Premiership
Manchester United 4 West Ham United 1

Saturday, 3rd May 2008
by Gordon Thrower

Old Trafford 3 May 2008. A West Ham win and thousands of 'soccer' fans from Surrey will have to pretend they are upset for a bit to preserve the fiction that they are real football supporters. A defeat, and, well much the same really.



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Player Ratings

Robert Green
Strange one really. They had five or so real shots (if you count Ronaldo?EUR(TM)s deflection that Sky are probably claiming as genius). No chance with any of them and barely a save to make otherwise.


John Paintsil
A couple of good runs but has this habit of giving the ball away far too often. At fault for Ronaldo?EUR(TM)s second.The cult hero thing is funny but not that funny.


George McCartney
A bit of a mare on his side really. Not a match he will look back on with much fondness.


Lucas Neill
Booked for being headbutted. Slipped over for the first. Backed off way too much for the fourth.


James Tomkins
One missed header that contributed to Ronaldo?EUR(TM)s second but otherwise continues to show maturity at the back.


Mark Noble
Too many misplaced passes undid some good work.


Scott Parker
Got his foot in well though he fell foul of Riley?EUR(TM)s law ?EUR" free-kicks for clean tackles being the usual exchange rate.


Hayden Mullins
The game passed him by really.


Luis Boa Morte
Some contribution down the left in the first half but anonymous in the second before substitution.


Bobby Zamora
A lot of hard work in both his midfield and forward roles without creating much attack-wise. The booking was a complete and utter joke.


Dean Ashton
Superb goal and worked hard despite the injury obtained in putting the ball away.



Substitutes

Nobby Solano
(replaced Boa Morte, 52) Since we didn?EUR(TM)t show-up as an attacking force in the second half we failed to give him the service that would enable him to contribute.


Carlton Cole
(replaced Ashton, 56) Put himself about a bit to little effect.


Fred Sears
(replaced Mullins, 75) His introduction was too little too late ?EUR" we had already settled back into defensive mode.


Jimmy Walker
Did not play.


Jack Collison
Did not play.



Match Facts

West Ham United: Robert Green, John Paintsil, George McCartney, Lucas Neill, James Tomkins, Mark Noble, Scott Parker, Hayden Mullins, Luis Boa Morte, Bobby Zamora, Dean Ashton.

Goals: Dean Ashton 28                  .

Booked: George McCartney  Lucas Neill  Bobby Zamora       .

Sent off: None.

Manchester United: Van der Sar, Hargreaves, Brown, Ferdinand, Evra, Nani, Carrick, Scholes, Park, Ronaldo, Tevez.

Subs not used: Kuszczak, Anderson.

Goals: Ronaldo (3, 24), Tervez (26), Carrick (59).

Booked: Ronaldo.

Sent off: None.

Referee: M.Riley.

Attendance: 76,013.

Man of the Match: Dean Ashton.