FA Premiership
West Ham United 1 Manchester United 2

Sunday, 27th November 2005
by East Stand Martin

I remember it as if it were yesterday. Enfield Town Park circa 1972 and we were winning a cup game when we gave away a penalty. Yours truly was between the sticks and this kid strolled up to take the spot kick with a pair of George Best boots on.



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Player Ratings

Roy Carroll
A fine performance against his former employers sullied only by the attempt to claim the Rooney corner which led to the second goal.


Tomas Repka
A fair performance from Super although a moment of panic proved costly when Park intercepted the Czech's clearance to lay on the second goal.


Paul Konchesky
Like Repka he rarely foraged forward and stuck to his defensive duties until we were chasing the game late on.


Danny Gabbidon
Turned inside out at times by Rooney and Horse but stuck to his guns nonetheless. Should have seen his adversary sent off when booted late on.


Anton Ferdinand
Like Gabbidon, he struggled against the foraging Red forwards although produced the game's most sublime piece of skill when he span on a sixpence in his own six-yard box to wrongfoot Van Nistelrooy.


Hayden Mullins
Struggled to get into the game against a very efficient Red midfield. Given little time to settle on the ball.


Mark Noble
Only his second ever Premiership start yet Noble has already come up against Davids and Carrick and now Smith and Scholes. Made little impression today (although his interception started the move for our goal) but the experience he is gaining will prove invaluable.


Yossi Benayoun
One of the few who really had a go at Manyoo's back four. Could have claimed his place in the Hammers hall of fame had an audacious 20-yard lob dipped under the bar rather than over.


Teddy Sheringham
Despite having rested in midweek Teddy rarely got involved and looked every one of his 39 years at times.


Matthew Etherington
Brilliant in patches - such as when he provided the sublime pass for our goal - yet anonymous at times. The good news is that he lasted the full 90 and was still pushing on towards the end.


Marlon Harewood
Gave the Man Utd back four a torrid time from the off and his goal was a real beauty. Had rather less joy once Silvestre - who he had tormented for half an hour - was replaced by the returning Gary Neville.



Substitutes

Christian Dailly
(Replaced Sheringham, 71) Introuduced in order to nullify the threat of the ever-dangerous Rooney whose ability to slip between West Ham's two lines of defence had caused untold problems.


Bobby Zamora
(Replaced Mullins, 72) Again his introduction gave us a lift. Movement, pace and a willingness to challenge for headers (Marlon take note).


Shaun Newton
(Replaced Etherington, 89) Probably touched the ball no more than twice in the three minutes he was on the pitch.


Stephen Bywater
Did not play.


Jeremie Aliadiere
Did not play.



Match Facts

West Ham United: Roy Carroll, Tomas Repka, Paul Konchesky, Danny Gabbidon, Anton Ferdinand, Hayden Mullins, Mark Noble, Yossi Benayoun, Teddy Sheringham, Matthew Etherington, Marlon Harewood.

Goals: Marlon Harewood 1                  .

Booked: Mark Noble 11 Teddy Sheringham 38        .

Sent Off: None sent off.     .

Manchester United: Van Der Sar, Brown, Silvestre, R.Ferdinand, O'Shea, Fletcher, Scholes, Smith, Park, Rooney, Van Nistelrooy.

Subs not used: Howard, Ronaldo, Saha.

Goals: Rooney (47), O'Shea (56).

Booked: Silvestre (19), Van Nistelrooy (33), Rooney (83).

Sent off: None.

Referee: S.Bennett.

Attendance: 34,755.

Man of the Match: Roy Carroll.