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Centre by Pablo Barrera, Chris Smalling gets a block in. Corner taken right-footed by Pablo Barrera to the near post, Header by Frederic Piquionne from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Mark Noble. (West Ham) makes a substitution, with Junior Stanislas coming on for Luis Boa Morte.
Frederic Piquionne produces a drilled right-footed shot from 20 yards. Save by Edwin Van der Sar.
Luis Nani takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Daniel Gabbidon gets a block in. Luis Nani decides to take a short corner.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Mark Noble from the left by-line, John O'Shea makes a clearance.
Pablo Barrera has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
Ryan Giggs takes a shot. Blocked by Matthew Upson. Corner taken short by Ryan Giggs. Ryan Giggs sends in a cross, clearance by Carlton Cole.
Scott Parker produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
The ball is swung over by Ryan Giggs, Matthew Upson manages to make a clearance.
John O'Shea delivers the ball, Luis Boa Morte makes a clearance.
Kieron Dyer leaves the field to be replaced by Frederic Piquionne.
The referee blows for offside. Edwin Van der Sar takes the direct free kick. Chris Smalling replaces Jonathan Evans. Michael Owen is brought on as a substitute for Dimitar Berbatov. Paul Scholes goes off and Michael Carrick comes on.
Carlton Cole concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonathan Evans. Edwin Van der Sar takes the direct free kick.
Centre by Darren Fletcher.
The ball is sent over by Luis Nani, clearance by Daniel Gabbidon.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Dimitar Berbatov. Robert Green restarts play with the free kick.
Booking for Dimitar Berbatov for unsporting behaviour.
The ball is crossed by Luis Nani, Dimitar Berbatov fires in a goal from inside the six-yard box high into the middle of the goal. Man Utd 3-0 West Ham.Assist by Luis Nani.
The ball is crossed by John O'Shea.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John O'Shea by Herita Ilunga. Ryan Giggs shoots direct from the free kick.
Ryan Giggs delivers the ball, Jonathan Spector gets a block in. Corner taken by Luis Nani.
Patrice Evra produces a cross.
Paul Scholes takes a shot from 20 yards. Save made by Robert Green.
Centre by Patrice Evra.
Pablo Barrera replaces Julien Faubert.
Luis Nani fouled by Luis Boa Morte, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by John O'Shea.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Spector by Patrice Evra. Jonathan Spector takes the direct free kick.
Matthew Upson challenges Wayne Rooney unfairly and gives away a free kick. Matthew Upson booked for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by John O'Shea.
Effort from the edge of the box by Luis Nani goes wide of the left-hand post.
Effort from the edge of the penalty area by Kieron Dyer hits the post.
A cross is delivered by Julien Faubert.
Unfair challenge on Scott Parker by Dimitar Berbatov results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Scott Parker.
A goal is scored by Luis Nani from the edge of the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Man Utd 2-0 West Ham.The assist for the goal came from Wayne Rooney.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Spector by Ryan Giggs. Direct free kick taken by Robert Green.
Shot from inside the area by Luis Nani clears the bar.
Patrice Evra crosses the ball, clearance made by Matthew Upson.
The ball is sent over by Luis Nani, clearance by Matthew Upson.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Julien Faubert. Jonathan Evans takes the indirect free kick.
The ball is delivered by Ryan Giggs, Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot. Herita Ilunga gets a block in. Shot by Dimitar Berbatov from deep inside the six-yard box clear the bar.
The ball is sent over by Ryan Giggs, Dimitar Berbatov has an effort at goal. Herita Ilunga gets a block in. Dimitar Berbatov produces a right-footed shot from close range that goes over the bar.
The ball is swung over by Julien Faubert, Nemanja Vidic manages to make a clearance.
Centre by Luis Nani.
Ryan Giggs sends in a cross, clearance made by Jonathan Spector. Darren Fletcher produces a drilled right-footed shot from 20 yards. Robert Green makes a save. Corner taken by Luis Nani from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Carlton Cole.
Effort from 20 yards by Luis Nani. Carlton Cole gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Ryan Giggs played to the near post, Matthew Upson makes a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Luis Nani, Daniel Gabbidon manages to make a clearance. Corner from right by-line taken by Ryan Giggs.
Centre by Luis Nani, Scott Parker gets a block in. Luis Nani decides to take a short corner.
Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Giggs by Jonathan Spector. Placed penalty scored by Wayne Rooney. Man Utd 1-0 West Ham.Assist by Ryan Giggs.
Carlton Cole gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nemanja Vidic. Direct free kick taken by Nemanja Vidic.
Unfair challenge on Luis Boa Morte by Paul Scholes results in a free kick. Robert Green restarts play with the free kick.
Shot from just outside the area by Kieron Dyer misses to the left of the target.
Luis Nani concedes a free kick for a foul on Kieron Dyer. Free kick taken by Robert Green.
Shot from deep inside the area by Luis Nani goes over the bar.
Scott Parker challenges Wayne Rooney unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jonathan Evans restarts play with the free kick.
Shot by Luis Nani from 25 yards. Save by Robert Green.
Mark Noble takes a shot. Blocked by Nemanja Vidic.
Luis Nani produces a cross, save by Robert Green.
Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot. Blocked by Scott Parker. Inswinging corner taken by Ryan Giggs, Carlton Cole makes a clearance.
Matthew Upson challenges Dimitar Berbatov unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Scholes.
Dimitar Berbatov fouled by Matthew Upson, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Scholes takes the direct free kick,
Mark Noble concedes a free kick for a foul on Wayne Rooney. Mark Noble receives a yellow card. Direct free kick taken by Jonathan Evans.
The ball is swung over by Julien Faubert, Patrice Evra makes a clearance.
Kieron Dyer produces a cross, clearance made by Darren Fletcher.
Jonathan Spector concedes a free kick for a foul on Luis Nani. Luis Nani fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
The ball is delivered by John O'Shea.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Darren Fletcher on Scott Parker. Robert Green takes the direct free kick.
Shot from 12 yards by Wayne Rooney. Blocked by Matthew Upson.
Drilled right-footed shot by Wayne Rooney. Robert Green makes a save.
The ball is crossed by Julien Faubert, John O'Shea makes a clearance.
The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Robert Green.
Corner taken by Luis Nani from the left by-line, clearance made by Carlton Cole.
The ball is sent over by Patrice Evra, save by Robert Green.
Julien Faubert concedes a free kick for a foul on Patrice Evra. Free kick taken by Patrice Evra.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Carlton Cole. Free kick taken by Nemanja Vidic.
The referee starts the match.
The ref blows to end the first period.
The match restarts for the second half.
The final whistle goes and the game is over.
Rooney set for return
Wayne Rooney is set to return for Manchester United in their Barclays Premier League encounter with West Ham at Old Trafford.
Rooney, who has not scored since March, missed Sunday's draw at Fulham with a virus but has trained all week and is virtually certain to make Sir Alex Ferguson's starting line-up.
Rio Ferdinand and Anderson are both nearing a return to first-team duties after respective knee ligament injuries, although neither will be considered to face Avram Grant's men.
And Ferguson admits selecting his teams is becoming a problem again,
"Everyone is fit, although when you get everyone fit at this club it is a nightmare because you have 24 players all reporting and I can only pick 11," he shrugged.
"It is totally unfair. We should be allowed to pick 16 at least."
Ferdinand is not one of those under consideration to face the Hammers, although the 31-year-old has made startling progress since his manager claimed it would be the end of September before he would be available after the freak training ground injury he suffered in a collision with Emile Heskey on England's first day of World Cup training.
As United do have a Manchester Senior Cup tie against Oldham next Wednesday, an opportunity for Ferdinand to begin his comeback from that knee ligament injury is available.
With matches against Everton, Rangers and Liverpool to follow immediately after the international break, the central defender would be a useful man to have around, as would Anderson, who made a reserve team appearance in midweek after completing his recovery from the cruciate knee ligament injury he suffered in February.
However, in both cases, Ferguson is wary of expecting too much too quickly.
"You need to be aware of knee ligament injuries," he said.
"At the moment everything is OK with Rio and it is the same with Anderson. But he has been out for a long time. You have to monitor his progress a lot more carefully."
West Ham are waiting to discover whether they can include new signing Victor Obinna in their squad.
England internationals Carlton Cole, Robert Green and Kieron Dyer are all set to return after being rested for the Carling Cup win over Oxford.
Manager Avram Grant is hopeful Matthew Upson will also be fit after he suffered a blow to the face in the 3-1 defeat to Bolton, though he also has Tal Ben Haim and Manuel Da Costa pushing for selection at the back.
Midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger remains out with a thigh injury.
Grant insisted the struggling Hammers cannot afford to enter the clash with any form of apprehension.
"It will not be an easy fixture, especially for us because we are trying to get everything more organised and we are only at the beginning of a process - but I don't think Manchester United will have an easy life tomorrow.
"I see the players in training every day and I'm confident we can do something.
"Manchester United are a good team and they have top players. Not only Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez but also Dimitar Berbatov and Paul Scholes, who I think becomes younger every year.
"They are the best players, for the moment, in England.
"But I believe in football anything can happen. In football you need to think like this. I think we showed in the past that anything can happen.
"One thing I don't want is for us to give up before the game, nor in the game."
Rooney ends goal drought
Wayne Rooney ended his five-month wait for a goal as he set Manchester United on their way to a comfortable 3-0 Barclays Premier League win over West Ham.
Rooney's 33rd-minute penalty after Jonathan Spector had fouled Ryan Giggs will hardly enter his personal haul of fame, but it ends the talk of his scoring drought and should go some way to easing the 24-year-old back to top form after a slow start to the season.
Second-half efforts from Nani and Dimitar Berbatov, who took his tally to three in four games, sealed victory to keep United in touch with early pace-setters Chelsea.
But for West Ham, the international break only provides further opportunity to worry. Without a point under Avram Grant's stewardship and unconvincing in Carling Cup triumph against lowly Oxford at Upton Park on Tuesday, the Hammers are now bottom of the table and facing a fight to preserve their top-flight status.
Fabio Capello's whistle-stop tour of the north-west had taken him to Blackburn and Blackpool. It probably brought a black mood as well when he discovered Frank Lampard would miss the Euro 2012 double-header against Bulgaria and Switzerland.
Whether that news is going to trigger another attempt to lure Paul Scholes out of international retirement remains to be seen.
Capello is not the only one to admire the 35-year-old who, by this season's standards, had one of his quieter games, even if his passing remains sublime.
Indeed, Scott Parker, a man many felt was unlucky not to get the World Cup call last summer, possibly just edged their personal midfield duel.
The problem for West Ham was that Parker was one of only two Hammers to impress.
It could not be lost on Capello that Robert Green was the other. The two men will forever be united in ignominy for the debacle in South Africa, triggered as it was by the keeper's howler against the United States in Rustenburg that cost England their flying start.
Yet there was a reason Capello trusted Green in the first place, and his excellent save to deny Nani proved it, even if Green required the additional help of his crossbar after the United winger had latched onto Dimitar Berbatov's lay-off and let fly from 20 yards.
It was the best of a number of Nani chances, one of which should have provided United with some half-time daylight.
Darren Fletcher was a similar distance out when he belted a right-footed drive that was destined for the top corner before Green pushed it away.
Capello could only wistfully wonder what might have been. At least he did have the certain knowledge that his top striker no longer has to worry about how long it is since he last scored.
Thirteen matches for club and country had passed since Rooney put United ahead in their Champions League quarter-final against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena on March 30.
That drought has been a popular debating point outside Old Trafford but Rooney kept any anxiety he might have been feeling well hidden as he strode up to take the penalty after Spector had been beaten by Giggs and then made a clumsy attempt to retrieve the situation.
Rooney had the confidence to engage in a bit of kidology with Green before sending his international team-mate the wrong way, the celebrations somewhat subdued to say the least.
Tossing away those points at Fulham will gnaw away at Ferguson for some time.
Any fear of a repeat was dispelled within five minutes of the restart when Nani, one of the chief culprits on that occasion, profited from some excellent approach work from Scholes and Rooney, dumped Danny Gabbidon on his backside, then beat Green with ease.
Given West Ham's almost complete inability to create anything of their own, it was effectively game over.
Kieron Dyer wasted a decent chance when he fired into the side-netting but on this evidence it looks like being a bleak winter for the Londoners, especially if they fall victim to a late attempt to prise Parker away.
United duly collected a third when Berbatov propelled a perfectly-executed airborne volley beyond Green after Nani had charged into the box and clipped a cross to the far post.
The goal heralded a triple substitution by Ferguson, which included a debut for Chris Smalling and standing ovation for Scholes.
With at least two members of his coaching team and FA technical director Sir Trevor Brooking all present, it was tempting to wonder if Capello was thinking of a kidnap attempt.
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