Fans blaming one Man Utd player for West Ham's opening goal [Tweets]

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After a difficult spell, things have started to look a little better for Manchester United over the past week or so courtesy of a three-game unbeaten run.

However, any feel good feeling there was around Old Trafford heading into Sunday afternoon's Premier League clash against West Ham didn't last long after the visitors took the lead inside two minutes. 

It was Diafra Sakho who put the Hammers in front after connecting with a free-kick to head home from close range. And, just as quickly had the Red Devils fallen behind, United fans were already pointing the blame for the goal squarely at one man.

When you have to cope with a player of the quality of Dimitri Payet taking set pieces there is always going to be a chance that you concede. 

And, whilst Jose Mourinho and his staff will likely have drilled home the importance of dealing with the Frenchman's deliveries, any training ground work went out the window inside the first 120 seconds.

David de Gea was left motionless as Sakho's header flew past him into the net but, rather than blame the Spanish goalkeeper or the United player who gave away the free-kick in the first place, Red Devils supporters on social media were quick to single out Zlatan Ibrahimovic for his weak defending.

As you can see, Zlatan was the United player tasked with keeping an eye on Sakho and, with the West Ham forward having scored the opener with little disruption, the Swedish striker wasn't exactly at his dominant best when it really mattered.

At 6 foot 5 inches tall, you'd think Ibrahimovic would be able to handle himself in his own box, as well as the opposition area.

Whether it was a lapse of concentration, or simply being outmanoeuvred by Sakho, his effort to stop the Hammers star did not go down well with home supporters.

Fortunately for the Swede, he has been able to rectify his own mistake since by grabbing the equaliser.

Rather ironically, it came with his head in West Ham's own six-yard box as he glanced home a perfectly-weighted Paul Pogba pass.

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