West Ham 2 Manchester U 2

Sir Alex Ferguson

West Ham Uni­ted 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 2, Boleyn Gro­und, Eng­lish FA Cup Third Ro­und, Jan­uary 5, 2013. Sir Al­ex Ferguson´s men earned them­selves a 2-2 draw ag­ainst West Ham Uni­ted at Up­ton Park in the FA Cup Third Ro­und. Ja­mes Collins fou­nd the net twice for The Irons, whi­le Tom Clev­er­ley and Robin van Per­sie sco­red a goal each for the visitors.

Man­chester Uni­ted head­ed in­to the clash on the back of a com­pre­hens­ive 4-0 tri­umph ag­ainst Wi­gan Ath­let­ic at DW Sta­dium, where­as West Ham Uni­ted had de­feated Nor­wich City 2-1 at Boleyn Gro­und in their last ga­me. Bo­th te­ams missed chances be­fore Man­chester Uni­ted and Three Li­ons mid­fielder Tom Clev­er­ley con­ver­ted a dan­ger­ous low cross from Mex­ic­an for­ward Javi­er Her­nandez in the twenty-third min­ute of the third ro­und tie. West Ham stop­per Ja­mes Collins ma­naged to level the score for The Ham­mers just four min­utes la­ter, tho­ugh, when the Welsh­man power­fully head­ed ho­me a centre from Joe Cole. Fol­low­ing the re­sump­tion, an ex­cel­lently de­livered cross by Cole fou­nd Collins who net­ted wi­th an­oth­er fierce head­er to give West Ham a 2-1 lead four­teen min­utes in­to the sec­ond pe­riod. Wi­th twenty-three min­utes re­maining of the con­test, Sir Al­ex Fer­guson de­cided to make a double sub­sti­tu­tion as Neth­er­lands in­ter­na­tion­al Robin van Per­sie and Ecuadori­an wing­er An­tonio Va­lencia re­placed Chi­charito and Paul Scho­les re­spect­ively, and it was the Dutch­man who hit the fi­nal goal of the mat­ch as he equal­ised for Pre­miership lead­ers Man­chester Uni­ted in stop­page time wi­th a well pla­ced shot which went pa­st West Ham cus­todi­an Jussi Jaaskelain­en and in­to the far bot­tom cor­ner of the net. West Ham Uni­ted Te­am: Jussi Jaaskelain­en, Dan­ny Potts, Ja­mes Tomkins, Ja­mes Collins, Guy Demel, Joe Cole, Jack Col­lis­on, Alou Diarra, Kev­in No­lan, Ri­cardo Vaz Te, Carlton Cole. Sub­stitutes: Jor­dan Spence, Win­ston Re­id, Matt Tay­lor, Matt Jar­vis, Ma­rk Noble, El­li­ot Lee, Raphael Spiegel. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Da­vid de Gea, Ra­fael da Silva, Jon­ny Evans, Chris Small­ing, Ne­manja Vid­ic, Al­ex­an­der Buttner, Tom Clev­er­ley, Shinji Ka­gawa, Paul Scho­les, Javi­er Her­nandez, Dan­ny Wel­beck. Sub­stitutes: Rio Fer­dinand, An­tonio Va­lencia, Ash­ley Young, Ry­an Gig­gs, Fe­d­erico Ma­cheda, Robin van Per­sie, An­ders Lindegaard.


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Man­chester Uni­ted Foot­ball Club sig­ned luc­rat­ive three-year spon­sor­ship deals wi­th bo­th China Con­struc­tion Bank and Chinese bever­age pro­du­cer Hang­zhou Wa­haha Group in Jan­uary 2013.


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