Manchester U 3 West Ham 0

Wayne Rooney

Man­chester Uni­ted 3 West Ham Uni­ted 0, Old Traf­ford, Eng­lish Pre­mier Lea­gue, Feb­ruary 23, 2010. West Ham Uni­ted nev­er really stood a chan­ce in the mat­ch ag­ainst Sir Al­ex Ferguson´s title chasers at Old Traf­ford. Man­chester Uni­ted ul­ti­mately won the ga­me by three goals to no­ne cour­tesy of a brace either si­de of the break from Way­ne Roo­ney and one goal by strik­ing part­ner Mi­chael Owen.

The Theatre of Dreams was treated to a highly pro­fes­sion­al and en­ter­tain­ing dis­play from Man­chester Uni­ted marks­man Way­ne Roo­ney. Blessed wi­th the abil­ity to head the ball ef­fect­ively, Roo­ney left the West Ham rear­guard com­pletely help­less on two oc­ca­sions as the nat­ur­al born goal plun­der­er fou­nd the net twice dur­ing the tussle ag­ainst The Ham­mers. The fir­st goal of the one-sided fix­ture ar­rived thirty-eight min­utes in­to the fir­st ha­lf when a fine cross from Ecuadori­an in­ter­na­tion­al An­tonio Va­lencia was ex­cel­lently met by Roo­ney who made no mis­take wi­th a fly­ing head­er. The Three Li­ons in­ter­na­tion­al then made Man­chester United´s sec­ond goal of the even­ing a mere ten min­utes fol­low­ing the ha­lf-time break as the lone fron­trun­ner head­ed ho­me yet an­oth­er good cross from Va­lencia pa­st away stop­per Ro­bert Green and in­to the back of the net. Sir Al­ex Fer­guson ev­entually de­cided to make a double sub­sti­tu­tion in the sev­enty-eighti­eth min­ute of the Tues­day clash when Roo­ney made way for ever­green vet­er­an Mi­chael Owen, whi­le ex­cit­ing new boy Mame Biram Di­ouf came on for the some­what in­ef­fect­ive Di­m­it­ar Ber­batov. Owen im­me­di­ately had the re­quired im­pact as he need­ed just two min­utes on the pitch to score Man­chester United’s third goal of the even­ing. Al­ways in the middle of ac­tion, Paul Scho­les pro­vided an out­stand­ing pass as the im­per­i­ous mid­field gen­er­al su­perbly thread the ball thro­ugh to the su­per sub­sti­tute who then side­footed it pa­st Green and in­to the onion bag. West Ham Uni­ted nev­er really ma­naged to threat the sol­id Man­chester Uni­ted de­fence and it was more or less a case of how many goals the hosts ac­tu­ally were to score ag­ainst The Irons. Now, ac­cord­ing to most foot­ball stat­ist­ics avail­able, it sel­dom pays to un­der­es­tim­ate your op­pon­ents and for­tu­nately for the Man­chester Uni­ted sup­port­ers, Ferguson´s te­am of star play­ers could not pos­sibly have be­en ac­cused of do­ing so at any rate.

Need­less to say, Sir Al­ex was well pleased wi­th his Man­chester Uni­ted te­am fol­low­ing the re­as­sur­ing win over Gi­an­franco Zola´s re­leg­a­tion bat­tling West Ham Uni­ted, and the Old Traf­ford boss par­tic­u­larly picked out Roo­ney for praise. Af­ter quite simply bo­th out­classing and out­play­ing the East Lon­doners, The Reds could now con­fid­ently look for­ward to their next chal­lenge which would be the much-an­ti­cip­ated fix­ture ag­ainst As­ton Vil­la at Wemb­ley in the Lea­gue Cup Fi­nal. Sir Al­ex Fer­guson: “Man­chester Uni­ted had to win and we did that. Dur­ing the sec­ond ha­lf, es­pe­cially, we played some really good foot­ball and it could have be­en more. But we are happy wi­th the three points. Way­ne Roo­ney was mag­ni­fi­cent ag­ain. They were two ex­cel­lent head­ers, al­though there was also some good play from An­tonio Va­lencia. But now there will be changes on Sunday for the Lea­gue Cup Fi­nal. I have done that all along dur­ing the com­pet­i­tion, and I will have to look at the situ­ation to make sure we have a fresh te­am.” Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Ben Fo­ster, Ga­ry Ne­ville, Wes Bro­wn, Ne­manja Vid­ic, Pat­rice Ev­ra, Dar­ron Gib­son, Paul Scho­les, Di­m­it­ar Ber­batov, An­der­son, Way­ne Roo­ney, Va­lencia. Sub­stitutes: To­masz Kusz­czak, Ra­fael, Ji-Sung Park, Pat­rice Ev­ra, Dar­ren Fletch­er, Mame Biram Di­ouf, Mi­chael Owen. West Ham Uni­ted Te­am: Ro­bert Green, Ra­doslav Ko­vac, Jon­athan Spect­or, Ja­mes Tomkins, Mat­thew Up­son, Valon Behrami, Ju­li­en Faubert, Aless­andro Diamanti, Ma­rk Noble, Carlton Cole, Guillermo Franco. Sub­stitutes: Marek Stech, Manuel da Costa, Fa­bio Daprela, Jack Col­lis­on, Kieron Dyer, Il­an, Mido.


Manchester United Quickfacts

Man­chester Uni­ted and West Ham Uni­ted met for the fir­st time in an FA Cup Third Ro­und fix­ture wit­nessed by 27,000 people at Up­ton Park on the 25th of Feb­ruary 1911. West Ham won the ga­me 2-1 thro­ugh goals from Tom­my Cald­well and Dan­ny Shea, whi­le Sandy Turn­bull net­ted for the visitors.


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