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West Ham   0 - 4   Man Utd

Paul Scholes
A delightful strike may force Scholes to rethink his future at Old Trafford

By Mark Ashenden

Injury-hit Manchester United ran riot in the second half to see off West Ham and keep the pressure on Chelsea.

A sloppy Ryan Giggs backpass almost let in Jack Collison before Paul Scholes hammered in the first on half-time.

Giggs set up Darron Gibson to smash home a thunderous second goal before Alessandro Diamanti went close.

Wayne Rooney and Anderson linked up well for Antonio Valencia to score a third, and Valencia then crossed in for Rooney to add to the Hammers misery.

Despite collecting three points Sir Alex Ferguson will be concerned with an injury list now totalling eight first-team defenders after Wes Brown and Gary Neville both picked up knocks.

Carrick happy to help out defence

After a lacklustre opening from both teams with Darren Fletcher starting at right-back, the Red Devils were grateful for their eventual lead as Giggs and Michael Carrick were forced to finish the match at the back.

Both Fletcher and Carrick are likely to continue their makeshift defensive roles in the final Champions League qualifier at Wolfsburg on Tuesday from which United need a top point to win Group B.

Considering there had been more goals at Upton Park than at any other Premier League ground this season, the first half was a relatively subdued affair between two sides desperate for three points at opposite ends of the table.

It was Giggs, so outstanding in recent games, who surprisingly created the first chance for the opposition.

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A poor backpass from the Welsh veteran opened the door for Zavon Hines to cross from the left for Collison at the back post, but Giggs made amends by battling back to make a last-ditch tackle.

Hines, in for the injured Carlton Cole, spent much of the first half menacing the unfamiliar defence which included Fletcher because of Nemanja Vidic's illness.

Injuries and players in unusual positions were all set to dominate the talk at the interval until Scholes picked up the ball on the edge of the box with the last kick of the half.

The 35-year-old, who revealed this week his Old Trafford career may be in its final phase, chested down a cleared Danny Gabbidon header around Radoslav Kovac and blasted in brilliantly with his left foot from the edge of the box.

The former England midfielder's 99th Premier League goal was a dazzling and unexpected way to conclude what was largely a disappointing 45 minutes of football.

Green illness not to blame for loss - Zola

West Ham were forced to bring on Diamanti for the injured Hines up front, but it was not long before his defence was undone for the second time.

Giggs combined with Rooney and burst forward with a typical counter-attack and set up Gibson on the edge of the box to score his third belter of the week after his brace in the Carling Cup against Tottenham.

Diamanti almost pulled one back with a curling free-kick but the alert Tomasz Kuszczak palmed the ball to safety.

West Ham were being overpowered by this stage and Rooney and Anderson worked brilliantly together on the left to leave Valencia to tap in United's third.

Valencia then turned provider and crossed in from the right for Rooney to make no mistake from six yards moments later.

It was a clinical showing from United and the result means West Ham remain too close to the bottom three for comfort.


Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson:
"It's always a hard place to come to. Scholes's strike was a great goal to get at an important time. He's capable of scoring outside the box. It was a wonderful hit."

West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola:
"The first goal changed the story of the game. We were defending well and they didn't create much.

"We have no complaints - our players gave everything. When you play the Champions it's always difficult and if you give them something they will exploit it. The second goal killed us."

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Saturday, 5 December 2009

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
West Ham 0-4 Man Utd FT
(HT 0-1)
    • Scholes 45+1
    • Gibson 61
    • Valencia 71
    • Rooney 72

    West Ham

    Substitutes

    Man Utd

    Substitutes

    Ref: WaltonAtt: 34,980
    WEST HAM
    MAN UTD

    Possession

    • West Ham 41%
    • Man Utd 59%

    Attempts on target

    • West Ham 7
    • Man Utd 11

    Attempts off target

    • West Ham 4
    • Man Utd 7

    Corners

    • West Ham 2
    • Man Utd 8

    Fouls

    • West Ham 8
    • Man Utd 16
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:27 The referee signals the end of the game.
    • 90:00+3:11 Alessandro Diamanti takes a shot. Tomasz Kuszczak makes a save.
    • 90:00+0:21 Alessandro Diamanti takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Ryan Giggs makes a clearance.
    • 90:00+0:09 Alessandro Diamanti takes a shot. Blocked by Patrice Evra.
    • 86:55 Unfair challenge on Herita Ilunga by Antonio Valencia results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Herita Ilunga.
    • 86:22 Guillermo Franco has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide left of the target.
    • 83:05 Ryan Giggs gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Spector. Direct free kick taken by Peter Kurucz.
    • 79:55 Alessandro Diamanti has an effort direct from the free kick, Jonathan Spector gets a block in.
    • 79:55 Booking Paul Scholes goes into the referee's book.
    • 79:51 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alessandro Diamanti by Paul Scholes.
    • 79:15 Patrice Evra challenges Alessandro Diamanti unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jonathan Spector takes the direct free kick.
    • 77:08 Ryan Giggs challenges Jonathan Spector unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by James Tomkins.
    • 76:18 Effort from close range by Junior Stanislas goes wide left of the target.
    • 75:29 Dimitar Berbatov challenges Jonathan Spector unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jack Collison takes the direct free kick.
    • 74:07 Junior Stanislas is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Tomasz Kuszczak.
    • 72:22 Substitution Peter Kurucz replaces Robert Green.
    • 71:56 Substitution Michael Owen is brought on as a substitute for Wayne Rooney.
    • 71:09 Antonio Valencia provided the assist for the goal.
    • 71:09 GOAL - Wayne RooneyWest Ham 0 - 4 Man Utd A goal is scored by Wayne Rooney from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. West Ham 0-4 Man Utd.
    • 70:02 Assist on the goal came from Oliveira Anderson.
    • 70:02 GOAL - Antonio ValenciaWest Ham 0 - 3 Man Utd Goal scored by Antonio Valencia from close in low into the middle of the goal. West Ham 0-3 Man Utd.
    • 67:55 Close range effort by Patrice Evra misses to the right of the goal.
    • 66:17 Tomasz Kuszczak restarts play with the free kick.
    • 66:17 Substitution Darron Gibson goes off and Dimitar Berbatov comes on.
    • 66:17 Substitution Radoslav Kovac goes off and Kieron Dyer comes on.
    • 66:17 The assistant referee signals for offside against Guillermo Franco.
    • 63:14 Jonathan Spector takes a shot. Darron Gibson gets a block in.
    • 62:49 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Alessandro Diamanti from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Ryan Giggs.
    • 61:52 Unfair challenge on Alessandro Diamanti by Oliveira Anderson results in a free kick. Alessandro Diamanti fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save made by Tomasz Kuszczak.
    • 60:54 The assist for the goal came from Ryan Giggs.
    • 60:54 GOAL - Darron GibsonWest Ham 0 - 2 Man Utd Darron Gibson fires in a goal from a long way out high into the middle of the goal. West Ham 0-2 Man Utd.
    • 58:39 Alessandro Diamanti concedes a free kick for a foul on Oliveira Anderson. Direct free kick taken by Wes Brown.
    • 57:47 Free kick awarded for a foul by Oliveira Anderson on Alessandro Diamanti. Shot comes in from Alessandro Diamanti from the free kick.
    • 57:34 Free kick awarded for a foul by Antonio Valencia on Radoslav Kovac. Radoslav Kovac restarts play with the free kick.
    • 55:57 Guillermo Franco fouled by Darren Fletcher, the ref awards a free kick. A cross is delivered by Alessandro Diamanti, James Tomkins takes a shot. Comfortable save by Tomasz Kuszczak.
    • 53:50 Ryan Giggs takes a shot. Robert Green makes a save.
    • 52:32 Corner taken by Ryan Giggs from the right by-line, Jonathan Spector manages to make a clearance.
    • 49:33 Guillermo Franco gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Scholes. Darren Fletcher restarts play with the free kick.
    • 49:02 Wayne Rooney produces a left-footed shot from close range that goes over the bar.
    • 48:36 The referee blows for offside against Junior Stanislas. Michael Carrick takes the direct free kick.
    • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
    • 45:01 Substitution Alessandro Diamanti replaces Zavon Hines.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:42 The referee blows for half time.
    • 45:00+0:39 GOAL - Paul ScholesWest Ham 0 - 1 Man Utd Paul Scholes finds the net with a goal from just outside the area to the top left corner of the goal. West Ham 0-1 Man Utd.
    • 44:19 Unfair challenge on Guillermo Franco by Antonio Valencia results in a free kick. Scott Parker takes the direct free kick.
    • 42:22 Shot from long distance by Darron Gibson goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 40:37 Foul by Jack Collison on Ryan Giggs, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Giggs.
    • 40:00 Header on goal by Ryan Giggs from just inside the area goes over the goal.
    • 39:20 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Darren Fletcher by Junior Stanislas. Tomasz Kuszczak restarts play with the free kick.
    • 37:31 Foul by Oliveira Anderson on Jonathan Spector, free kick awarded. Jack Collison takes the direct free kick.
    • 34:46 The assistant referee flags for offside against Antonio Valencia. Robert Green takes the indirect free kick.
    • 34:29 Antonio Valencia delivers the ball.
    • 33:01 Substitution (Man Utd) makes a substitution, with Michael Carrick coming on for Gary Neville.
    • 30:51 Darron Gibson has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the goal.
    • 30:36 Corner taken by Wayne Rooney, clearance made by Radoslav Kovac.
    • 30:16 Paul Scholes takes a shot. Radoslav Kovac gets a block in.
    • 29:56 Short corner worked by Ryan Giggs.
    • 28:27 Paul Scholes concedes a free kick for a foul on Radoslav Kovac. Scott Parker takes the direct free kick.
    • 27:26 Wes Brown challenges Zavon Hines unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Junior Stanislas from right wing.
    • 25:46 Junior Stanislas takes a shot. Blocked by Gary Neville.
    • 23:39 Foul by Gary Neville on Guillermo Franco, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by James Tomkins.
    • 22:50 Shot by Wayne Rooney cleared the crossbar.
    • 19:56 The assistant referee signals for offside against Ryan Giggs. Robert Green restarts play with the free kick.
    • 19:32 Paul Scholes takes a shot. Blocked by James Tomkins.
    • 19:06 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Ryan Giggs, clearance made by Radoslav Kovac.
    • 18:23 Ryan Giggs takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Radoslav Kovac.
    • 18:02 Foul by Zavon Hines on Paul Scholes, free kick awarded. Paul Scholes takes the free kick.
    • 17:31 Oliveira Anderson takes a shot. James Tomkins gets a block in.
    • 17:18 Ryan Giggs decides to take the corner short.
    • 16:31 Corner taken by Ryan Giggs from the left by-line, Darron Gibson takes a shot. Blocked by Radoslav Kovac.
    • 16:20 Ryan Giggs takes a shot. Jack Collison gets a block in.
    • 12:57 Ryan Giggs fouled by Radoslav Kovac, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Giggs.
    • 11:01 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Ryan Giggs from the left by-line to the near post, Close range header by Antonio Valencia goes over the crossbar.
    • 9:20 Effort from the edge of the box by Zavon Hines goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 5:51 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Antonio Valencia by Herita Ilunga. Shot on goal comes in from Ryan Giggs from the free kick, blocked by Guillermo Franco.
    • 5:02 Handball decision goes against Guillermo Franco. Gary Neville takes the direct free kick.
    • 4:43 Foul by Gary Neville on Zavon Hines, free kick awarded. Herita Ilunga takes the free kick.
    • 2:34 Gary Neville fouled by Zavon Hines, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Wes Brown.
    • 0:00 The game gets underway.

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