LONDON: Daley Blind came to Manchester United’s rescue in the Premier League with a stoppage-time equaliser for a 1-1 draw at West Ham after their expensive attack misfired yet again.
Wayne Rooney, Angel Di Maria, Robin Van Persie, Radamel Falcao & Co managed only five shots on target and conceded a superb goal to Senegal midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate early in the second half.
They earned a point only after bringing on Marouane Fellaini to lead some crude up-and-under football. United also ended with 10 men when Luke Shaw was sent off a minute after the equaliser.
Earlier Stoke striker Peter Crouch came off the bench to snatch a 1-1 draw at Newcastle with a dramatic late equaliser.
The Magpies went ahead through Jack Colback in the 74th minute but then Crouch headed home fellow substitute Geoff Cameron’s 90th-minute cross to deny John Carver successive league victories and leave Newcastle still awaiting a first home win of 2015.
Colback might not have been on the pitch to put the Magpies ahead had referee Kevin Friend issued a second caution for a 71st-minute foul on Victor Moses.
Brown Ideye rescued West Bromwich Albion as they hit back from two-down to draw 2-2 at fellow strugglers Burnley.
The club’s record signing almost left the club in the final hours of the winter transfer window on Monday but came off the bench at half-time at Turf Moor to head in the equaliser.
Burnley were two up inside 32 minutes through Ashley Barnes and Danny Ings but Chris Brunt pulled one back just before half-time for Albion. The point was enough for Burnley to climb back out of the relegation zone.