• Date: Tue 23 February 2010
  • Venue: Old Trafford
  • Ref: Wiley, A
  • Attendance: 73,797
Manchester United

Manchester United

Rooney (38)

Rooney (55)

Owen (80)

3 - 0

Manchester United vs West Ham United

Team Lineups

Manchester United

Ben Foster
Gary Neville
Patrice Evra
Wes Brown
Nemanja Vidic
Luis de Abreu Anderson (Ji-Sung Park, 19)
Paul Scholes
Luis Antonio Valencia
Darron Gibson
Dimitar Berbatov (Michael Owen, 78)
Wayne Rooney (Mame Biram Diouf, MB, 78)

West Ham United

Robert Green
Matthew Upson
Jonathan Spector
James Tomkins
Radoslav Kovac
Mark Noble
Julien Faubert
Valon Behrami (Jack Collison, 63)
Luis Guillermo Franco (Ahmed Hossam Mido, 46)
Carlton Cole
Alessandro Diamanti (Kieron Dyer, 75)

Match Report
The day before one Manchester legend celebrates his 70th birthday, another United great provided the virtuoso performance for Sir Alex Ferguson's team as they comfortably beat West Ham United 3-0. While that great United goalscorer Denis Law reaches his milestone birthday tomorrow, Wayne Rooney continued his remarkable season with two more goals. Law still holds the club record of 46 goals in a season, 1963-64, as Rooney took his tally to 27 for the current campaign. Both men have worn the number 10 shirt for United with pride. Rooney may have had an off day at Goodison Park on Saturday, but he was back to his best against the Hammers at Old Trafford. Headed goals were once a rarity for the England star, but his brace against the Londoners both came with his head. Rooney gave United a 38th minute lead. A superb move involving Nemanja Vidic, Ji-Sung Park and Dimitar Berbatov ended with the Bulgarian's gloriously measured cross to Antonio Valencia on the right edge of the West Ham box. Valencia crossed to the far post where the unmarked Rooney stooped to head home from seven yards. Rooney made it 2-0 10 minutes after the interval. Berbatov's clever pass sent Valencia racing down the right and his cross from the edge of the box was headed in by Rooney from seven yards out. Berbatov and Rooney were replaced by Michael Owen and Mame Biram Diouf with 12 minutes left and Owen completed the scoring two minutes later. Paul Scholes' intelligent pass picked out Owen on the left side of the Hammers penalty area and he curled his right-foot shot beyond Robert Green and into the far corner of the net from six yards. United could easily have doubled their lead but a mixture of Green and wasteful finishing kept the score to three. Green was beaten when another Valencia cross found Park 12 yards out and his shot hit the Hammers bar. West Ham came closest to scoring when Alessandro Diamanti's 25-yard shot in the 21st minute took a wicked deflection off Gary Neville's heel and was stopped on the line by United goalkeeper Ben Foster. The result puts United a point behind Premier League leaders Chelsea, having played a game more, and they now turn their attention to Sunday's Carling Cup final against Aston Villa at Wembley.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

Full Time: MAN UTD 3-0 WEST HAM. The hosts move to within one point of Chelsea with a comfortable win that owed much to the brilliance of Wayne Rooney.

89

The champions are playing the clock down as this match fizzles out - Rooney has been the star but plenty of other United players performed well in repsonse to the defeat at Everton.

87

West Ham still haven't won away since the first day of the season - they have played well in parts but lacked the cutting edge of their opponents.

85

Scholes does well to work himself into space inside the West Ham box, but blazes over after doing the hard work.

83

Matthew Upson heads a corner over Foster's crossbar.

82

West Ham were upset that play was allowed to continue in the build-up to that goal, as one of their players was down injured.

80
Goal
 

MAN UTD 3-0 WEST HAM. OWEN wastes no time in making an impression, tucking home his team's third from a Scholes pass.

78
Substitution
 

Sir Alex Ferguson decides to remove Rooney from the action, Mame Biram Diouf the replacement.

78
Substitution
 

The excellent Dimitar Berbatov is replaced by Michael Owen.

75
Yellow Card
 

Berbatov goes down under a challenge from Julien Faubert, who earns a deserved yellow card.

74
Substitution
 

Alessandro Diamanti mskes way for Kieron Dyer.

70

Rooney is on the hunt for his hat-trick, chasing every ball and clearly not expecting to be rested.

68

The Hammers are struggling to make an impact - they have not had the sustained possession they enjoyed in the first half.

66

Diamanti hits a decent shot from 25 yards and Foster gathers via a slight deflection.

64

United are turning on the style in attack - Berbatov flights in a perfect ball for Scholes, who cannot quite finish.

63
Substitution
 

Valon Behrami is replaced by Jack Collison.

60

A warning for United as West Ham break - a Diamanti back heel releases Radoslav Kovac, whose cross should be buried by Carlton Cole.

58

Rooney prodcues something out of nothing to nearly claim his hat-trick, but Julien Faubert clears off the line.

56

Gibson releases Berbatov through the middle, but Jonathan Spector produces a timely challenge.

54
Goal
 

MAN UTD 2-0 WEST HAM. ROONEY scores his 19th goal in his last 19 appearances, again combining with Valencia to head past Green.

51

Rooney wins a corner, but Gibson's delivery is cleared.

49

The hosts have started the second half in the ascendency as West Ham struggle to keep possession.

46

A dramatic start to the second half - Park rattles the crossbar from Valencia's cross.

45
Substitution
 

Ahmed Hossam Mido replaces Luis Guillermo Franco at the break.

Second half
 

The second half starts at Old Trafford.

Half time
 

Half Time: MAN UTD 1-0 WEST HAM. A pretty even 45 minutes, the teams separated by an excellent Red Devils team goal.

45

A short corner comes to nothing and the hosts break quickly, but there is enough Hammers defenders on hand to remove the danger.

44

West Ham have a corner as three minutes of first half injury time is announced.

42

Rooney produces a stunning dipping volley that nearly flies into the top corner. He flicked the ball up and swivelled to strike the ball first time. That would have been a challenger for goal of the season.

40

West Ham threaten an immediate reply, but Alessandro Diamanti's pass in the box goes astray.

38
Goal
 

MAN UTD 1-0 WEST HAM. ROONEY breaks the deadlock, finishing off an excellent team move - he heads in a perfect volleyed cross from Valencia.

34

The hosts are gradually gaining control of possession as West Ham's midfield struggles to hold on to the ball.

32

Rooney and Park combine well to release Gibson, but the midfielder's effort is a poor one.

28

West Ham are more than holding their own in this contest, which is still open and threatening to produce goals.

25

The hosts nearly take the lead - Valencia breaks forward onto a clever Berbatov flick and forces a decent save from Green, who gathers Berbatov's deflected effort from the rebound.

22

The game has suddenly turned into an end-to-end affair - Berbatov latches onto a long ball and is about to pull the trigger when Matthew Upson intervenes.

21

Ben Foster flaps at a deflected cross and is relieved to see the ball land on and not over the goal-line.

20

Moments after Rooney nearly finds room for a shot, Valon Behrami shoots wide after a rapid counter-attack. The best chance of the game.

18
Substitution
 

Anderson has picked up a knock and is replaced by Ji-Sung Park.

15

Gianfranco Zola will be happy with his team's start - they are coping well with United's pressure.

13

Carlton Cole tries his luck from distance, but his effort is well off-target.

10

Robert Green hacks a clearance into Dimitar Berbatov, but the United forward is penalised for handball. A lucky escape for the West Ham keeper.

8

The home side are building pressure with some good passing, but they can't unlock the Hammers' defence.

5

West Ham enjoy their first spell of possession, but Carlton Cole is beaten to a cross by Nemanja Vidic.

2

Luis Antonio Valencia is making a lively start, winning a free-kick from Jonathan Spector.

1
Kickoff
 

Referee Alan Wiley gets play underway.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

The hosts have won their last four league meetings with West Ham, having lost the previous three.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Gianfranco Zola makes only one change from the team that beat Hull on Saturday, Mark Noble coming in for Scott Parker.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Stung by Saturday's defeat at Everton, Sir Alex Ferguson brings in Ben Foster, Nemanja Vidic, Paul Scholes, Darron Gibson and Anderson. Rio Ferdinand does not return.