West Ham 2 Manchester U 2

Robin Van Persie

West Ham Uni­ted 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 2, Boleyn Gro­und, Eng­lish Pre­mier Lea­gue, April 17, 2013. Man­chester Uni­ted came from be­hind on two oc­ca­sions to earn a 2-2 draw ag­ainst West Ham Uni­ted at Up­ton Park. Ri­cardo Vaz Te and Mo Dia­me notched up the goals for The Irons, whi­le An­tonio Va­lencia and Robin van Per­sie re­gistered for the visitors.

West Ham Uni­ted went in­to a 1-0 lead as Three Li­ons in­ter­na­tion­al Andy Car­roll knock­ed the ball down to Ri­cardo Vaz Te who head­ed ho­me in the six­teenth min­ute of the tussle, but Man­chester Uni­ted ma­naged to level the score fif­teen min­utes la­ter when Shinji Ka­gawa squared the ball from in­side the pen­alty area to An­tonio Va­lencia who net­ted from three yards out. The Ham­mers took the ad­vatange ag­ain, tho­ugh, when a mag­ni­fi­cent curl­ing ef­fort from Sene­g­alese mid­field mo­tor Mo­hamed Dia­me fou­nd its way pa­st the out­stretched arms of Man­chester Uni­ted shot stop­per Da­vid de Gea and in­to the back of the net ten min­utes in­to the sec­ond ha­lf of the clash. Then, af­ter 71 min­utes of fierce ac­tion, Man­chester Uni­ted man­ager Sir Al­ex Fer­guson de­cided to re­place Way­ne Roo­ney wi­th thirty-nine-year-old ever­green Ry­an Gig­gs in or­der to in­ject more cre­ativ­ity in­to his te­am, and wi­th the score­board clock tick­ing down The Reds had their sec­ond equal­iser of the day as a fe­ro­cious shot from Ka­gawa hit bo­th posts be­fore the al­ways dan­ger­ous Robin van Per­sie ma­naged to power the ball pa­st West Ham and Fin­land net­mind­er Jussi Jaaskelain­en and in­to the goal in the 77th min­ute of the ga­me to make the fi­nal score 2-2. Wi­th Man­chester City edging out Wi­gan Ath­let­ic 1-0 at Eti­had Sta­dium thro­ugh a late goal from for­mer Old Traf­ford for­ward Car­los Tev­ez, Man­chester Uni­ted were now thir­teen points ahead of The Sky Blues. West Ham Uni­ted Te­am: Jussi Jaaskelain­en, Ja­mes Collins, Win­ston Re­id, Guy Demel, Joey O’Bri­en, Matt Jar­vis, Kev­in No­lan, Ga­ry O’Neil, Mo Dia­me, Ri­cardo Vaz Te, Andy Car­roll. Sub­stitutes: Ema­nuel Pog­at­etz, Matt Tay­lor, Jack Col­lis­on, Ma­rk Noble, Modibo Maiga, Carlton Cole, Steph­en Hen­derson. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Da­vid de Gea, Phil Jones, Ra­fael da Silva, Rio Fer­dinand, Ne­manja Vid­ic, Pat­rice Ev­ra, An­tonio Va­lencia, Mi­chael Car­rick, Way­ne Roo­ney, Shinji Ka­gawa, Robin van Per­sie. Sub­stitutes: Dan­ny Wel­beck, Javi­er Her­nandez, Ry­an Gig­gs, Jon­ny Evans, Tom Clev­er­ley, Lu­is Nani, Ben Amos.


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