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Played
April 2, 2011 12:45 PM BST
Boleyn Ground — London
Referee:‬ L. Mason‎
Attendance:‬ 34546‎
 
11′ (PG) Mark Noble
Wayne Rooney 65′
25′ (PG) Mark Noble
Wayne Rooney 73′
 
Wayne Rooney 79′ (PG)
 
   
 
 

Player ratings: West Ham 2-4 Manchester United

By Wayne Veysey at Upton Park

  • Robert Green
    37
    30
    3.00

    Robert Green

    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.

  • Lars Jacobsen
    16
    34
    3.00

    Lars Jacobsen

    Defended solidly although he offered little going forward.

  • Manuel Da Costa Trindade
    22
    39
    3.00

    Manuel Da Costa Trindade

    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.

  • Matthew Upson
    13
    39
    3.00

    Matthew Upson

    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.

  • Wayne Bridge
    16
    30
    2.50

    Wayne Bridge

    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.

  • Gary O'Neil
    13
    26
    2.50

    Gary O'Neil

    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.

  • Scott Parker
    47
    24
    3.50

    Scott Parker

    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.

  • Mark Noble
    24
    22
    3.00

    Mark Noble

    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.

  • Thomas Hitzlsperger
    37
    23
    3.00

    Thomas Hitzlsperger

    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?

  • Carlton Cole
    58
    26
    3.50

    Carlton Cole

    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.

  • Demba Ba
    23
    42
    2.50

    Demba Ba

    Struggled to get involved in a left-sided role as his pace was more of a potential threat than an actual threat.

Substitutions

  • Frédéric Piquionne
    10
    28
    3.00

    Frédéric Piquionne

    Replaced Cole in the centre-forward role for the last quarter of the game.

  • Victor Nsofor Obinna
    8
    26
    0.00

    Victor Nsofor Obinna

    Ran around to little effect as West Ham's substitutions did the opposite of what they were meant to do - by making the team worse.

  • Robbie Keane
    11
    34
    0.00

    Robbie Keane

    Hardly touched the ball after coming on late on.

  • Tomasz Kuszczak
    155
    50
    3.00

    Tomasz Kuszczak

    A bizarre afternoon for the United No2, who twice picked the ball out of the net following penalties but otherwise had little to do.

  • Fabio Da Silva
    304
    12
    3.50

    Fabio Da Silva

    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.

  • Chris Smalling
    139
    75
    2.50

    Chris Smalling

    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.

  • Nemanja Vidic
    182
    194
    2.00

    Nemanja Vidic Flop of the Match

    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.

  • Patrice Evra
    145
    82
    2.50

    Patrice Evra

    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.

  • Antonio Valencia
    354
    19
    3.50

    Antonio Valencia

    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.

  • Darron Gibson
    150
    113
    2.50

    Darron Gibson

    Has an army of critics - mostly United supporters -but never shirked his task, even if his passing was sloppy at times.

  • Michael Carrick
    224
    51
    3.50

    Michael Carrick

    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.

  • Ji-Sung Park
    172
    102
    2.50

    Ji-Sung Park

    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.

  • Ryan Giggs
    313
    23
    3.00

    Ryan Giggs

    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.

  • Wayne Rooney
    621
    52
    4.00

    Wayne Rooney Top of the Match

    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.

Substitutions

  • Nani
    179
    36
    0.00

    Nani

    Replaced Rooney in the final minutes.

  • Dimitar Berbatov
    538
    28
    3.50

    Dimitar Berbatov

    His velvet touch and general air of calmness was crucial to United's comeback as he linked the play brilliantly.

  • Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez
    415
    56
    3.00

    Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez

    Slid in United's fourth with yet another poacher's goal in a season full of them. Penny for Michael Owen's thoughts?

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
30 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
16 0
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man Utd.
15 2