West Ham United co-chairman David Gold comments on the FA Cup

Upton Park

West Ham and the Red Devils will do it all again at Upton Park.


West Ham United's co-chairman David Gold has insisted that all he cares about is winning the FA Cup after the Hammers were denied a spot in the semi-finals by Manchester United this evening.

Slaven Bilic's side looked on course to reach the last four of the world's oldest cup competition when Dimitri Payet, from the guts of 30 yards, opened the scoring with a fine free kick on 68 minutes.

It was not enough to reach Wembley, however, as Anthony Martial pounced with an 83rd-minute equaliser at Old Trafford to ensure both sides do it all again in the replay at Upton Park.

When it was put to Gold that the Hammers stand to profit financially from such a fixture, the Irons supremo intimated that he would have preferred his side to win this evening, moving one step closer to the trophy, rather than endure the emotional rollercoaster of a replay.

On the plus side, hosting the Red Devils is one more game for the Irons to enjoy at the Boleyn Ground before they relocate to the Olympic Stadium in the summer. They have spent 112 years at Upton Park.

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