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February 23, 2010 8:00 PM GMT
38′ Wayne Rooney
55′ Wayne Rooney
80′ Michael Owen
90′ +3
FULL-TIME! All over at Old Trafford and disappointment for West Ham, delight for Manchester United. Three goals and three points for the champions who move back to within a point of leaders Chelsea.
Heading into three minutes of added time at the end of the game.
Another good chance for the Red Devils! Scholes creates the chances for himself but the ball takes a nasty bobble at a critical moment and West Ham escape.
West Ham attack with Mido but yet again Vidic beats Cole and clears the danger. Rooney will steal the headlines but Vidic has been superb for the home side tonight, as have Valencia and Berbatov.
Great movement and a clinical finish by Owen but West Ham are furious, they had a player down injured and wanted the referee to stop play.
Goal Michael Owen
GOAL! Michael Owen makes it 3-0 for Manchester United!
Substitution Wayne Rooney Mame Biram Diouf
Substitution Dimitar Berbatov Michael Owen
Now it's the home side's chance to change things around with Owen and Diouf replacing Rooney and Berbatov. Rooney receives a standing ovation from the Old Trafford faithful.
Substitution Alessandro Diamanti Kieron Dyer
It's starting to snow at Old Trafford as Kieron Dyer enters the fray for the visitors, Diamanti is the man to make way.
Half-chance for the visitors. Dimanti has a shot, it takes a deflection but Foster adjusts well to make the save.
Rooney, on a hat-trick remember, races forwards and into the box but he's denied by Tomkins who does well to concede the corner which comes to nothing.
Good save by Green! The home side continue to threaten with Scholes and Berbatov combining well but the West Ham keeper saves well from the midfielder .
West Ham opt to changes things sending on Collison for Behrami.
Substitution Valon Behrami Jack Collison
Great chance for West Ham. Kovac crosses but Cole can't convert and somehow the champions escape!
Off the line by Faubert! Rooney makes something out of nothing, shooting from an almost impossible angle after outmuscling Green but the defender is on hand to hoof clear!
Good response by the Hammers who win a succession of corners but they can't make them count and the home side keep their lead intact.
It's the same supply line as the first goal. The cross by Valencia, the header by Rooney as the striker bags his 27th goal of the season.
Goal Wayne Rooney
GOAL! It's Manchester United, its Rooney and it's 2-0!
Gibson gives the ball away which allows Cole to attack but United regain possession and Rooney finds Valencia who races into the box but Kovac does brilliantly to get back and concede th corner.
Faubert drills a low cross into the box but Vidic clears the danger and there are just a few signs of frustration in the West Ham attack.
West Ham win a corner, Cole gets a head on it before Behrami blazes it into the stands.
Substitution G. Franco Mido
Just one change to tell you about at the break with Mido replacing Franco for the visitors as Manchester United get this second half underway. Within seconds of the restart United hit the crossbar with Park, after Valencia's cross!
45′ +31
Yellow Card Julien Faubert
45′ +3
HALF-TIME! Manchester United lead 1-0 at the break courtesy of Rooney's header. Join me in 15 minutes for all the second half action.
Into three minutes of added time at the end of the first half...
Rooney! So close to a second! The striker flicks the ball up before unleashing a dipping volley from the edge of the box which just skims the bar! Great effort.
Good response to going behind by the Hammers. Dimanti causes havoc before Noble shoots from outside the box, he mishits and it almost falls for Franco but he can't take advantage and the Red Devils can clear.
Lovely flowing move by the home side who open the scoring in style. Vidic brings the ball out of defence and it is quickly worked out to Valencia who volleys a first time cross to Rooney to head home!
Goal Wayne Rooney
GOAL! Great goal by Manchester United as Wayne Rooney heads home the opener!
Valencia and Scholes combine for the champions and the ball is whipped into the box but yet again Green is well aware of the danger and is first to the ball.
Just wide by Gibson! Great effort by the midfielder who lets fly from range and is inches away from grabbing the opener.
A free kick by Mark Noble finds Matthew Upson but his header is easily claimed by Ben Foster and the champions can build again.
Half an hour gone at Old Trafford and still no goals. The home side are edging possession but West Ham are proving tough opposition and look a real threat on the break.
West Ham are looking well-organised defensively and Gianfranco Zola will be pleased with the way they have coped with Wayne Rooney and co so far this evening.
Good save Green! Park cuts inside and shoots left footed but it is parried away by Green! Berbatov then backheels Gibson's deflected shot but it hasn't enough power on it to cross the line and Green claims again.
West Ham are growing in confidence here and are certainly not afraid to shoot on sight with a deflected Diamanti effort making Foster scramble back towards his own goal before claiming.
Great burst from Rooney who shrugs off Noble but he can't beat Tomkins who makes a superb challenge on the edge of the area to deny the striker. West Ham then break with pace and Behrami fires a super effort just wide of Foster's post!
Substitution Anderson Ji-Sung Park
Here comes the change! Ji-Sung Park has replaced Anderson for Manchester United.
Anderson's evening is over. The Brazilian has failed to recover from the knee injury and hobbles to the bench, disappointment written all over his face. Cue frantic activity on the home bench...
Carlton Cole comes forward and lacking options, decides to go for goal but his shot is wayward and doesn't trouble Ben Foster in the United goal.
Evra steams down the left wing before finding Rooney who sends in an early cross but Green is alive to the danger and is off his line smartly to claim.
Anderson has picked up a knee injury and he's struggling at the moment. The Brazilian has received some treatment, and is trying to continue but is definitely hobbling at the moment as he tries to run it off.
Nearly a nasty moment for Green! The goalkeeper tries to clear the ball but it hits Berbatov! The referee blows instantly for a handball and Green looks mightily relieved!
Chance for United! A good move by the home side with Rooney playing Valencia in, inside the box. He takes a brilliant first touch before miskicking and West Ham escape!
Good little spell for the visitors who break with Carlton Cole but Wes Brown does well to get back and United eventually clear.
Rooney breaks from the half-way line with speed which brings the crowd to its feet. He finds Anderson who passes to Valencia but the momentum is lost, West Ham get men behind the ball and the attack breaks down.
An early cross from Gibson tries to find Berbatov but Robert Green intervenes. The goalkeeper injures his back in the process but he looks like he'll be OK to continue.
Here we go! West Ham get us underway at a chilly Old Trafford and immediately send the ball all the way back to goalkeeper Robert Green who hits a long ball upfield.
Some interesting team news before we get going. Sir Alex Ferguson makes five changes bringing in Ben Foster, Darron Gibson, Anderson, Nemanja Vidic and Paul Scholes. West Ham, meanwhile, bring in Mark Noble for Scott Parker, otherwise it's the same XI that beat Hull City.
West Ham United: Green, Faubert, Tomkins, Upson, Spector, Behrami, Noble, Kovac, Diamanti, Franco, Cole. Subs: Stech, Dyer, Ilan, Mido, Da Costa, Collison, Daprela.
Manchester United: Foster, Neville, Brown, Vidic, Evra, Valencia, Gibson, Scholes, Anderson, Berbatov, Rooney. Subs: Kuszczak, Owen, Park, Rafael, Evans, Fletcher, Diouf.
Good evening and welcome to Goal.com as we bring you live coverage of tonight's Premier League clash between Manchester United and West Ham United. Can the champions bounce back from their weekend defeat to Everton? Or will the Hammers maintain their current good run? Find out here as kick off is coming right up!
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