Video of the Day: West Ham United vs Manchester United, April 1992
West Ham United finally say adieu to The Boleyn Ground this week, and they do so with a home league match against a team from the other end of the country against whom they have had more than a few tete-a-tetes over the years, Manchester United. There was a period when West Ham seemed to delight in denying Manchester United major trophies, and perhaps one of the most famous victories of this period came at The Boleyn Ground at the end of April 1992.
It had been a quarter of a century since Manchester United had last been the champions of Europe. At the end of 1991, however, it seemed as if Alex Ferguson had finally got his balance of players right and that this drought would finally come to an end, but a one-nil defeat at Nottingham Forest in the middle of March 1992 the team’s form started to waver. Following this match, four draws and just two wins allowed Leeds United back into the title race, and a home defeat on the nineteenth of March, again at the hands of Nottingham Forest, gave Ferguson’s team one last chance of keeping the title race in their own hands.
Should Manchester United be able to win against West Ham United, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur in their final three matches, they would be the champions of England, but even though West Ham were bottom of the First Division table, they still believed themselves to be in with half a chance of avoiding relegation and desperately needed the three points themselves. Manchester United ended up winning just one of those last three matches and the last league title before the introduction of the Premier League. For West Ham United, meanwhile, this win wasn’t enough to spur an end of season revival, although the club would return back to the top flight at the first attempt the following season. Commentary at the Boleyn Ground comes from Clive Tyldesley.