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November 28, 2012 8:00 p.m. GMT
Old Trafford — Manchester
Referee:‬ M. Jones‎
Attendance:‬ 75572‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Manchester United 1-0 West Ham United

A Robin van Persie strike after just 33 seconds was enough to settle a lively contest at Old Trafford, as the hosts stay top of the table with three points and a rare clean sheet

By Joe Wright at Old Trafford

  • Anders Lindegaard
    2
    0
    3.00

    Anders Lindegaard

    Rarely tested throughout, aside from punching one or two crosses, but made one crucial reaction save to Cole's turn and shot from close range.

  • Rafael
    3
    0
    4.00

    Rafael Top of the Match

    Alert to the early threat of Jarvis, making a number of key interceptions while getting forward with his customary confidence.

  • Patrice Evra
    3
    0
    3.50

    Patrice Evra

    Did not venture forward as often as he usually does, but manned the left flank impressively, stopping Jarvis and Taylor in their tracks. Almost cost his side the three points with a careless late backpass, however.

  • Jonny Evans
    2
    0
    4.00

    Jonny Evans

    Adopted something of a sweeper role, frequently carrying the ball upfield to start the attack for his side. Another impressive display from the Nothern Ireland international, who is continuing to flourish in the absence of Nemanja Vidic.

  • Chris Smalling
    2
    0
    3.50

    Chris Smalling

    Marshalled the lacklustre Carroll effectively and was confident and commanding in the air all night. One excellent block on Nolan in injury time summed up his strong performance.

  • Anderson
    3
    0
    3.50

    Anderson

    Picked up where he left off against QPR, hussling the Hammers' midfield and driving towards the heart of the defence. Greeted by a deserved ovation when he was replaced late by Jones.

  • Michael Carrick
    2
    0
    3.00

    Michael Carrick

    Set up Van Persie for the opening goal, and marshalled his defence with a usual mix of solid passing and intuitive positional play. Booked for bringing down Cole late on.

  • Tom Cleverley
    1
    0
    3.50

    Tom Cleverley

    Tremendous energy early on from the England man, who linked well with Anderson and caused James Tomkins a number of problems. Began to tire in the second half, and was ultimately replaced by Young.

  • Wayne Rooney
    2
    0
    3.00

    Wayne Rooney

    A constant force between the lines, linking midfield and attack with some excellent close control and effective passing. Faded slightly from the game as proceedings wore on and was replaced by Welbeck.

  • Javier Hernández
    2
    0
    3.00

    Javier Hernández

    Blasted over from a tight angle early on before seeing a low shot superbly tipped round the post by Jaaskelainen. His movement caused West Ham problems all evening.

  • Robin van Persie
    1
    0
    3.50

    Robin van Persie

    Struck with barely a minute on the clock, with his shot taking a huge deflection before nestling into the net. He was a menace to Reid whenever he peeled away to the left, and came close to adding to his tally with a free-kick.

Substitutions

  • Phil Jones
    2
    0

    Phil Jones

    Replaced Anderson for the final few minutes.

  • Ashley Young
    2
    0
    2.50

    Ashley Young

    Came on for Cleverley for the final 20 minutes but failed to impact upon proceedings.

  • Danny Welbeck
    2
    0

    Danny Welbeck

    Replaced Rooney for the final ten minutes but was denied much service.

  • Jussi Jaaskelainen
    0
    0
    3.50

    Jussi Jaaskelainen

    Helpless for the opener, but saved superbly from Chicharito's low shot on the half-hour mark and again from Rooney 30 minutes later. Performed well to keep the score at 1-0.

  • Winston Reid
    0
    0
    2.50

    Winston Reid

    Eager going forward but often failed to get the better of Evra. Made a brilliant block to deny Van Persie a clear opening in the final quarter of the game.

  • James Tomkins
    0
    0
    2.00

    James Tomkins

    Deployed just in front of his back four to add some extra cover, but was often exposed by the pace and trickery of Rooney.

  • Joey O'Brien
    0
    0
    2.50

    Joey O'Brien

    Often caught out by the movement of United's front three, though he did grow into the game into the second half.

  • James Collins
    0
    0
    2.00

    James Collins

    Unfortunate to see the ball deflect up and over Jaaskelainen inside the opening minute following Van Persie's shot. A strong presence in the air, reading the hosts' movement up front well.

  • Guy Demel
    0
    0
    2.50

    Guy Demel

    Was left a little bemused at times by United's attacking movement and Rafael's lively runs forward. Ventured forward a little more as West Ham pushed for an equaliser.

  • Kevin Nolan
    0
    0
    2.50

    Kevin Nolan

    Booked early on for tripping Cleverley and seemed to lose the physical edge to his game as a result. Never really impacted upon midfield as much as he would have liked.

  • Matthew Jarvis
    0
    0
    2.50

    Matthew Jarvis

    Looked a threat on the counter on but, on the rare occassion he got the better of Evra or Rafael, he was let down too often by his final ball. Replaced by Maiga on 70 minutes.

  • Matthew Taylor
    0
    0
    3.00

    Matthew Taylor

    Hit the top of the Stretford end with an unusually-wild shot just before the break, which summed up his contribution in the first half. Switched to left flank in the second half and provided a handful of menacing crosses.

  • Mohamed Diame
    0
    0
    3.00

    Mohamed Diame

    Strong physical presence but exposed by the pace of Anderson and Cleverley. Became more effective in the second half as he looked to push further forward, but began to tire as the game wore on.

  • Andy Carroll
    0
    1
    1.50

    Andy Carroll Flop of the Match

    Came close with one volleyed effort but scuffed a number of other opportunities. His control let him down too often as he struggled to hold up the ball and link with his supporting midfielders. Replaced to a chorus of boos from the home faithful just after the hour mark.

Substitutions

  • Gary O'Neil
    0
    0

    Gary O'Neil

    Came on for the final 10 minutes but was unable to make an impact.

  • Carlton Cole
    0
    0
    2.50

    Carlton Cole

    Came on for Carroll but a lack of service made his impact rather negligible, although he did link play better than the man he replaced.

  • Modibo Maiga
    0
    0
    2.50

    Modibo Maiga

    Replaced jarvis with 20 minutes to go but struggled to get the better of Evra.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
29 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Man City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man. United
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
15 0