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The official flags Dimitar Berbatov offside. Robert Green takes the indirect free kick.
Short corner taken by Antonio Valencia.
Close range effort by Frederic Piquionne misses to the right of the goal.
(Man Utd) makes a substitution, with Luis Nani coming on for Wayne Rooney.
Manuel da Costa takes a shot. Chris Smalling gets a block in.
Javier Hernandez gets on the score sheet with a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. West Ham 2-4 Man Utd.Ryan Giggs provided the assist for the goal.
Victor Obinna is brought on as a substitute for Gary O'Neil. Mark Noble leaves the field to be replaced by Robbie Keane.
Effort on goal by Darron Gibson from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.
Wayne Rooney scores a penalty. West Ham 2-3 Man Utd.Handball by Matthew Upson. Assist by Fabio Da Silva.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Ryan Giggs, Manuel da Costa manages to make a clearance.
Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Demba Ba. Ryan Giggs restarts play with the free kick.
A goal is scored by Wayne Rooney from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. West Ham 2-2 Man Utd.The assist for the goal came from Antonio Valencia.
Unfair challenge on Nemanja Vidic by Frederic Piquionne results in a free kick. Nemanja Vidic restarts play with the free kick.
Effort on goal by Wayne Rooney from a long way out goes over the bar.
Antonio Valencia decides to take a short corner.
Carlton Cole goes off and Frederic Piquionne comes on.
Corner taken by Antonio Valencia from the right by-line played to the near post, Michael Carrick produces a right-footed shot from close range which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Darron Gibson takes a shot. Scott Parker gets a block in.
Dimitar Berbatov comes on in place of Ji-Sung Park. A goal is scored by Wayne Rooney from outside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. West Ham 2-1 Man Utd.Foul by Mark Noble on Michael Carrick, free kick awarded.
Gary O'Neil gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ji-Sung Park. Ryan Giggs restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Antonio Valencia on Wayne Bridge. Free kick taken by Robert Green.
Manuel da Costa shown a yellow card. Manuel da Costa challenges Wayne Rooney unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ryan Giggs takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Javier Hernandez on Manuel da Costa. Robert Green restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Antonio Valencia from the left by-line, Matthew Upson makes a clearance.
Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Blocked by Scott Parker.
Scott Parker takes a shot and cleared the crossbar.
Demba Ba fouled by Nemanja Vidic, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Manuel da Costa.
Darron Gibson takes a shot. Thomas Hitzlsperger gets a block in.
Javier Hernandez takes a shot from inside the six-yard box clearing the crossbar.
Wayne Rooney fouled by Manuel da Costa, the ref awards a free kick. Wayne Rooney takes the direct free kick.
Javier Hernandez on for Patrice Evra.
Foul by Carlton Cole on Chris Smalling, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Nemanja Vidic.
Nemanja Vidic is booked. Unfair challenge on Demba Ba by Nemanja Vidic results in a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Thomas Hitzlsperger from the free kick.
Ji-Sung Park fouled by Matthew Upson, the ref awards a free kick. Darron Gibson restarts play with the free kick.
Shot from just outside the box by Antonio Valencia goes over the bar.
Short corner worked by Ryan Giggs.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wayne Bridge by Antonio Valencia. Wayne Bridge takes the free kick.
Shot by Thomas Hitzlsperger from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ji-Sung Park by Scott Parker. Direct free kick taken by Darron Gibson.
Darron Gibson booked for unsporting behaviour. Mark Noble fouled by Darron Gibson, the ref awards a free kick. Robert Green takes the direct free kick.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Ryan Giggs, Chris Smalling has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the goal.
Ji-Sung Park takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.
Inswinging corner taken by Ryan Giggs from the right by-line, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robert Green by Wayne Rooney. Robert Green restarts play with the free kick.
Short corner taken by Ryan Giggs.
Mark Noble scores a penalty. West Ham 2-0 Man Utd.Unfair challenge on Carlton Cole by Nemanja Vidic results in a Penalty. Assist by Carlton Cole.
Unfair challenge on Ji-Sung Park by Thomas Hitzlsperger results in a free kick. Darron Gibson takes the free kick.
The referee penalises Demba Ba for handball. Tomasz Kuszczak takes the direct free kick.
The referee blows for offside against Carlton Cole. Chris Smalling takes the free kick.
Demba Ba takes a shot. Comfortable save by Tomasz Kuszczak.
Darron Gibson takes a shot.
Corner taken left-footed by Ryan Giggs, clearance by Manuel da Costa.
Ryan Giggs decides to take the corner short.
Inswinging corner taken by Ryan Giggs from the right by-line.
Mark Noble scores a penalty. West Ham 1-0 Man Utd.Handball decision goes against Patrice Evra. Carlton Cole provided the assist for the goal.
Ryan Giggs takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Manuel da Costa.
Mark Noble challenges Chris Smalling unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Darron Gibson.
Michael Carrick produces a right-footed effort from long distance that goes harmlessly over the bar.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wayne Bridge by Fabio Da Silva. Thomas Hitzlsperger crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, save by Tomasz Kuszczak.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Ryan Giggs from the left by-line, Chris Smalling has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
Inswinging corner taken by Ryan Giggs from the right by-line, Chris Smalling takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.
Hammers clash key - Ferguson
Sir Alex Ferguson believes Manchester United's treble quest could hinge on the outcome of Saturday's visit to West Ham.
Ferguson said earlier this week that emulating the heroes of 1999 would be far harder than completing the initial historic hat-trick was 12 years ago.
Although there are some formidable barriers in the way, including a two-legged Champions League quarter-final with title rivals Chelsea and an eagerly-awaited FA Cup semi-final against neighbours Manchester City, Ferguson's assessment is more to do with the injuries he has to contend with.
Despite a two-week international break, Ferguson is actually worse off defensively than he was for the win over Bolton a fortnight ago.
Whilst the return of skipper Nemanja Vidic is a huge boost, the suspension of Jonny Evans and injury to Wes Brown deny him any selection options.
With Brazilian youngster Fabio virtually certain to slot in at right-back, United head to Upton Park weakened.
It is hardly ideal as the Red Devils visit a ground where they have triumphed on only six of their last 17 visits.
No wonder Ferguson is attaching such significance to the fixture.
"The big one is on Saturday because we are depleted in one area of the pitch," said the United boss.
"With eight games to go, you can't exclude anyone. Whoever is the most consistent will win this league.
"But we should not over-stretch ourselves in terms of looking forward. This game is as important as any."
Ferguson's point became obvious as he reeled off his massive list of injury problems.
On the basis that Jonny Evans will be available for Wednesday's Champions League trip to Stamford Bridge even if United resist the temptation to push Rio Ferdinand back into action two months after he was forced to pull out of the defeat at Wolves with a calf injury, Ferguson will have more bodies in midweek.
By the time his team square up to Fulham at Old Trafford on February 9, the United manager also expects to have Brown and John O'Shea in his squad, in addition to Ferdinand.
"I thought the two-week break would bring a few of them on," said Ferguson.
"It has but not enough for them to play on Saturday.
"We are considerably short for the right-back position. We have to solve that - and find the right solution."
If there is a silver lining this weekend, beyond the return to fitness of Anderson, who has been missing for five weeks with a knee injury, and Park Ji-sung, who has not featured since heading off to Qatar for Asian Cup duty with South Korea, it is that most of his players have been back at Carrington this week.
In part that is due to England boss Fabio Capello, who released Wayne Rooney, amongst others, after the win over Wales in Cardiff last weekend.
West Ham hope to have Scott Parker fit to face United.
The midfielder picked up shoulder and calf injuries on international duty with England and was left on the bench for the midweek draw with Ghana.
However, he is expected to pass a fitness test and rejoin a squad boosted by the return of Frederic Piquionne and Robbie Keane.
Manager Avram Grant believes West Ham have a bright future ahead of them if they can secure Premier League survival this season.
The Hammers endured a difficult start to the campaign as they battled with poor form and a plethora of injuries, but have responded well since the turn of the year.
The change in fortunes has helped propel the Londoners off the foot of the table and out of the relegation zone, although they still sit 17th in the table.
West Ham midfielder Mark Noble argued earlier this week that the squad's talent belies their lowly position and under Grant's tutorship they can reach the Champions League next season.
The former Chelsea and Portsmouth manager laughed off Noble's comments but admitted the future is rosy if they can stave off relegation.
"It is good that players have ambition but first we need to stay in the league," he said.
"As I said when I came here and even when we had difficult times, we have a vision at this club.
"Part of the vision is to be in the top third of the league and I think we can do it, but we need to do it step by step.
"First we need to stay in the league, second we need to analyse what we can do better in the next season.
"One thing I agree with Mark about - without mentioning the Champions League - is that this team is a good team and we can improve. In the next year we can get better and better."
Rooney treble keeps United on track
Wayne Rooney scored a dramatic hat-trick as Manchester United produced another sensational late comeback to beat West Ham 4-2 and edge closer to the Barclays Premier League title.
United appeared certain to open the door for Arsenal and Chelsea when their defence went into meltdown, gifting the Hammers two first-half penalties which Mark Noble duly dispatched.
But the leaders were rewarded for going for broke in the second half, Rooney starting the fightback with just 25 minutes remaining, completing his 14-minute treble from the spot before substitute Javier Hernandez sealed the points.
The result moved United eight points clear ahead of Arsenal and Chelsea before their respective games, while dragging West Ham back into the drop zone on goal difference.
Old Trafford boss Sir Alex Ferguson spent the build-up to the game bemoaning refereeing decisions he claimed had gone against his side this season.
But United got the rub of the green with returning captain Nemanja Vidic lucky to stay on the field when it was still 2-0.
United went into the game having won only four away league games this season and were facing a Hammers side who had won their last three home games in all competitions.
They also thrashed United 4-0 in the Carling Cup in November but that was against a weakened side.
And the visitors showed they were more serious about today's game in the fourth minute when Robert Green was forced to tip over Chris Smalling's header from Ryan Giggs' fourth-minute corner.
United were dominant but fell behind in dramatic fashion in the 10th minute when a long ball from Thomas Hitzlsperger cleared the entire defence to put Carlton Cole clean through.
The striker hesitated and Patrice Evra looked to have recovered but the full-back inexplicably handled the ball and Lee Mason rightly pointed to the spot.
Noble sent Tomasz Kuszczak - in for the injured Edwin van der Sar - the wrong way and Upton Park erupted, but West Ham were immediately on the back foot again, giving United far too much time and space out wide.
A desperate clearance from Manuel da Costa denied Giggs but the Hammers settled and United pressed the self-destruct button again in the 24th minute.
Cole teased Vidic on the edge of the box and the Serbian took the bait, tripping the forward for an obvious foul.
It was tight as to whether the offence took place outside the box but Mason had no doubt and Noble blasted penalty number two into the roof of the net.
The bizarre pattern of the game continued and United looked certain to pull one back just past the half hour, the fit-again Park Ji-sung blasting a left-foot drive too close to Robert Green, who nevertheless pulled off a superb reaction save.
The visitors' frustration boiled over when Darron Gibson was booked for kicking out at Noble.
Hitzlsperger blasted a difficult volley from Gary O'Neil`s cross wide and although the visitors ended the half stronger, Vidic pressed the self-destruct button again when he hauled down Demba Ba three minutes from the break.
The United captain was last man but was spared a red card, with Mason controversially appearing to decide Ba would not have retrieved the loose ball.
Ferguson threw on Hernandez for Evra after the interval, moving Giggs to left-back.
The substitute almost made an instant impression when his improvised flick from Giggs' cross sailed over.
Vidic could easily have earned a second yellow card after tangling again with Ba.
Rooney, who had orchestrated United's good play in the first half began to look lost.
His hesitation soon got him a hefty kick on the ankle from Da Costa, who was rightly yellow carded.
United went for broke in the 64th minute when Dimitar Berbatov replaced Park as they were awarded a free-kick, which saw them finally get back in the game as Rooney curled home from 25 yards.
Cole was replaced by Frederic Piquionne before Green saved from Berbatov from the tightest of angles.
Rooney came to the rescue again when Antonio Valencia's ball found him on the edge of the box and West Ham's defence allowed him to take a touch and fire low across Green.
United were rampant and were awarded a penalty of their own for handball with 12 minutes remaining.
Fabio's skill left Matthew Upson on the deck and when the defender got back up, the full-back kicked the ball against his arm.
While the Hammers opposed the decision Rooney stepped up to complete the most unlikely of hat-tricks.
Gibson should have made it 4-2 before West Ham threw on Victor Obinna and Robbie Keane for O'Neil and Noble.
Smalling survived another handball shout before Hernandez pounced on a piece of terrible defending six minutes from time to turn in Giggs' cross.
Rooney was withdrawn for Nani as United comfortably saw out their latest fightback.
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