Made fine first half saves from Vidic and Park but his positioning was slightly awry for Rooney's free-kick and did not look convincing during United's comeback.
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A game of two contrasting halves. Outstanding before the break, he was an accident waiting to happen after it. Embarrassing error for Hernandez's goal.
Confronted by the trickiest attacker in the match, Bridge struggled to stunt Valencia's influence although he would have benefitted from greater protection from Ba.
Won a series of important headers and was unfortunate that he was responsible for conceding the crucial penalty at 2-2 when Fabio's crossing hit his low arm from point-blank range.
Defended solidly although he offered little going forward.
Can do no wrong at Upton Park. Even when he shoots miles over the bar, he gets cheered by the home fans. Harried United's midfield into endless errors and calmly instigated fresh attacks with neat passing.
Despatched two penalties - one left, one right on the keeper - with all the elan of former West Ham spot-kick supremo Ray Stewart. He was also an industrious ally of Parker in the central acres before running out of puff.
His excellent long passing provided a crucial outlet when West Ham were under the pump, including the more speculative punt that led to the first penalty. Were would the Hammers be in the table if 'Der Hammer' had been available all season?
Provided balance to West Ham's narrow midfield on the right flank but his tenacity and energy were not enough for his team to remain in control.
Struggled to get involved in a left-sided role as his pace was more of a potential threat than an actual threat.
Won two first half penalties by out-foxing first Evra and then, with some neat footwork, Vidic. Used his body strength to offer West Ham a crucial outlet when they were under the pump to vindicate his inclusion ahead of Keane.
A bizarre afternoon for the United No2, who twice picked the ball out of the net following penalties but otherwise had little to do.
Very fortunate to win the crucial third penalty of the afternoon when the score was 2-2 but he attacked vibrantly and was the most reliable of United's defenders on an afternoon when they threatend to implode.
Conceded the early penalty when he was duped by Cole's attempted flick over his head and needlessly raised his right arm. Had an unconvincing first half and was replaced by Hernandez at half-time.
Sloppy defending in the build-up to the first half, when he allowed a long punt to bounce through untouched to Cole. Spent long periods of the second half as an auxiliary attacker although it never amounted to much.
Provided an endless stream of inviting crosses from the right flank to compensate for the speed that has not yet returned to his legs following that ankle injury. His presence also brought the best out of Rooney.
The Serbian was the polar opposite of his oustanding form this season - nervy, error-prone and not in complete control. Couldn't resist pulling down Cole for the second penalty and nearly saw red when he hauled down Ba just outside the box at the end of the first half. There were doubts as to whether it was an obvious goalscoring opportunity so the decision was correct but one of football's truisms is that on the rare occasions Vidic is bad, he is terrible.
Returning to the starting X1 for the first time since Boxing Day, the south Korean was typically tireless but made little impact, either behind Rooney in the first half or on left flank in the second. Subbed in the second half.
Is there anything this man can't do. Left midfield in the first half, he dropped to left-back in the second following Evra's withdrawal and was an integral figure in the comeback.
Has an army of critics - mostly United supporters -but never shirked his task, even if his passing was sloppy at times.
Kept United ticking over with his astute passing and enabled them to dominate possession after the break and eventually smash the home side's resilience.
In the first half he struggled to get involved and seemed a million miles away from the centre-forward of 12 months ago. But a brilliant all-round hat-trick - one free-kick, one slick cross-shot and a penalty - answered the doubters emphatically. Took his League tally for the season to double figures and crept up behind Giggs and Scholes to become third United player to break 100-goal barrier in the Premier League.
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- 8 Anderson
Replaced Rooney in the final minutes.
His velvet touch and general air of calmness was crucial to United's comeback as he linked the play brilliantly.
Slid in United's fourth with yet another poacher's goal in a season full of them. Penny for Michael Owen's thoughts?
- 7 M. Owen