Manchester United and West Ham United came head to head on Saturday, with Louis van Gaal’s side winning 2-1.
But that was not the whole story, with Wayne Rooney dismissed for the hosts and the Hammers having a goal ruled out for one of the tightest offside decisions you will see all season.
That said, Kevin Nolan’s late header was rightly chalked-off and United held out for what was a vital win – and only the second of van Gaal’s reign thus far.
United’s goals came from Rooney and Robin van Persie, while West Ham’s was scored by one of the signings of the summer, Diafra Sakho. So how did the 24-year-old Senegal striker compare with another of United’s front-men, arguably the best of the bunch, Radamel Falcao?
The Colombian is yet to get off the mark for his loan club but he is proving to be something of an assist king, setting up van Persie for what proved to be the crucial second.
However, Sakho outdid him in terms of the crucial factor – goal scoring – while the West Ham man had more than twice as many goal-scoring attempts as the United star, and double the amount on target.
Sakho also played two more forward passes than Falcao, but the United player did have a considerably better passing accuracy – 78 per cent to Sakho’s 62 per cent.
In short, Falcao had the last laugh but Sakho continued to prove he is a great asset for West Ham, who no longer have problems scoring; and in time, there is no reason Sakho cannot become one of the most prolific strikers in England.