West Ham 2 Manchester U 1

Cristiano Ronaldo

West Ham Uni­ted 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 1, Boleyn Gro­und, Eng­lish Pre­mier Lea­gue, Dec­ember 29, 2007. Man­chester Uni­ted suf­fered a sur­prise 2-1 de­feat ag­ainst West Ham Uni­ted at Up­ton Park. The reign­ing cham­pi­ons took the lead wi­th a goal by Cris­ti­ano Ron­aldo, but late goals by Ant­on Fer­dinand and Mat­thew Up­son turned the ga­me ar­ound for the hosts.

Man­chester Uni­ted had de­feated Ful­ham, Der­by Coun­ty, Liver­pool, Ever­ton, and Sun­der­land in their pre­vi­ous five Pre­mier Lea­gue fix­tures and were sit­ting top of the ta­ble ahead of the meet­ing wi­th The Irons. The Old Traf­ford club went in front when Por­tuguese in­ter­na­tion­al Cris­ti­ano Ron­aldo be­at West Ham and Eng­land goal­keeper Ro­bert Green wi­th a head­er from a Ry­an Gig­gs cross on thir­teen min­utes. In the sec­ond ha­lf, Man­chester Uni­ted were awar­ded a pen­alty af­ter a cross had hit Jon­athan Spect­or on the arm, but the nor­mally re­li­able Ron­aldo missed from the spot. The pen­alty miss gave West Ham re­newed hope and the East Lon­doners fi­nally ma­naged to equal­ise as Ant­on Fer­dinand con­ver­ted a cor­ner from skip­per Ma­rk Noble in the 78th min­ute of the clash. Spurred on by Noble, The Ham­mers kept up the pres­sure and the hosts had their win­ner when Mat­thew Up­son head­ed ho­me a free-kick from the Up­ton Park cap­tain wi­th eight min­ute left of nor­mal time. West Ham Uni­ted Te­am: Ro­bert Green, Lu­cas Neill, Ge­orge Mc­Cart­ney, Jon­athan Spect­or, Mat­thew Up­son, Fred­die Ljun­g­berg, Scott Par­ker, Nol­berto So­lano, Hay­den Mullins, Ma­rk Noble, Carlton Cole. Sub­stitutes: Ant­on Fer­dinand, John Paintsil, Dean Ashton. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: To­masz Kusz­czak, Pat­rice Ev­ra, Rio Fer­dinand, Wes­ley Bro­wn, Ne­manja Vid­ic, Owen Har­greaves, Ry­an Gig­gs, Dar­ren Fletch­er, Cris­ti­ano Ron­aldo, Louis Saha, Car­los Tev­ez. Sub­stitutes: John O’Shea, Oli­veira An­der­son, Lu­is Nani.

 

Cristiano Ronaldo Quickfacts

Cris­ti­ano Ro­lan­do re­gistered a fir­st ha­lf brace as Man­chester Uni­ted be­at West Ham Uni­ted 4-1 in front of a 76,000 crowd at Old Traf­ford in their pen­ul­tim­ate fix­ture of the 2007-08 season.

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