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  • Date:30 Nov 2010
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:Upton Park
  • Spector (21) Spector (36)
    Cole (55) Cole (65)
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92:06 +2.06

Ryan Giggs takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Julien Faubert makes a clearance.

89:16

Winston Reid goes into the referee's book. Winston Reid gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Federico Macheda. Ryan Giggs crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing.

88:34

Junior Stanislas comes on in place of Carlton Cole. Free kick awarded for a foul by Rafael Da Silva on Carlton Cole. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Victor Obinna.

86:05

Corner taken by Ryan Giggs, clearance by Radoslav Kovac.

85:21

Darren Fletcher fouled by Luis Boa Morte, the ref awards a free kick. Oliveira Anderson restarts play with the free kick.

83:09

Radoslav Kovac concedes a free kick for a foul on Oliveira Anderson. The ball is sent over by Ryan Giggs, Header by Javier Hernandez from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

80:37

Ryan Giggs concedes a free kick for a foul on Zavon Hines. Direct free kick taken by Victor Obinna. Carlton Cole is ruled offside. Tomasz Kuszczak restarts play with the free kick.

78:03

Unfair challenge on Luis Boa Morte by Rafael Da Silva results in a free kick. Victor Obinna fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

76:46

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Giggs by Jonathan Spector. Ryan Giggs crosses the ball in from the free kick, Carlton Cole makes a clearance. The referee blows for offside. Robert Green restarts play with the free kick.

75:46

Pablo Barrera leaves the field to be replaced by Zavon Hines.

75:29

Rafael Da Silva produces a cross, Matthew Upson makes a clearance.

74:25

Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Smalling on Carlton Cole. Radoslav Kovac takes the free kick.

73:32

Winston Reid on for James Tomkins. Effort on goal by Javier Hernandez from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

71:54

Wes Brown on for Jonathan Evans.

69:19

Luis Boa Morte challenges Javier Hernandez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shot on goal comes in from Ryan Giggs from the free kick, blocked by Radoslav Kovac.

65:57

Goal scored by Carlton Cole from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. West Ham 4-0 Man Utd.Assist by Victor Obinna.

64:07

Rafael Da Silva joins the action as a substitute, replacing Fabio Da Silva. Javier Hernandez is caught offside. Free kick taken by Robert Green.

60:05

The ball is crossed by John O'Shea, Julien Faubert gets a block in. Corner taken left-footed by Ryan Giggs, clearance made by Radoslav Kovac. Inswinging corner taken by Ryan Giggs.

59:25

Ryan Giggs gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Pablo Barrera. Free kick crossed right-footed by Julien Faubert, Tomasz Kuszczak makes a save.

58:57

Gabriel Obertan concedes a free kick for a foul on Luis Boa Morte. Tal Ben-Haim takes the direct free kick.

58:38

Foul by Fabio Da Silva on Luis Boa Morte, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Tal Ben-Haim.

55:12

Carlton Cole grabs a headed goal from close in. West Ham 3-0 Man Utd.Assist on the goal came from Victor Obinna.

54:52

Foul by Fabio Da Silva on Luis Boa Morte, free kick awarded. Tal Ben-Haim restarts play with the free kick.

52:26

Foul by Victor Obinna on Chris Smalling, free kick awarded. Jonathan Evans restarts play with the free kick.

51:39

The assistant referee flags for offside against Carlton Cole. Jonathan Evans takes the free kick.

51:05

Shot from just outside the area by Darren Fletcher goes over the bar.

50:36

Inswinging corner taken by Ryan Giggs, clearance by Radoslav Kovac.

49:53

The ball is sent over by Fabio Da Silva, Pablo Barrera manages to make a clearance.

49:11

Fabio Da Silva produces a cross, James Tomkins makes a clearance.

46:32 +1.32

Effort from inside the area by Tiago Bebe misses to the right of the goal.

45:16

Oliveira Anderson fouled by Jonathan Spector, the ref awards a free kick. Oliveira Anderson takes the direct free kick.

45:01

Tiago Bebe goes off and Federico Macheda comes on.

42:46

A cross is delivered by Fabio Da Silva, Robert Green makes a save.

41:37

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Fabio Da Silva by Luis Boa Morte. Free kick crossed left-footed by Ryan Giggs, clearance by Carlton Cole. Corner taken short by Ryan Giggs.

41:06

Victor Obinna takes a shot. Save made by Tomasz Kuszczak.

40:42

The assistant referee flags for offside against Javier Hernandez. Indirect free kick taken by Robert Green.

40:22

John O'Shea crosses the ball, Robert Green makes a comfortable save.

38:38

Jonathan Evans fouled by Carlton Cole, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Chris Smalling.

38:11

The ball is swung over by Javier Hernandez, Tiago Bebe takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.

36:45

A goal is scored by Jonathan Spector from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. West Ham 2-0 Man Utd.

34:47

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luis Boa Morte by Fabio Da Silva. Centre by Victor Obinna, Header by James Tomkins from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

33:21

Pablo Barrera decides to take a short corner.

31:50

Ryan Giggs takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.

30:20

Free kick awarded for a foul by Luis Boa Morte on Fabio Da Silva. Free kick taken by John O'Shea.

26:50

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John O'Shea by Carlton Cole. Direct free kick taken by Darren Fletcher.

25:32

Carlton Cole is caught offside. Tomasz Kuszczak takes the free kick.

25:11

Shot by Victor Obinna. Jonathan Evans gets a block in.

24:22

Tiago Bebe takes a shot.

22:58

Corner taken by Ryan Giggs, Carlton Cole manages to make a clearance.

21:48

Jonathan Spector finds the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty area. West Ham 1-0 Man Utd.Assist on the goal came from Victor Obinna.

19:53

Unfair challenge on Luis Boa Morte by John O'Shea results in a free kick. Matthew Upson takes the direct free kick.

19:04

Unfair challenge on Javier Hernandez by Matthew Upson results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Oliveira Anderson.

17:10

The offside flag is raised against Carlton Cole. Indirect free kick taken by Tomasz Kuszczak.

14:54

Javier Hernandez crosses the ball, Robert Green makes a save.

10:36

Effort on goal by Radoslav Kovac from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

8:23

Tiago Bebe takes a shot. Robert Green makes a save.

6:28

Gabriel Obertan produces a drilled right-footed shot from 12 yards. Save by Robert Green.

6:28

Gabriel Obertan takes a shot. Save made by Robert Green.

3:31

Unfair challenge on Jonathan Spector by Javier Hernandez results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Radoslav Kovac.

2:38

Julien Faubert is caught offside. Tomasz Kuszczak takes the indirect free kick.

2:00

Pablo Barrera takes the outswinging corner, Gabriel Obertan makes a clearance.

1:08

Corner taken by Pablo Barrera played to the near post, clearance by Jonathan Evans.

The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

The referee blows for half time.

The game restarts for the second half.

The referee ends the match.

Match Preview

West Ham will be without cup-tied defender Lars Jacobsen for the Carling Cup quarter-final against Manchester United.

Midfielder Scott Parker could be rested as Irons boss Avram Grant looks to protect key men from burnout, but Kieron Dyer may return from a hamstring problem.

Mark Noble (hip) is set for another spell on the sidelines having only just returned from an appendix operation, while Manuel Da Costa (ankle), Thomas Hitzlsperger (thigh) and Jack Collison (knee) remain out.

Grant does not believe United can make it all the way through the season without defeat - but warned Sir Alex Ferguson's men have a habit of coming good in the end.

By his own admission, Ferguson believes the Red Devils have yet to play to their full potential, but nevertheless returned to the top of the Barclays Premier League following Saturday's 7-1 demolition of Blackburn at Old Trafford.

United are unbeaten so far, with seven draws and eight wins from 15 league games, and have yet to concede a goal in Europe. Grant went head to head with Ferguson in the 2008 Champions League final, when his Chelsea side were beaten on penalties in Moscow as United added European glory to their domestic title.

The Israeli feels while the Red Devils are a class act, to extend the current unbeaten record through to May is perhaps too big an ask.

"It has happened before with Arsenal, but I don't think it will [again]," said Grant.

"What happened with Arsenal was exceptional. I don't believe there is a team which can last all the season without losing."

The former Portsmouth boss, however, is in no doubt United will be leading the chase for honours again in 2011.

"When I was at Chelsea, Alex [Ferguson] described that season as the best season ever - but even then they did not start so well," Grant said.

"You don't need to be at your best in the first few months, but at the end of the season. Alex is very clever. He does it every year. I can't remember one season when United started with full power."

West Ham have worries at the other end of the table, as they remain bottom despite Saturday's morale-lifting home win over Wigan. However, the Irons boss also knows the importance of the fixture, having reached the last eight with hard-fought victories at Sunderland and against Stoke.

"Many of the players we have in the squad this season have had long-term injuries, so we have to manage them differently," Grant said.

"We are doing all we can so they can play, sometimes we succeed, sometimes not. It is not very often that West Ham comes to a quarter-final of any competition, so we will try to win this game."

Ferguson is expected to make massive changes to his side with Javier Hernandez, Chris Smalling and Wes Brown amongst those who will hope to be involved.

A new goalkeeper is also expected as Edwin van der Sar stands down in favour of either Tomasz Kuszczak or Ben Amos. And Brown is eager to make the most of his opportunities before his advancing years catch up with him.

Now past his 31st birthday and with his present contract due to expire at the end of next season, Brown is not sure how much time he has left at Old Trafford. Given his lack of first-team opportunities in recent times, it could even be that Brown leaves Old Trafford during one of the next two transfer windows.

"I am not getting any younger now and every game I do play I just try to enjoy and do my best for the team," he said.

"You have to give everything for the cause. That is the most important thing for me."

Brown has missed three games since his involvement in a run of six games from seven came to an end following the scrappy display at Aston Villa earlier this month.

He is a Carling Cup ever-present this season, though, skippering United to victory over Wolves in the last round and it would be no surprise he was handed the armband again as Ferguson makes an anticipated large number of changes.

"It has been great to be back playing some games," said Brown.

"I am really enjoying things at the moment. I am training hard and hopefully I will have more opportunities in the coming months."

Formation:442Manager: Avram Grant

West Ham

Formation: 442Manager: Alex Ferguson

Man Utd

  • Robert Green
  • Julien Faubert
  • James Tomkins
  • Matthew Upson
  • Tal Ben-Haim
  • Pablo Barrera
  • Radoslav Kovac
  • Jonathan Spector
  • Luis Boa Morte
  • Carlton Cole
  • Victor Obinna
  • SUBS
  • Ruud Boffin
  • Winston Reid
  • Scott Parker
  • Benni McCarthy
  • Junior Stanislas
  • Zavon Hines
  • Frederic Piquionne

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Match Report

Holders United are hammered West Ham dumped holders Manchester United out of the Carling Cup with a stunning 4-0 victory inspired by Jonathan Spector's first goals in English football. Spector had never scored during his six seasons in the Barclays Premier League but the USA defender struck twice to begin a rout that sent Hammers fans delirious. Further damage was done by Carlton Cole after the interval with the England marksman pouncing twice to bring feeble United crashing back down to earth after their 7-1 drubbing of Blackburn. Spector and Cole were brilliantly supported by Victor Obinna with the Nigerian forward, on loan from Inter Milan, having a hand in each goal. Sir Alex Ferguson made 10 changes to the side that hammered Blackburn last weekend with only Anderson remaining, but the manner of this defeat will still prove difficult to stomach. Experience was supplied by the likes of Ryan Giggs, Darren Fletcher and John O'Shea but they also wilted in the face of West Ham's onslaught. Those who had braved the arctic conditions at a near-sold out Upton Park enjoyed a night of high drama, the benefit of which could be felt in the Hammers' Premier League survival bid. Manager Avram Grant has proved something of a cup specialist but while he will be delighted to see his side through to the semi-finals, he will be just as pleased at having strung together successive victories that could inspire a climb up the table Wigan were dispatched 3-1 last weekend but Grant made six changes with captain Scott Parker on the bench despite suffering from a chest infection. There was little sign of the carnage to come early on when the holders were denied the lead by the woodwork with Robert Green showing lightning reflexes to push Gabriel Obertan's shot on to the post. Anderson expertly picked out Giggs but the Welsh winger's delivery into the box was poor and the ball looped away harmlessly. Controversy reigned in the 16th minute when West Ham scored through Obinna - only to have the goal ruled out for offside. Obinna's shot deflected off Spector and the linesman had made the correct decision, but the Hammers were incensed. Players queued up to demonstrate with referee Mark Clattenburg, who then warned Grant after the Israeli hurled the ball away in disgust after it had gone out of bounds. Any sense of injustice was soon remedied, however, when Spector nodded West Ham ahead. Obinna supplied an exquisite chip that Spector, having crept inside Fletcher, headed into the net. Emboldened by their goal, West Ham attacked with greater conviction but were almost caught by a United counter that ended with a tame header from Obertan. Cole almost got the better of Fabio before James Tomkins angled a corner wide and in the 37th minute the home side's ascendancy was rewarded once more. The hapless Fabio was involved as his attempted block of Obinna's shot instead fell into the path of Spector who blasted home from close range. A header from Bebe was easily saved by Green but most of the action continued to take place at the other end. A dreadful blunder from Green, who until now had looked rock-solid, almost let United in with his clearance hitting the back of Federico Macheda. The ball deflected into the path of Javier Hernandez but reinforcements arrived for the Hammers to clear the danger in the nick of time. United were pouring forward as the expected fightback began in earnest, only to be halted in their tracks in the 55th minute when they were caught on the break. The superb Obinna was the supplier with his inch-perfect cross met by Cole, who headed the ball home. There was still more to come from West Ham, however, as little over 10 minutes later Cole slammed home his second after being set up by Obinna. Zavon Hines had a strong penalty shout rejected by Clattenburg after being shoved in the back by O'Shea, but West Ham had the result wrapped up long ago.

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