Sam Allardyce claims Manchester United used long-ball tactic to get goal

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West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has accused Manchester United of having to resort to long balls in order to break down his side at Upton Park on Sunday afternoon.

West Ham had led through Cheikhou Kouyate's excellent effort before Daley Blind levelled in the 93rd minute.

The claim is ironic as Allardyce, renowned for pumping the ball forward during his time at Bolton, rightfully exposed United's basic tactics despite spending £150 million.

"Thump it forward"

Speaking to BBC Sport, Allardyce said: "In the end, we couldn't cope with the long balls Manchester United kept putting in the box.

"It was just, thump it forward and see what they could get. In the end, it paid off for them."

"It was just, thump it forward and see what they could get. In the end, it paid off for them"

The stats back up Allardyce's claim, as Sky Sports produced a study which shows United have attempted the second most amount of long passes in the league so far this season.

It was a very lacklustre performance from United, with Radamel Falcao and Robin van Persie taking most of the flack.

Toothless United

However, there seems to be more fundamental flaws in the United side, especially the system Van Gaal is adopting which leaves a distinct lack of width in the side.

The Dutch manager said: "I cannot say that I am very happy with the point, because I'm very disappointed about the poor first half and we can do much better.

"We need the guts to play football along the floor. That we have done in the second half."

Missed opportunity

United finished the game with ten men after Luke Shaw was sent off late on for a second booking after fouling Stewart Downing.

"It was tactically not so smart of Shaw. I think the referee could give him a yellow card, but he doesn't touch him."

The Red Devils will be ruing the missed opportunity which could have seen them move within three points of bitter rivals Manchester City in second place.

Despite playing uninspired football and looking generally unimpressive all season, Champions League qualification is on the cards for United as Van Gaal looks to fill the void Sir Alex Ferguson has left.

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