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December 5, 2009 4:00 PM GMT
Upton Park
Paul Scholes 45+1′
Wayne Rooney 72′
FULLTIME. Its all over here and the champions march on. A good performance by an injury ravaged side sees West Ham concede 4 goals at home. At Fulltime, its West Ham 0 - 4 Man United.
Insult to injury. United making West Ham run around and chase the ball now. This has been a night to forget for the Hammers.
Into injury time and West Ham have a corner but its easily cleared. Giggs playing left back now.
Brown is taken off and that means United are down to ten men. Apparently its his hamstring and this is serious trouble for the champions. No centre backs at all.
West Ham look to break as Anderson slips but Stanislas' ball is poor and goes straight out of play. They have really been poor in midfield today.
Chance again!!!! Franco is played in at the back and he takes it first time but its way wide
The Hammers have most of the possession but they're still to score. SAF looks quite content from the touchlines with 6 minutes to go.
West Ham have a free kick and its Diamanti hoping for third time lucky but he smacks it straight into the wall. Appeals for handball but its waved away. Scholes was booked in the events leading to the free kick which means he will miss the next match.
Yellow Card Paul Scholes
The crowd is very silent here and all the noise is being made by the travelling fans.
CHANCE!!!! Dyer goes down the left and finds Franco who lays it off to Stanislas on his right. Stanislas is unmarked and shoots but its just wide!!!! Dyer was flagged offside though.
Substitution Robert Green Peter Kurucz
Green is taken off and replaced by Kurucz. Zola looks very unhappy and you can't blame him. United had a makeshift defense and West Ham should have really attacked more. Owen is on also replacing Rooney.
Substitution Wayne Rooney Michael Owen
Goal Wayne Rooney
GOAL!!!!! Oh dear this is turning into a rout!!!! United break and Rooney finds Berbatov who plays Valencia on the right. He crosses and Rooney is unmarked to tap in United's 4th!!!!! This is turning into a nightmare for the Hammers!!!!
Goal Antonio Valencia
GOAL!!!!!!! Thats its surely??? A lovely move sees Giggs find Anderson on the left and he produces a brilliant cross that is cooly slotted in at the far post by Valencia!!! Brilliant move, good finish. Game over, surely?
CHANCE!!!!!! Close!!!!! Evra goes on a marauding run and beats two defenders before squeezing off a shot that trickles past the far post!!!! Green was absolutely beaten there.
Substitution Darron Gibson Dimitar Berbatov
Substitution Radoslav Kovac Kieron Dyer
Substitution for United and West Ham as Berbatov comes on for goal scorer Gibson and Dyer replaces Kovac. Just a shade above twenty minutes left.
That goal seems to have sparked the home side into life. The Hammers now looking more menacing in their attacks. Is it too late though?
CHANCE!!!! What a save!!! West Ham immediately attack and from a free kick Diamanti nearly grabs a goal back but it takes an amazing save from Kusczak to deny him!!!! That free kick was very well hit!!!
GOAL!!!!! UNITED 2 0 UP!!! Gibson proves his inclusion was worth it with an amazing strike!!!! United break and Giggs runs down the center and tees up Gibson who strikes an unstoppable shot into the corner of the goal!!!!!
Goal Darron Gibson
More injury problems as Green looks to be getting treatment from the touchline. The weather is absoultely awful with the rain chucking down.
Oh dear thats very poor. The home side have a free kick in United half and its spanked straight out of play into row Z.
The game is being played at a very high tempo now. And a great chance for the Hammers!!!! Diamenti plays a super ball from the left and Franco is unmarked at the far post but can only head straight the keeper!!! Should have done better!!!
Ooh..close!!! Kusczak makes a hash of his clearance and immediately West Ham flood the box and look to press. Franco turns and shapes to shoot but Scholes nicks it off him. Very very nervy there.
Another nervy moment as Fletcher has to back pass and Kuszscak clears under pressure. Still no clear chance yet.
Chance for United!!!! Gibson charges through the left and Ronney latches on to his weak cross and tries to chip Green but the angle is too tight and its a goalkick.
West Ham have started the brighter side looking to attack but United still dealing with whatever they throw. You'd feel that they should throw everything at this makeshift defense.
Substitution Zavon Hines Alessandro Diamanti
Early chance for the Hammers!!!! Franco plays a lovely through ball and Stanislas just hesitates, long enough for Kuszscak to come out and collect. Nervous defending there.
United kick off the second half here at Upton Park leading the Hammers by a goal to nil.
HALFTIME. That goal was the last action as the ref blows his whistle. United just shaded that half and the Hammers have not looked to create any major chance in front of goal. Zola will have some work to do. At halftime, West Ham 0 - 1 Man United
45′ +1
Goal Paul Scholes
Injury time at Upton Park it seems as Hines looks to be struggling. He is limping around. Zola does not have much experience in that area on the bench.
Shaky defence they may have but United still looking more lethal. They've had more of the possession and Gibson ends another passing move with a hurried shot that goes wide.
United go up the other end and Valencia finds space down the right to cut back a loopy cross which is met by an unmarked Giggs but his header is high and above.
A good run from Parker sees him set up Stanislas on the left who cannot escape the attention of Fletcher and ends up fouling him in frustration.
For the home side, West Ham have not had much to be glad about. Zola looks pensive. The game is definitely there for the taking.
Almost a chance!!!! Brilliant through ball in the center and Rooney is through but Green charges off his line and just about clears it to saftey. Had he mistimed that, he would be off.
Substitution Gary Neville Michael Carrick
Oh dear. He's off and replaced by Carrick, who seems to be playing centre back. This is an absolute disaster for the champions and the hammers will fancy their chances now.
Kieron Dyer warming up on the touchline as Neville pulls up short. Looks like his groin. He is struggling and it spells trouble for United who are very depleted in defence. He looks to be coming off.
Bit of trickery from Giggs who plays Evra through and he crosses but its headed out for a corner. From this, Scholes has an effort which is deflected just wide of the post.
Brown brings down Hines on the right hand side and West Ham have a free kick in a promising position. No Vidic today so can they convert? No they can't because the delivery is poor.
Sloppy from both teams now. First United then the Hammers give the ball away.
Good pressing from the home side as they force United to play it all the way back to Kusczak. Not many chances in the game.
Ambitious from Rooney. He gets the ball around 30 yards out and spots Green off his line and lets loose a volley but its over. Green looked to have that covered though.
United have looked to attack down the left through Evra and Giggs and yet another attack sees Giggs tee up Gibson but his lay off is poor and easily cleared.
Third corner for United as ex-youth United player Spector blocks. Its a poor corner though and its half cleared before being pumped back again. Seconds later United get another corner off the same player and this time Scholes has an effort from far but its blocked. United looking slightly more menacing but West Ham look dangerous on the break.
Gibson has a chance on the edge of the area but it wouldnt sit down and its deflected for a corner. The corner is played short and its Anderson this time but again the shot is blocked.
Not much of attacking going on. United have the edge as expected but West Ham coping quite comfortably.
Sweeper keeper Kusczak comes out of his area charging out and heads out a bouncing ball to clear. Neville in defence of course as a centre back.
Chance!!! United have a corner and Giggs swings it in and its Valencia who gets his head onto it but it flies over!!!
Blimey!!!! Poor pass from Giggs and Ilunga is presented with the ball inside the D. He twists and turns and fires a low cross across the face of goal and Collison is there at the far post but he just can't get onto it!!!! Close one there!!!
Game is settling down with United settling into their passing rhythm. The Hammers seem to be coping with their attack while United will look to use Valencia and Giggs on the flanks more
Ilunga slides into Valencia just outside the box and the ref blows for a free kick. Giggs swings it in but headed out.
A half chance for Rooney sees him charge into the box and try and hold on to the ball but the defence outnumbers him and the ball is headed back to safety to Green. United just playing Rooney alone upfront ofcourse.
Fast break from the Hammers sees Stanislas run at United but they're back quickly to close him out. Bit of awasted oppurtunity that.
Good tempo to the game as the home team look to attack at every oppurtunity. United stretching five across the middle of the park and Zola will think that they have a good chance to get something out of this game.
And we're off!!! United kick us off at Upton Park
Team News: No Cole for the home side so Franco and Hines start up front with England hopeful Green between the sticks for them. For United, no Vidic so Fletcher starts at right back with Neville and Brown in the centre of the defence. Gibson also starts.
Hello and welcome to Upton Park where West Ham take on the champions. Team news to follow shortly
Team News: No Cole for the home side so Franco and Hines start up front with England hopeful Green between the sticks for them. For United, no Vidic so Fletcher starts at right back with Neville and Brown in the centre of the defence. Gibson also starts.
Hello and welcome to Upton Park where West Ham take on the champions. Team news to follow shortly
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