side played in a very unbecoming, but effective, fashion.

From The Independent:

“The lads are absolutely gutted in there and so they should be,” he said.

“I think it was an absolutely fantastic performance and from the point of view of where we were just towards the end (of the match), I thought we were going to make sure we saw it through and unfortunately for us it was not to be.”

Allardyce added: “I suppose in the end we couldn’t cope with Long Ball United. It was just, ‘thump it forward and see what they could get’ and in the end it paid off for them.”

The Red Devils didn’t make it a pleasure to watch, with Adnan Januzaj struggled in his start and Angel Di Maria looking perplexed at times, but they did pick up a point. Sour grapes from Big Sam? Or fitting critique?

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