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Wayne Rooney, Luis Nani and Dimitar Berbatov score to put United 3rd

Match Report – Manchester United 3-0 West Ham United

Barclays Premier League
Kick-Off & Date: 5:30pm, Sunday 28th August
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester (Home)
Attendance: 75,061

There aren’t much easy games in the Premier League these days, but Saturday’s clash with West Ham United at Old Trafford was far from tough. Wayne Rooney got his name back on the score-sheet from the penalty spot, as Ryan Giggs was felled inside the box. Luis Nani and Dimitar Berbatov then wrapped-up the victory in the second half, after a number of efforts were saved by Hammers’ goalkeeper Robert Green.

Rooney returned to the starting line-up after suffering a stomach bug last weekend, alongside an on-fire Berbatov. The evergreen Paul Scholes remained in the center of the park, with Nemanja Vidic retaining the captains armband.

After a poor late display against Fulham last Sunday, The Reds’ were determined to get back to winning ways. Rooney saw an early effort comfortably saved by England International keeper Green before more of the same ensued. Nani’s long-range shot was palmed off the crossbar and away.

In the 33rd minute, Giggs was tackled from behind inside by box by Jonathan Spector who escaped a booking despite being nowhere near the ball. Rooney stepped-up, and predictably sent Green the wrong way – scoring his first goal since the 13th March…
Back to his old self: Wayne Rooney

Before the break, Darren Fletcher’s curling shot from just outside the box was punched away by the goalie, while Nani failed to chip Green – despite being one-on-one with the West Ham no. 1.

In the second half, Kieron Dyer hit the post after some good West Ham build-up. However, Avram Grant’s side never looked like scoring much at all. United have the best record against The Hammers than against any other Premier League side – and it was inevitable that Sir Alex’s men would score and score again.

Nani took the ball past six defenders on the right, before running across the edge of the box sending the ball past Green from 18-yards out with his left foot !
Luis Nani makes it 2-0 on 50 minute mark

On the hour mark, United should have been leading by about 4 goals. But despite the 8 shots on target, it was just 2-0. West Ham have Green to thank for the game not entering a cricket scoreline. But despite his good performance, Green could do nothing about The Red’s third…

John O’Shea passed the ball to Nani down the right flank, who turned and lobbed to Berba on the back post. With defenders scurrying across to block the Bulgarian’s shot – he calmly scissor-kicked into the back of the net. Game over, and the scoring over too – surprisingly. 
Dimitar Berbatov ends the scoring on 69 minutes

Sir Alex made three changes entering the final stages of the game, with Chris Smalling replacing Jonny Evans, Michael Carrick entering the fray in place of Paul Scholes and Michale Owen replacing Dimitar Berbatov.

There was quite a few chances to improve our goal difference late on, but the boss will be happy with all 3 points and all 3 goals, as United go into 3rd going into a two-week International break…

United Team: Edwin Van Der Sar, Patrice Evra, Nemanja Vidic, John O’Shea, Jonny Evans, (Chris Smalling ’74), Ryan Giggs, Luis Nani, Paul Scholes (Michael Carrick ’74), Darren Fletcher, Dimitar Berbatov (Michael Owen ’74), Wayne Rooney.

Goals: Rooney (penalty) ’33, Nani ’50, Berbatov ’69
Bookings: Berbatov ’69




Sat, 28 Aug 2010 9:41:54 pm

Cracking goal from Nani, lets hope he can keep it up.



Sat, 28 Aug 2010 10:17:47 pm

I dont mean to be pedantic “Sunday”.
Jaysus I must be in a time warp! lol.
Nani goal was just him in cameo in my opinion.He looks just fantastic and playing on his prefered right.
Several times throughout the game i thought if Valencia was on the field we would rip these up for @SS hole paper.
They came to Old Trafford to do what?
I could not understand the lonesome role of Carlton Cole and the gulf between their midfield and him.
It get us back on track and no injuries.
Glad to see Sir Alex as you point out in your great article pulled Dimitar Paul and Jonny to get the rapturous Old Trafford THANKS.
Finally Dimatar woth a smile on his face and playing like we know he can will repay the faithfull.
MOM in my opinion Paul, ran the midfield like a true Conductor of the Orchestra.Closely followed bye Nemanja tutoring Jonny and then Chris.Just a Rock the Man is.
Its Put a smile back on everyones face after the hiccup at the Cottagers.


Sat, 28 Aug 2010 10:21:03 pm

Typo !


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