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January 5, 2013 7:15 PM SAST
Boleyn Ground — London
Referee:‬ M. Atkinson‎
Attendance:‬ 32922‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: West Ham 2-2 Manchester United

Van Persie's sensational late leveller rescues a replay for United with a last-gasp strike after James Collins' double had turned around Tom Cleverley's first-half opener

By Greg Stobart at Upton Park

  • Jussi Jaaskelainen
    2
    4
    2.50

    Jussi Jaaskelainen

    Stayed strong to deny Welbeck in the first-half but could do nothing about either of United's goals.

  • Guy Demel
    2
    3
    2.50

    Guy Demel

    Solid enough in defence but fell asleep on occasions and looked very uncertain when in possession.

  • James Collins
    16
    4
    4.00

    James Collins Top of the Match

    An unlikely hero as he rose high to score twice for West Ham with two almost identical goals that were brilliantly headed into the far corner.

  • James Tomkins
    0
    3
    2.50

    James Tomkins

    Couldn't always cope with United's attacking movement but showed good awareness and anticipation to snuff out attacks and recover from mistakes.

  • Daniel Potts
    3
    4
    2.50

    Daniel Potts

    Thrown straight into the side after being recalled from a loan spell at MK Dons - and the youngster produced a solid performance at left-back against the Premier League leaders.

  • Alou Diarra
    4
    3
    2.00

    Alou Diarra

    A huge physical presence but awkward on the ball and didn't get close enough to the United midfielders.

  • Joe Cole
    23
    4
    3.50

    Joe Cole

    Given a hero's welcome on his return to his boyhood club and made a telling contribution with two fantastic crosses from the left for Collins' goals.

  • Jack Collison
    1
    4
    2.50

    Jack Collison

    Worked hard in central midfield as he tried to deny United's midfielders space and joined attacks when possible.

  • Kevin Nolan
    2
    3
    2.00

    Kevin Nolan

    Always a nuisance and looking to get in dangerous positions, without the ball ever falling his way. Worked hard but could have got closer to Scholes at times.

  • Carlton Cole
    5
    3
    2.00

    Carlton Cole

    A quiet game for the striker as he failed to escape the attentions of the United defenders but offered a decent outlet for the hosts.

  • Ricardo Vaz Te
    1
    6
    1.50

    Ricardo Vaz Te

    Looked bright and willing but the Portuguese winger's end product was completely missing.

Substitutions

  • Matthew Jarvis
    2
    2
    2.50

    Matthew Jarvis

    Lively on the counter-attack after replacing Vaz Te in the 61st minute.

  • Mark Noble
    1
    2
    2.50

    Mark Noble

    Replaced Diarra in the 73rd minute to add another body in midfield.

  • Matthew Taylor
    0
    3

    Matthew Taylor

    Replaced Joe Cole 12 minutes from time.

  • David de Gea
    21
    9
    2.50

    David de Gea

    The Spaniard had little to do and was helpless to stop either of Collins' goals.

  • Alexander Büttner
    24
    9
    2.50

    Alexander Büttner

    A comfortable game for the young Dutch left-back. Untroubled defensively and some good deliveries from wide areas.

  • Chris Smalling
    10
    27
    2.00

    Chris Smalling

    Failed to put enough pressure on Joe Cole as the returning West Ham man swung in excellent crosses for Collins' goals.

  • Jonny Evans
    24
    9
    2.50

    Jonny Evans

    Good distribution and took up decent positions.

  • Nemanja Vidic
    25
    10
    2.00

    Nemanja Vidic

    Strong enough performance from the United captain but may feel he could have done more to challenge Collins for at least one of the Welshman's goal.

  • Rafael
    24
    7
    2.50

    Rafael

    A bright display in a fairly unfamiliar role but didn't put any pressure on Joe Cole for either of Collins' goals. Linked up nicely with his team-mates and played a role in Cleverley's opener.

  • Paul Scholes
    17
    15
    2.00

    Paul Scholes

    The 38-year-old magician was showed his class as he dictated the tempo of the game in the first-half, but faded as the game went on before being replaced by Valencia in the 68th minute.

  • Tom Cleverley
    25
    8
    2.50

    Tom Cleverley

    Impressive passing and movement on top of a well-taken goal in the 23rd minute, sweeping past Jaaskelainen from 10 yards after a good run.

  • Danny Welbeck
    16
    26
    2.50

    Danny Welbeck

    Lively in the final third with his movement and link-up play - but needed to be more decisive in the West Ham penalty area.

  • Javier Hernández
    30
    8
    2.50

    Javier Hernández

    Great run and cross for Cleverley's goal and always played on the shoulder of the last man - but drifted out of the game before being replaced by Van Persie in the 68th minute.

  • Shinji Kagawa
    20
    40
    1.50

    Shinji Kagawa Flop of the Match

    A virtually anonymous performance from the midfielder as he appeared to lack confidence to turn on the ball and run at the Hammers defence.

Substitutions

  • Antonio Valencia
    10
    32
    2.00

    Antonio Valencia

    Came on for Scholes in the 68th minute but made little impact.

  • Ryan Giggs
    41
    4
    2.50

    Ryan Giggs

    Replaced Smalling 12 minutes from time and produced sublime pass for Van Persie's goal.

  • Robin van Persie
    65
    7
    3.50

    Robin van Persie

    Replaced Chicharito in the 68th minute and rescued the visitors with wonderfully taken goal in the dying stages.

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