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Manchester Utd 3-0 West Ham: Business As Usual For United

Valencia Rooney Man United West Ham Manchester Utd 3 0 West Ham: Business As Usual For United

The race to the top narrowed Tuesday night as Manchester United swept aside West Ham United at Old Trafford.

Shades of 1966 early on as Man United’s Ben Foster dropped Alessandro Diamanti’s dipping shot onto the goal-line. Did it cross? Sir Alex Ferguson’s sometime nemesis, referee Alan Wiley, thought not. Can we at least agree on goal-line replays? It may be asking too much of the human eye to judge these borderline goals in an instant. Had the visitors gained the early lead perhaps the final result would be different.

Of course, few clubs in the world stand a chance when Wayne Rooney is at his marauding best. Just like last week at the San Siro, Antonio Valencia and Wayne Rooney connected brilliantly. In the 38th, Ji-Sung Park deftly passed to Dimitar Berbatov on his left. Berba changed the play’s direction with a looping pass over to Valencia on the right who immediately, and audaciously, volleyed it across for a diving Rooney header. It’s only Tuesday but that may well be the goal of the week. See it for yourself.

Valencia fed Rooney again in the 55th, allowing Sir Alex to perhaps ease up on clenching his squeaky bum and bring on Michael Owen and Mame Biram Diouf in the 78th. More controversy followed, as Man United, as is their custom, played on as West Ham’s Mark Noble lay prone on the pitch. Owen went on to evade Robert Green on the left and chip in his third league goal of the campaign.

The defeat leaves the Hammers four points clear of relegation while Man United trails Chelsea by only a point having played one more game. Thoughts of the league will be put aside for the current holders as they travel to Wembley Sunday to take on Aston Villa in the Carling Cup Final. They will again be without Rio Ferdinand, and will likely be without  Anderson as well, as he was forced to leave Tuesday’s game in the 19th minute.

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8 Responses to Manchester Utd 3-0 West Ham: Business As Usual For United

  1. iZy® says:

    berba,valencia and rooney played really well…high fives all around! nice to have “The Serbinator” back (Y)….was a little worried with Foster in the post though, thank goodness he was rarely tested

  2. Tyson says:

    Looks like Rio Ferdinand is out again for some reason. It’s starting to become a very bad situation at the back for United Ferdinand, Vidic and Van Der Sar have started less than 10 times together this year for United.. I believe the number is something like 6.

    All in all it was a good team performance but I have to tip my hat to Rooney again.. I wonder what they are feeding him hes just starting to look like hes in a league of his own sometimes.

  3. patrick says:

    How about, shades of Roy Carroll…

  4. Marc says:

    I’m hoping Owen will get a few more starts this season. I don’t want to see Foster in the goal again. This is going to be Ferdinand’s last season at Old Trafford.

  5. brn442 says:

    I thought UEFA frowned on domestic matches being played on a champions league night?

    Why do I get this feeling that Valencia and Nani are like wind up toys, they’re brilliant for only a bit, then they stop working. Now it’s Valencia’s turn. Well done Rooney.

  6. tonyspeed says:

    uh…the replay showed that it did not cross the line. what’s all the fuss? did you watch the text gamecast or something?

  7. Kal says:

    They played on much like West Ham did when Anderson went down with his ankle injury…well within the rules. So Utd returned the favor and scored.
    I don’t see what’s wrong with that.

  8. Manchester is Red says:

    it is up to the ref to stop play, not the players. there was no whistle, so play on !!

    several teams have done the same to us. this season’s charity shield comes to mind. that’s how chelski won it – we had a player down, no whistle, they took it down and scored while all the United players had stopped, expecting chelscum to kick it out.

    it was at that point i hoped United would never, ever kick the ball out for an “injured” player again. you never know if they really are injured. more often than not they pop back up to their feet as soon as the whistle blows.

    the blame should be laid on fat fatty wiley, not Manchester United.

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