West Ham fans have been reacting to a post from the club’s official Twitter account remembering a glorious free-kick on this day (March 13) against Manchester United five years ago, from a man who perhaps divides opinion more than any former Hammer – Dimitri Payet.
In less than two years in east London, the mercurial Frenchman directly contributed to 38 goals in 60 appearances for the Irons, endearing himself to the faithful supporters in the process.
To this day there remains conjecture over the circumstances that saw the talented midfielder leave the club, so perhaps it’s no surprise a trip down memory lane has sparked mixed reactions from fans.
Here’s a pick…
Teams were terrified of giving away free kicks to us due to Payet. One of our best ever players.
— Nicole Westerman (@Flixie00) March 13, 2021
He really was something special ⚒
— Alfie (@Whu_Alfie) March 13, 2021
He was special but now we have a team that work for each other every game.
— John Bird ⚒ (@johnbird65) March 13, 2021
Never get tired of watching this. He was different gravy that season https://t.co/NW0KQCgdQT
— Luke David (@Luke_whu94) March 13, 2021