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Manchester United 3-0 West Ham

Wayne Rooney
Rooney ended the longest drought of his career when he scored from the spot

By Nabil Hassan

Wayne Rooney scored his first goal since March as Manchester United cruised to victory to remain two points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea.

Rooney converted a 33rd-minute penalty to end a 13-game drought after Jonathan Spector fouled Ryan Giggs.

Nani's cool finish from Rooney's neat pass made it 2-0 while Kieron Dyer hit the post for winless West Ham.

Dimitar Berbatov capped a fine performance by volleying past Robert Green from Nani's chipped cross.

West Ham's defeat left them rooted to the foot of the table and without a point while Manchester United remain third, level with Arsenal.

Man Utd controlled game well - Phelan

The Hammers' task was always going to be difficult, with Avram Grant's side without an away win in the league since the first game of last season.

But Manchester United, who had won 11 of their previous 12 league games at Old Trafford, started sluggishly with Rooney in particular struggling for form.

However, as the half wore on, United's veteran midfield duo of Paul Scholes and Giggs started to impose themselves on the game with Nani - who replaced Antonio Valencia in the starting line-up - also finding space on the right.

The Portuguese winger came closest to breaking the deadlock early on when his fierce 25-yard shot was palmed onto the crossbar by Green.

At the other end Dyer proved a useful outlet for the Hammers, while striker Carlton Cole was only denied a shot on goal by a last-ditch tackle from the superb Nemanja Vidic.

Dyer found the side-netting for the Hammers but Manchester United continued to press for an opening goal and just after the half-hour it came - albeit from the penalty spot.

Scholes found Giggs on the left with trademark vision, and after turning Spector inside out, the Welshman was eventually brought down by the Hammers defender.

It gave Rooney an opportunity to score for the first time since 30 March and the England striker made no mistake, finding the bottom of the net with a low penalty that sent Green the wrong way and brought to an end the longest barren spell of his career.

Soon after, Darren Fletcher saw his curling 25-yard drive superbly tipped round the post by Green as the Red Devils continued to press.

606: DEBATE

The hosts should have gone into the break 2-0 up but Nani wasted a glorious opportunity on the stroke of half-time, lifting the ball over Green but also over the bar from close range after a stunning clipped pass from Giggs.

However, Nani made amends for his miss just after the break, lashing the ball home left-footed from the edge of the area after cutting inside his marker following Rooney's weighted pass.

Rooney himself was denied by a last-ditch Danny Gabbidon tackle before a fine passing move from West Ham saw Dyer crash a fierce shot against the outside of the post.

Scholes then tested Green from the edge of the area after good link-up play from Berbatov as the game started to turn into a procession for the hosts.

United soon increased their lead and having turned provider for Scholes, it was Berbatov's turn to be on the receiving end with Nani's clipped pass to the back post acrobatically volleyed home by the Bulgarian.

Cole and Vidic continued their personal duel with the Serbian defender again coming out on top as another last-ditch tackle denied the England striker a clear sight on goal.

Hammers striker Fredric Piquionne tested keeper Edwin van der Sar late on but the Dutchman was equal to the effort as Manchester United held on to keep their second clean sheet of the season.

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Saturday, 28 August 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Man Utd 3-0 West Ham FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Rooney (pen) 33
  • Nani 50
  • Berbatov 69

    Man Utd

    Substitutes

    West Ham

    Substitutes

    Ref: ClattenburgAtt: 75,061
    MAN UTD
    WEST HAM

    Possession

    • Man Utd 54%
    • West Ham 46%

    Attempts on target

    • Man Utd 11
    • West Ham 2

    Attempts off target

    • Man Utd 7
    • West Ham 5

    Corners

    • Man Utd 9
    • West Ham 3

    Fouls

    • Man Utd 6
    • West Ham 11
    • Final Result
    • 92:38 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+1:26 Pablo Barrera sends in a cross, Chris Smalling gets a block in. Corner taken by Pablo Barrera played to the near post, Headed effort from inside the area by Frederic Piquionne misses to the left of the target.
    • 90:00+1:15 Attacking throw-in by Jonathan Spector (West Ham).
    • 90:00+0:55 Attacking throw-in by Junior Stanislas (West Ham).
    • 90:00 The referee brings the game to a close.
    • 89:59 Substitution Junior Stanislas is brought on as a substitute for Luis Boa Morte.
    • 89:59 Corner taken right-footed by Mark Noble.
    • 88:46 Effort on goal by Frederic Piquionne from 20 yards. Save by Edwin Van der Sar.
    • 88:05 Shot by Luis Nani. Blocked by Daniel Gabbidon. Luis Nani decides to take the corner short.
    • 86:29 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Mark Noble, John O'Shea makes a clearance.
    • 84:23 Shot from just outside the box by Pablo Barrera misses to the right of the target.
    • 83:34 Ryan Giggs takes a shot. Matthew Upson gets a block in. Short corner worked by Ryan Giggs. Ryan Giggs delivers the ball, clearance by Carlton Cole.
    • 81:53 Scott Parker has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.
    • 80:58 Attacking throw-in by Herita Ilunga (West Ham).
    • 79:04 Ryan Giggs crosses the ball, clearance made by Matthew Upson.
    • 77:56 Attacking throw-in by Herita Ilunga (West Ham).
    • 77:38 John O'Shea sends in a cross, clearance by Luis Boa Morte.
    • 75:38 Defending throw-in by Jonathan Spector (West Ham).
    • 74:50 Substitution (West Ham) makes a substitution, with Frederic Piquionne coming on for Kieron Dyer.
    • 74:42 Defending throw-in by Jonathan Spector (West Ham).
    • 72:55 Substitution Michael Carrick joins the action as a substitute, replacing Paul Scholes.
    • 72:55 Substitution Michael Owen replaces Dimitar Berbatov.
    • 72:55 Substitution Jonathan Evans leaves the field to be replaced by Chris Smalling.
    • 72:55 The assistant referee flags for offside against Kieron Dyer. Edwin Van der Sar restarts play with the free kick.
    • 71:29 Unfair challenge on Jonathan Evans by Carlton Cole results in a free kick. Edwin Van der Sar takes the free kick.
    • 70:43 Darren Fletcher sends in a cross.
    • 70:19 Centre by Luis Nani, clearance by Daniel Gabbidon.
    • 70:04 Dimitar Berbatov is caught offside. Robert Green takes the direct free kick.
    • 69:28 Booking The referee cautions Dimitar Berbatov for unsporting behaviour.
    • 68:30 The ball is sent over by Luis Nani,
    • 68:26 The assist for the goal came from Luis Nani.
    • 68:26 GOAL - Dimitar BerbatovMan Utd 3 - 0 West Ham Dimitar Berbatov grabs a goal from inside the six-yard box high into the middle of the goal. Man Utd 3-0 West Ham.
    • 68:10 The ball is swung over by John O'Shea.
    • 67:57 Defending throw-in by Jonathan Spector (West Ham).
    • 66:01 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John O'Shea by Herita Ilunga. Ryan Giggs fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
    • 64:32 A cross is delivered by Ryan Giggs, blocked by Jonathan Spector. Corner taken by Luis Nani.
    • 63:48 The ball is delivered by Patrice Evra.
    • 61:46 Shot by Paul Scholes from 20 yards. Save made by Robert Green.
    • 61:39 Patrice Evra sends in a cross.
    • 60:56 Attacking throw-in by Patrice Evra (Man Utd).
    • 60:56 Substitution (West Ham) makes a substitution, with Pablo Barrera coming on for Julien Faubert.
    • 59:51 Luis Boa Morte concedes a free kick for a foul on Luis Nani. John O'Shea takes the free kick.
    • 58:24 Jonathan Spector fouled by Patrice Evra, the ref awards a free kick. Jonathan Spector takes the free kick.
    • 57:33 John O'Shea restarts play with the free kick.
    • 57:33 Booking Caution for Matthew Upson.
    • 57:28 Unfair challenge on Wayne Rooney by Matthew Upson results in a free kick.
    • 56:39 Luis Nani produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.
    • 55:04 Effort from just inside the penalty area by Kieron Dyer strikes the post.
    • 53:22 Julien Faubert crosses the ball.
    • 51:51 Goal kick taken short by Edwin Van der Sar (Man Utd).
    • 50:04 Dimitar Berbatov challenges Scott Parker unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Scott Parker.
    • 49:09 Wayne Rooney provided the assist for the goal.
    • 49:09 GOAL - Luis NaniMan Utd 2 - 0 West Ham Luis Nani gets on the score sheet with a goal from just inside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Man Utd 2-0 West Ham.
    • 48:21 Attacking throw-in by Herita Ilunga (West Ham).
    • 47:01 Jonathan Spector fouled by Ryan Giggs, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Robert Green.
    • 46:36 Defending throw-in by Jonathan Spector (West Ham).
    • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:33 Defending throw-in by Patrice Evra (Man Utd).
    • 45:00+0:46 Shot from deep inside the area by Luis Nani clears the crossbar.
    • 45:00+0:18 Patrice Evra crosses the ball, clearance by Matthew Upson.
    • 45:00 The first half comes to an end.
    • 44:14 Luis Nani crosses the ball, clearance by Matthew Upson.
    • 43:47 The assistant referee flags for offside against Julien Faubert. Jonathan Evans takes the free kick.
    • Correction - 42:52 The ball is crossed by Ryan Giggs, Shot by Dimitar Berbatov from 12 yards. Herita Ilunga gets a block in. Dimitar Berbatov produces a right-footed shot from close in that goes over the bar.
    • 42:52 The ball is sent over by Ryan Giggs, Dimitar Berbatov takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Herita Ilunga gets a block in. Dimitar Berbatov produces a right-footed shot from close in that clears the bar.
    • 42:23 Julien Faubert produces a cross, clearance by Nemanja Vidic.
    • 41:40 Goal kick taken long by Robert Green (West Ham).
    • 41:24 Attacking throw-in by Ryan Giggs (Man Utd).
    • 41:12 Defending throw-in by Jonathan Spector (West Ham).
    • 41:01 Luis Nani sends in a cross.
    • 40:25 Defending throw-in by Herita Ilunga (West Ham).
    • 39:40 Ryan Giggs delivers the ball, clearance by Jonathan Spector. Shot by Darren Fletcher. Save made by Robert Green. Luis Nani takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Carlton Cole.
    • 39:22 Attacking throw-in by John O'Shea (Man Utd).
    • 38:44 Attacking throw-in by Jonathan Spector (West Ham).
    • 35:02 Effort on goal by Luis Nani from 20 yards. Carlton Cole gets a block in. Corner taken left-footed by Ryan Giggs to the near post, clearance made by Matthew Upson.
    • 34:32 The ball is sent over by Luis Nani, Daniel Gabbidon manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Ryan Giggs.
    • 34:04 Luis Nani delivers the ball, blocked by Scott Parker. Short corner taken by Luis Nani from the right by-line.
    • 32:50 Ryan Giggs provided the assist for the goal.
    • 32:50 GOAL - Wayne RooneyMan Utd 1 - 0 West Ham Penalty taken right-footed by Wayne Rooney and scored. Man Utd 1-0 West Ham.
    • 32:01 Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Giggs by Jonathan Spector.
    • 31:27 Attacking throw-in by Patrice Evra (Man Utd).
    • 31:02 Carlton Cole challenges Nemanja Vidic unfairly and gives away a free kick. Nemanja Vidic takes the direct free kick.
    • 30:26 Paul Scholes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luis Boa Morte. Direct free kick taken by Robert Green.
    • Correction - 29:52 Attacking throw-in by Luis Nani (Man Utd).
    • 29:52 Attacking throw-in by John O'Shea (Man Utd).
    • 27:01 Kieron Dyer has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 26:18 Luis Nani gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kieron Dyer. Robert Green restarts play with the free kick.
    • 24:55 Effort on goal by Luis Nani from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 23:48 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wayne Rooney by Scott Parker. Free kick taken by Jonathan Evans.
    • 23:24 Luis Nani has a drilled shot. Save by Robert Green.
    • 22:52 Mark Noble takes a shot. Nemanja Vidic gets a block in.
    • 20:50 The ball is sent over by Luis Nani, save made by Robert Green.
    • 20:03 Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot. Scott Parker gets a block in. Ryan Giggs takes the inswinging corner, Carlton Cole manages to make a clearance.
    • Correction - 19:44 Dimitar Berbatov fouled by Matthew Upson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Scholes.
    • 19:44 Foul by Matthew Upson on Dimitar Berbatov, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Paul Scholes,
    • 19:16 Jonathan Evans takes the free kick.
    • 19:16 Booking Mark Noble goes into the referee's book.
    • 19:10 Mark Noble gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wayne Rooney.
    • 19:02 The ball is crossed by Julien Faubert, clearance by Patrice Evra.
    • 18:06 Kieron Dyer delivers the ball, Darren Fletcher manages to make a clearance.
    • 15:43 Jonathan Spector concedes a free kick for a foul on Luis Nani. Luis Nani fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
    • 14:58 John O'Shea crosses the ball.
    • 13:28 Unfair challenge on Scott Parker by Darren Fletcher results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Robert Green.
    • 12:58 Shot by Wayne Rooney. Blocked by Matthew Upson.
    • 11:13 Attacking throw-in by Herita Ilunga (West Ham).
    • 10:05 Wayne Rooney has an effort at goal. Robert Green makes a save.
    • 9:36 The ball is crossed by Julien Faubert, clearance by John O'Shea.
    • 8:55 Defending throw-in by Jonathan Spector (West Ham).
    • 7:25 The official flags Dimitar Berbatov offside. Free kick taken by Robert Green.
    • 6:46 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Luis Nani from the left by-line, Carlton Cole manages to make a clearance.
    • 2:46 The ball is sent over by Patrice Evra, Robert Green makes a save.
    • 2:13 Patrice Evra fouled by Julien Faubert, the ref awards a free kick. Patrice Evra takes the direct free kick.
    • 1:27 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Nemanja Vidic.

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    Premier League table snapshot

    As it stood on 28 Aug 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Chelsea 3 14 9
    2 Arsenal 3 7 7
    3 Man Utd 3 6 7
    4 Wolves 3 1 5
    5 Newcastle 3 3 4
    6 Man City 2 3 4
    7 Bolton 2 2 4
    8 Birmingham 2 1 4
    9 Tottenham 3 0 4
    10 Blackpool 3 -2 4
    11 Fulham 3 0 3
    12 Blackburn 3 -1 3
    13 Aston Villa 2 -3 3
    14 West Brom 2 -5 3
    15 Wigan 3 -9 3
    16 Sunderland 2 -1 1
    17 Everton 2 -1 1
    18 Liverpool 2 -3 1
    19 Stoke 3 -4 0
    20 West Ham 3 -8 0

    see also
    Man Utd controlled game well - Phelan
    28 Aug 10 |  Man Utd
    Ferguson praises tireless Rooney
    28 Aug 10 |  Man Utd
    Saturday football as it happened
    28 Aug 10 |  Football
    Saturday's football photos
    28 Aug 10 |  Football



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