The Red Devils arrived in East London last March under huge pressure to perform following a dismal run of results under then-boss David Moyes.
The Hammers, in contrast, were beginning to pick up a number of positive results as they looked to move away from the relegation zone, but boss Sam Allardyce was also man under the microscope.
In an otherwise tentative start, Wayne Rooney’s astonishing 45-yard dipping volley deceived shot-stopper Adrian and nestled in the back of the hosts’ net.
It truly was a spectacular strike, and a goal which for many was a sure-fire favourite to win the Premier League goal of the season award – an honour which instead went to Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere.
The United skipper netted the Old Trafford outfit’s second before half time, condemning the Hammers to a 2-0 defeat despite their best efforts in the second period.
Allardyce and his men will men will fancy themselves to prove a tougher test this time around, but for now let’s take a look back at the story from afternoon on 22 March 2014.