Former Manchester United duo Javier Hernandez and Patrice Evra make big impact for West Ham United against Chelsea

by Leo Nieboer

Javier Hernandez and Patrice Evra came on for West Ham United against Chelsea and played an important role in snatching a 1-1 draw for the visitors and albeit confirming their former club’s place in the Champions League.

The Mexican, who came on to score a dramatic equaliser at Stamford Bridge in 2012, repeated the trick for the Irons with a driven finish into the bottom corner after 73 minutes.

Evra, meanwhile, replaced the injured Aaron Cresswell in the second half and looked solid on his first appearance in over a month.

The result left Chelsea, now entering something of a downward spiral under Antonio Conte, ten points adrift of the Champions League spots and 14 behind Manchester United, who now need to just win two games to confirm their place among Europe’s elite for next season.

On a weekend that saw United return to their old habits and launch a swashbuckling comeback against a crumbling City, the former United duo added to the throwback feeling by coming on and changing the game.

Chicharito, as he so often does, ghosted into the box to deliver another sucker-punch in the same goal where he cancelled out Chelsea’s 3-0 lead six years ago. And Evra, a man who transcends football, came on to chants of ‘I love this game’ from West Ham supporters and delivered an energetic, disciplined display on the left hand side of defence.

You may also like