Saturday August 28, 2010 Day 3 Finished Old Trafford

Manchester United 3 - 0 West Ham United

  • Rooney 33’ (pen.)
  • Nani 50’
  • Berbatov 69’

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  1. United cruise past West Ham

    United cruise past West Ham

    Wayne Rooney ended his goal drought as Manchester United beat Premier League strugglers West Ham United 3-0 at Old Trafford. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Manchester United
    • West Ham United
    • 90+2' The final whistle goes, mercifully for West Ham who remain bottom of the table.
    • 90+1' We're in the second of two minutes to be added on. Barrera wins another corner. He delivers himself but Piquionne sends a lacklustre header wide.
    • 90+1' West Ham substitution: Junior Stanislas replaces Luis Boa Morte.
    • 90+1' Vidic heads Barrera's cross behind for a corner, much to the annoyance of van der Sar.
    • 90' Giggs plays the one-two with Carrick but the return pass is a tad heavy and runs to Green.
    • 89' Nani has a pop and wins a corner. From the short corner the ball flashes across the six-yard box and Smalling almost steers it in from close range.
    • 88' Giggs has got Noble trapped by his own corner flag. West Ham finally manage to scramble the ball away as far as the halfway line before losing it again.
    • 86' West Ham are set to lose their third match of the season – the first time they have lost their first three matches of the season in the top flight in 33 years. (Infostrada)
    • 84' Owen and Rooney combine to release Giggs on the right, but the veteran's shot is blocked at the expense of a corner.
    • 82' Nice move from West Ham and Parker nips inside Smalling but miscues his shot. Had he gone down there he may have won a penalty off the defender.
    • 81' Old Trafford has fallen rather silent now. Everyone is waiting for the final whistle, not least the West Ham players.
    • 79' United are on course to keep a clean sheet for the 10th time in the last 13 Premier League matches at Old Trafford. (Infostrada)
    • 78' Piquionne sends Cole chasing a ball down the channel, but Vidic charges across to make the tackle.
    • 77' An early mistake from Smalling almost proves costly, but Boa Morte is unable to grab the loose ball. Noble finds Barrera out wide with a flick with the outside of his boot. The Mexican is unable to beat Evra.
    • 76' West Ham substitution: Frederic Piquionne replaces Kieron Dyer.
    • 75' This is Smallings's first Premier League appearance for United, following his debut in the Community Shield.
    • 74' Manchester United substitutions: Chris Smalling, Michael Owen and Michael Carrick replace Jonny Evans, Dimitar Berbatov and Paul Scholes.
    • 73' Plenty of activity on the United bench. Expect wholesale changes any minute now.
    • 72' Berbatov scored his 50th Premier League goal, and his fourth against West Ham. (Infostrada)
    • 70' Berbatov celebrates his third goal of the season by whipping his shirt off, and gets a yellow card.
    • 69' GOAL! O'Shea finds Nani in the box who clips the ball over to Berbatov at the far post, and the Bulgarian strikes with a lovely acrobatic volley! He's deserved that for his performance today.
    • 68' West Ham continue to repel United as best they can, but a third goal is surely not too far away.
    • 67' Giggs takes a free-kick from wide on the right. He goes for goal and the shot flashes over the bar.
    • 66' Evra bursts into the box and tries to pull it back to Fletcher, but it's intercepted.
    • 65' Giggs wins another corner off Spector. Nani's delivery is awful, chipped straight to the nearest defender.
    • 64' It is now over eight hours of football since West Ham last scored against Manchester United - Dean Ashton netting in their 4-1 away defeat in May 2008. (Infostrada)
    • 63' O'Shea whips in a decent cross but Gabbidon gets his head to it first.
    • 62' Berbatov lays the ball off and Scholes drills a low strike right at Green.
    • 61' West Ham substitution: Pablo Barrera replaces Julien Faubert. About time too.
    • 60' Boa Morte fouls Nani, who gets to his feet a little gingerly.
    • 59' Parker drives forward through midfield, only to give the ball to Faubert and see him give it away immediately. If West Ham lose their captain they are doomed.
    • 58' Rooney turns past Upson but is tripped by his England colleague, who picks up the game's second booking for his troubles.
    • 57' Berbatov turns deftly in the area and rolls the ball back to Nani, and for once he miscues his shot and it flies well wide.
    • 56' Faubert backheels the ball into the path of Dyer and the winger fires a strike off the outside of the post! Unlucky.
    • 53' A lovely flick by Berbatov almost has Rooney clean through on goal, but the England man is denied by a great saving tackle from Gabbidon.
    • 52' Three of Nani's last four Premier League goals have come against London opposition. (Infostrada)
    • 51' Frederic Piquionne is warming up on the touchline. Avram Grant needs to make a change and soon.
    • 50' Nani's first goal of the season is one of his best in a United shirt.
    • 49' GOAL!! Nani receives the ball from Rooney, leaves Gabbidon on his backside and fires past Green from the edge of the box! Great goal from the Portuguese, and it looks like curtains for West Ham now.
    • 48' Strong start from United. West Ham yet to have a significant touch.
    • 47' West Ham only won one Premier League match in the whole of last season after conceding the opening goal – a 3-2 home victory against Wigan Athletic on April 24. (Infostrada)
    • 46' No changes from either side as the second half gets underway!
    • 45+2' Half-time is called, with Rooney getting on the scoresheet for the first time in over 18 hours of playing time.
    • 45+1' West Ham barely getting out of their own half now. Giggs puts in a cracking tackle on Parker and then chips a weighted ball into the path of Nani, who dinks the ball over Green but over the bar too!
    • 45' Two minutes of added time are signalled.
    • 44' Noble finds Faubert in space on the right but the Frenchman is in an offside position.
    • 43' Giggs jinks his way into the box before somehow darting a ball across for Berbatov, who has his half-volley blocked and then slices his effort on the rebound!
    • 42' Cole continues to look isolated up front. Dyer needs to be up there behind him.
    • 41' Fletcher has a dig from distance and it draws a wonderful save from Green! United have a corner, but it is repelled by the Hammers this time.
    • 40' Rooney knocks Fletcher's pass into the path of Nani, but the Portuguese is smothered.
    • 39' Rooney scored his fifth Premier League penalty for Manchester United from eight attempts. He had missed his previous one in their 2-1 home victory against Liverpool in March. (Infostrada)
    • 38' West Ham are keeping the ball well at times, but they are struggling to make any inroads into the final third.
    • 36' Upson heads the corner clear. Dyer knocks the ball past FLetcher and has the beating of him for pace but Giggs motors back to cover.
    • 35' From a short corner Nani's drilled strike is blocked behind by Cole for another corner.
    • 34' That's Rooney's first goal in 13 matches for club and country, and the relief on his face is clear for all to see!
    • 33' GOAL!! Rooney takes a very dodgy run-up, skipping too far to the side, but his spot-kick rolls into the bottom corner with Green diving the other way!
    • 32' Scholes pings a ball out to Giggs on the left, and the Welsh wizard and is brought down by former United defender Jonathan Spector! Rooney will take this one...
    • 30' Fabio Capello is in the crowd. This is his third match of the day, following trips to Ewood Park and Bloomfield Road.
    • 29' Cole looks as though he will be OK. The striker has scored just once in his last 16 appearances for the Hammers.
    • 28' Cole shrugs off Vidic but the Serb defender recovers and makes a great challenge. Cole has stayed down in the United box though, and is receiving treatment.
    • 27' Gary Neville and Rio Ferdinand are both watching from the stands. They're both in track suits despite playing no part today, bless them.
    • 26' Manchester United have not scored in the opening half hour of their last four Premier League matches at Old Trafford, since Wayne Rooney scored in a 2-1 victory against Liverpool on March 21. They went on to score a total of 11 goals in those four matches. (Infostrada)
    • 25' Rooney knocks Evra's pass to the feet of Nani with his back to ball, but it was asking a lot of the winger to flick it over his head and get his shot on target.
    • 24' Berbatov deftly knocks O'Shea's long ball back into the path of Nani who hammers a rasping shot against the crossbar! Great effort from all involved there.
    • 23' West Ham come forward in numbers. Noble's strike is blocked and it comes back to Parker, but he loses the ball and United clear.
    • 22' Parler tists and turns in the midfield as he desperately looks for a team-mate in a good position to pass to.
    • 21' The ball finds its way back to Giggs, who feeds Nani with a nice reverse pass. The Portuguese barges his way to the byline but Green is alert enough to catch the cross.
    • 21' United take a free-kick quicky and it yields a corner. Giggs gets plenty of applause as he comes across to take it.
    • 19' Noble loses control of the ball and upends Rooney as he desperately lunges to retrieve it. A booking for Noble.
    • 18' Cole makes a nuisance of himself to win the ball from Evra, but Dyer fails to make the most of it and United play themselves out of trouble.
    • 17' United have a free-kick on the edge of the box. Giggs, Scholes and Nani are all lurking around the dead ball... Nani clips it over the wall but it was always going over the bar.
    • 16' The light shower in Manchester has quickly descended into an outright downpour. That should help open this match up a bit.
    • 15' Faubert collects the ball after Gigg's flicked header finds no one, but the Frenchman gives it straight back to United with a truly woeful pass.
    • 14' Evans appears to be limping about a little here. United have Smalling and Rafael on the bench if Alex Ferguson is forced to make the chnage.
    • 13' Berbatov cranes his neck to nod a cross down into the path of Rooney. The England strike miscues his half-volley.
    • 12' All very subdued at Old Trafford thus far. Both sides seem to be waiting for the inevitable.
    • 11' Rooney receives the ball, turns and heads for goal. His strike from 20 yards is right at Robert Green. It bounces right in front of the keeper, but he gathers comfortably.
    • 10' An uncertain clearance from O'Shea is tidied up by Scholes.
    • 9' Chelsea are the only London team to win at Old Trafford in the last 15 Premier League visits, since West Ham won 1-0 on the final day of the season in May 2007.
    • 8' Berbatov goes slightly too early in anticipation of Fletcher's through ball and is caught offside.
    • 7' Nani's corner is headed away, but United retain possession.
    • 6' Nice one-touch play around the edge of the West Ham box from United eventually yields a corner.
    • 5' Boa Morte slips over as he tries to make a reverse pass in midfield. Scholes grabs the ball and finds Berbatov, who has his cross blocked.
    • 4' A low key start from both sides. Jonny Evans has plenty of time to trot forward with the ball, then turn back and make the easy pass.
    • 3' Kieron Dyer, starting back-to-back starts for the firt time in three years, fouls Patrice Evra.
    • 2' Manchester United will be the first ever team to pick up 1500 Premier League points if they win today. They currently have 1498 points from 698 Premier League matches.
    • 1' The first half in underway!
    • 17:25 The team's are heading out on to the Old Trafford turf now. We'll be underway in a jiffy...
    • 17:20 United can move as high as second in the table if they win handsomely this evening. The Hammers can climb out of the relegation zone if they can grab an improbable win. Premier League table
    • 17:15 West Ham boss Avram Grant has urged his team to throw everything they have at Manchester United because "anything can happen" in football: "At the moment they are the best players in England. Manchester United are a better team than West Ham - but I believe in football anything can happen." Grant out to upset United
    • 16:55 Today's referee is Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear).
    • 16:50 MAN UTD: Van der Sar, O'Shea, Vidic, Jonathan Evans, Evra, Nani, Scholes, Fletcher, Giggs, Rooney, Berbatov. Subs: Kuszczak, Owen, Smalling, Hernandez, Carrick, Rafael Da Silva, Valencia /// WEST HAM: Green, Spector, Gabbidon, Upson, Ilunga, Faubert, Noble, Parker, Boa Morte, Dyer, Cole. Subs: Stech, Barrera, Kovac, McCarthy, da Costa, Stanislas, Piquionne
    • 16:45 Manchester United welcome struggling West Ham to Old Trafford in the late Premier League kick-off.
  • Summary

    • 69' GOAL! O'Shea finds Nani in the box who clips the ball over to Berbatov at the far post, and the Bulgarian strikes with a lovely acrobatic volley! He's deserved that for his performance today.
    • 56' Faubert backheels the ball into the path of Dyer and the winger fires a strike off the outside of the post! Unlucky.
    • 49' GOAL!! Nani receives the ball from Rooney, leaves Gabbidon on his backside and fires past Green from the edge of the box! Great goal from the Portuguese, and it looks like curtains for West Ham now.
    • 45+1' West Ham barely getting out of their own half now. Giggs puts in a cracking tackle on Parker and then chips a weighted ball into the path of Nani, who dinks the ball over Green but over the bar too!
    • 43' Giggs jinks his way into the box before somehow darting a ball across for Berbatov, who has his half-volley blocked and then slices his effort on the rebound!
    • 41' Fletcher has a dig from distance and it draws a wonderful save from Green! United have a corner, but it is repelled by the Hammers this time.
    • 33' GOAL!! Rooney takes a very dodgy run-up, skipping too far to the side, but his spot-kick rolls into the bottom corner with Green diving the other way!
    • 32' Scholes pings a ball out to Giggs on the left, and the Welsh wizard and is brought down by former United defender Jonathan Spector! Rooney will take this one...
    • 24' Berbatov deftly knocks O'Shea's long ball back into the path of Nani who hammers a rasping shot against the crossbar! Great effort from all involved there.
    • 11' Rooney receives the ball, turns and heads for goal. His strike from 20 yards is right at Robert Green. It bounces right in front of the keeper, but he gathers comfortably.
    • 16:50 MAN UTD: Van der Sar, O'Shea, Vidic, Jonathan Evans, Evra, Nani, Scholes, Fletcher, Giggs, Rooney, Berbatov. Subs: Kuszczak, Owen, Smalling, Hernandez, Carrick, Rafael Da Silva, Valencia /// WEST HAM: Green, Spector, Gabbidon, Upson, Ilunga, Faubert, Noble, Parker, Boa Morte, Dyer, Cole. Subs: Stech, Barrera, Kovac, McCarthy, da Costa, Stanislas, Piquionne

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • E. van der Sar
      • J. O'Shea
      • N. Vidic
      • J. Evans Substitution Out (74′)
      • P. Evra
      • P. Scholes Substitution Out (74′)
      • D. Fletcher
      • Nani Goal
      • R. Giggs
      • W. Rooney Goal
      • D. Berbatov Goal Yellow Card Substitution Out (74′)

      Subs

      • M. Owen Substitution In74′
      • M. Carrick Substitution In74′
      • T. Kuszczak
      • A. Valencia
      • C. Smalling Substitution In74′
      • Rafael
      • J. Hernández
    • Starting line-up

      • R. Green
      • J. Spector
      • D. Gabbidon
      • M. Upson Yellow Card
      • H. Ilunga
      • M. Noble Yellow Card
      • L. Boa Morte Substitution Out (90′)
      • J. Faubert Substitution Out (62′)
      • S. Parker
      • K. Dyer Substitution Out (76′)
      • C. Cole

      Subs

      • F. Piquionne Substitution In76′
      • B. McCarthy
      • M. da Costa
      • Junior Stanislas Substitution In90′
      • P. Barrera Substitution In62′
      • R. Kovác
      • M. &#352tech
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