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Kevin Nolan takes a shot. Blocked by Chris Smalling.
Phil Jones takes a shot. James Collins gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Ashley Young, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Michael Carrick goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Winston Reid on Jonny Evans. Phil Jones takes the free kick.
Modibo Maiga delivers the ball, clearance by Chris Smalling.
Modibo Maiga produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.
Ashley Young fouled by Guy Demel, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Ashley Young.
The referee gives a free kick against James Collins for handball. Robin van Persie restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Winston Reid by Oliveira Anderson. James Collins produces a cross, Carlton Cole takes a shot. Anders Lindegaard makes a save. Modibo Maiga is caught offside. Phil Jones joins the action as a substitute, replacing Oliveira Anderson. Direct free kick taken by Anders Lindegaard.
Matthew Taylor takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Robin van Persie.
Guy Demel produces a cross, clearance by Danny Welbeck.
Michael Carrick concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary O'Neil. Danny Welbeck on for Wayne Rooney. James Collins takes the free kick. Booking for Michael Carrick.
Javier Hernandez takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Carlton Cole gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonny Evans. Gary O'Neil comes on in place of Mohamed Diame. Jonny Evans takes the direct free kick.
Robin van Persie takes a shot. Guy Demel gets a block in. Wayne Rooney takes a inswinging corner.
Oliveira Anderson takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Centre by Ashley Young, clearance by Joey O'Brien.
Kevin Nolan sends in a cross, Matthew Taylor has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.
Shot on goal by Wayne Rooney from just inside the area clears the crossbar. Matthew Jarvis leaves the field to be replaced by Modibo Maiga.
Javier Hernandez produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Unfair challenge on Guy Demel by Oliveira Anderson results in a free kick. (Man Utd) makes a substitution, with Ashley Young coming on for Tom Cleverley. Matthew Taylor crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Centre by Matthew Jarvis.
(West Ham) makes a substitution, with Carlton Cole coming on for Andy Carroll.
Chris Smalling takes a shot. Clearance made by Kevin Nolan.
Corner taken by Robin van Persie from the right by-line played to the near post.
Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Michael Carrick has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the goal.
James Tomkins delivers the ball. Andy Carroll is penalised for a handball. Anders Lindegaard takes the direct free kick.
Foul by Joey O'Brien on Robin van Persie, free kick awarded. Strike comes in from Robin van Persie from the free kick, save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Shot by Wayne Rooney from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.
Tom Cleverley takes a shot. James Collins gets a block in.
The ball is crossed by Patrice Evra. Wayne Rooney sends in a cross, clearance made by James Collins.
Matthew Jarvis produces a cross.
Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Blocked by Winston Reid. Tom Cleverley produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
Guy Demel delivers the ball.
Jonny Evans challenges Andy Carroll unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by James Collins.
Rafael Da Silva is penalised for a handball. Joey O'Brien restarts play with the free kick.
Shot by Wayne Rooney from a long way out goes over the net.
Mohamed Diame takes a shot. Blocked by Chris Smalling. Matthew Taylor takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Javier Hernandez makes a clearance. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Matthew Taylor from the left by-line, Michael Carrick makes a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Javier Hernandez, Robin van Persie takes a shot. Winston Reid gets a block in.
Mohamed Diame gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Oliveira Anderson. Free kick taken by Oliveira Anderson.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Javier Hernandez. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.
Centre by Patrice Evra, clearance by James Collins. Robin van Persie crosses the ball.
The ball is swung over by Patrice Evra.
Effort from just outside the area by Matthew Taylor goes over the bar.
The referee blows for offside. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.
Effort from outside the penalty area by Oliveira Anderson goes wide left of the target.
James Collins concedes a free kick for a foul on Tom Cleverley. Free kick crossed left-footed by Robin van Persie from right channel, Winston Reid makes a clearance.
Javier Hernandez takes a shot. Save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen. Robin van Persie takes a inswinging corner. Robin van Persie sends in a cross, Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save.
The ball is crossed by Rafael Da Silva, blocked by Mohamed Diame. Corner taken left-footed by Robin van Persie, clearance made by James Collins. The ball is swung over by Rafael Da Silva, clearance made by James Collins. Oliveira Anderson takes a shot. Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save.
Shot from inside the area by Andy Carroll clears the bar.
Michael Carrick challenges James Tomkins unfairly and gives away a free kick. James Collins restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Matthew Jarvis.
Tom Cleverley delivers the ball.
Corner taken by Matthew Taylor from the left by-line, clearance by Jonny Evans. Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Taylor, save by Anders Lindegaard. The ball is delivered by Matthew Taylor, save by Anders Lindegaard.
Foul by Wayne Rooney on Andy Carroll, free kick awarded. James Collins takes the free kick.
Matthew Jarvis crosses the ball, save by Anders Lindegaard. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wayne Rooney by Mohamed Diame. Direct free kick taken by Anders Lindegaard.
Shot by Javier Hernandez from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
Robin van Persie crosses the ball, clearance made by Guy Demel.
The ball is swung over by Oliveira Anderson, Winston Reid gets a block in.
Robin van Persie is penalised for a handball. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the direct free kick.
Rafael Da Silva challenges Matthew Jarvis unfairly and gives away a free kick. Matthew Taylor sends in a cross, Effort from close range by Kevin Nolan goes wide left of the target.
Oliveira Anderson crosses the ball, James Tomkins makes a clearance.
Foul by Kevin Nolan on Tom Cleverley, free kick awarded. Kevin Nolan goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Shot on goal comes in from Wayne Rooney from the free kick.
James Tomkins gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wayne Rooney. Wayne Rooney takes the free kick.
Effort from the edge of the area by Andy Carroll goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Robin van Persie finds the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Man Utd 1-0 West Ham.Assist on the goal came from Michael Carrick.
Rooney: Carroll can be a handful
Wayne Rooney has urged Manchester United to pay special attention to Andy Carroll on Wednesday night.
Carroll is bound to get a frosty reception from the Old Trafford faithful when West Ham travel north. As a Liverpool player with an enormous price tag, it is hard to imagine the United fans will not single him out.
However, after working alongside the 23-year-old at close quarters during Euro 2012, Rooney knows the reality of Carroll's performances is nowhere near the perception many have of him.
The burly forward will travel north with confidence high following his first goal of the season at Tottenham on Sunday. And Rooney has warned his United team-mates to be on their guard.
"Andy Carroll is a handful," said the striker. "I am sure if you ask any defender, they find it difficult to play against someone like that who is good in the air and on the floor.
"He is physical and makes it hard for opponents. That type of player doesn't always get all the goals but they can cause trouble up front and create problems.
"I am sure that is what Sam Allardyce wants him to do."
Paul Scholes will miss the match. The veteran midfielder is suspended after picking up his fifth booking of the season at the weekend and his place goes to Anderson, who impressed as a second-half substitute against QPR.
Antonio Valencia (hip) has an outside chance of being fit for the leaders.
Allardyce thinks the Red Devils are not the impenetrable defensive unit they once were.
Although Sir Alex Ferguson's team have seamlessly climbed above Manchester City and Chelsea to reach the summit in recent weeks, the Scot has regularly bemoaned the standard of his team's defending this season.
United have conceded just short of 29 goals per season over the last five years, but they have already conceded 19 this term after just 13 matches thanks to a mixture of injuries to key players and sloppy errors by those who have featured.
Allardyce, whose side lost 3-1 at Spurs on Sunday, admits West Ham will face a big task if they are to win, but he takes comfort from the fact that the days of regular shut-outs at Old Trafford are now rare.
"Manchester United have leaked a few more goals than normal," Allardyce said.
"Their defensive qualities haven't been as good as they have been over the past few years.
"The problem is at the other end they never stop scoring goals, but if we can get our defensive unit on song and if we play as a team in and out of possession then you never know what will happen."
Midfielder Mark Noble is suspended after accumulating five yellow cards.
Left-back George McCartney is a doubt after suffering an ankle injury against Tottenham and midfielder Yossi Benayoun is still not available as he looks to overcome a thigh problem.
Midfielder Jack Collison (knee) and forward Ricardo Vaz Te (shoulder) are also ruled out.
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