West Ham United have made a bright start to the season under Sam Allardyce, despite question marks over his future at Upton Park over the summer. Allardyce was encouraged by the Hammers to play more attractive, and he was backed in the transfer market with the signings of Cheikhou Kouyate, Aaron Cresswell, Alex Song, Diego Poyet, Morgan Amalfitano, Mauro Zarate, Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho.
So far, it's worked - kind of. Defeats to Tottenham and Southampton had threatened to put Allardyce under pressure again, but wins over Crystal Palace and Liverpool restored the faith in the current regime, and just a week after their shock win over Liverpool, they went to Old Trafford in search of another surprise result.
This time, they couldn't do it as goals from Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie handed United a 2-0 lead, and whilst a Sakho goal and Rooney red card offered West Ham hope, they couldn't find the equaliser.
There were a number of impressive performances for West Ham on the day, but co-chairman David Gold singled out one of their new signings for praise - Carl Jenkinson. The right back joined on loan from Arsenal this summer and came on for Guy Demel with just 25 minutes to play, but he clearly did enough to impress Gold as he spoke with West Ham United fan site Claret & Hugh.
“Considering we had three top players out I thought we were great and I really liked Jenkinson," said Gold.