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Rooney brace sinks Zola's Hammers

By Matt Monaghan | Manchester United correspondent

MANCHESTER UNITED

Ben Foster - 5 - Almost embarrassed himself with sloppy handling from looped deflection in first half. Distribution sub-par and error-strewn.

Gary Neville - 6 - Willing runner but Valencia didn't need to use him. Typically tigerish when asked to defend.

Wes Brown - 7 - Played it simple. Won lion's share of header and looked happy with deferential role to Vidic.

Nemanja Vidic
- 7 - Experience and class steadied the previously shaky United back line. Beasted Cole and Franco a number of times. Uncharacteristic charge forward sparked opener.

Patrice Evra - 7 - Found time to show exquisite dribbling technique. West Ham defenders found it impossible to steal the ball from his feet.

Antonio Valencia
- 8 - Tremendous first time cross put opening goal on a plate for Rooney. Used intelligence to play deep ball for the second. Attempted to cut inside at times in notable evolution to his playing style. Is on course to become a world class winger.

Darron Gibson
- 7 - Grew in to the match. Confidence swelled as he got his foot on the ball and a series of quality through balls came in the second half. Never scared to take on a shot.

Paul Scholes - 7 - The class next to Gibson. Hit some delightful chipped passes and even rolled back the years with lung-busting runs in to the box but couldn't claim his 100th Premier League goal. Played in Owen for his goal.

Anderson
- 6 - Unfortunate Brazilian forced off in the first quarter of the match with a knee injury. Had looked bright on first team comeback.

Dimitar Berbatov
- 8 - Continued his good work from the Everton match. Linked play with Rooney effectively and covered the blades of grass to show growing commitment to the cause. Great passes to Valencia in build up to both Rooney goals. Taken off for goalscorer Owen.

Wayne Rooney
- 8.5 - Both goals were bread and butter, but control and volley that hit the roof of the net bore the hallmark of true genius. Constant thorn in West Ham's side. Sat out last 10 minutes as Diouf came on.

Substitutes

Michael Owen - 7 - Opened body to finish with aplomb right after coming on.

Ji-Sung Park - 7 - Positive performance from the Korean. Understanding with Evra is great weapon in United armoury. Rasping shot hit the bar at start of second half.

Mame Biram Diouf - 6 - Barely got a touch as is it was left for Owen to get on the score sheet.

WEST HAM UNITED

Robert Green - 6 - Dealt well with the volley of shots on his goal. Shot-stopping skill would have impressed Fabio Capello in battle with Foster. Was lucky not to concede when beaten to the ball by Rooney out wide.

Julien Faubert - 5 - Penned back in his own half by Evra and Park. Never attempted a tackle in the match. Booked for cynical foul on Berbatov.

James Tomkins - 7 - Made one great tackle on Rooney as he matched him stride for stride. Generally solid and outshone the vastly experienced Upson.

Matthew Upson - 4 - All over the place. Several suicidal passes out of defence put his team-mates in the mire. Played Owen onside as he broke the defensive line.

Jonathan Spector
- 5 - Struggled to keep pace with Valencia on return to Old Trafford. Couldn't keep the door shut all game and the goals flowed.

Valon Behrami - 6 - Got around the pitch in usual energetic style. Cross-cum-shot forced Foster across his goalmouth in first half. Cross too high for Cole after the break. Taken off for Collison.

Mark Noble - 6 - Filled in adequately for the absent Parker. Made number of cute fouls to cut United down. Left injured on the floor as Owen scored.

Radoslav Kovac - 4 - What does he add to the side? Immobile on the park and leaden footed in possession.

Alessandro Diamanti - 5 - Disappointingly quiet night for the Italian. Didn't grasp opportunity to get at the aged Neville. Deflected shot caused sloppy moment from Foster.

Guillermo Franco
- 4 - Flapped his arms and looked to the referee for help rather than rolling his sleeves up. Didn't see the second half as he was removed for Mido.

Carlton Cole - 5 - Ring rust from spell on the sidelines showed against top drawer defenders. Touch a tad too heavy and shots just off the mark.

Substitutes

Kieron Dyer - 6 - Welcome return from the former England international after yet another long spell on the sidelines.

Mido - 5 - No improvement on the frustrating Franco.

Jack Collison - 6 - Youngster gave Evra a little more to think about.

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