Premier League
West Ham United 0 Manchester United 1

Sunday, 8th February 2009
by Gordon Thrower

I suppose three in a row at home against this lot was always going to be a tough call - but boy did we make them work for it.



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Player Ratings

Robert Green
One dodgy kick and one decent save. Otherwise untested.


Lucas Neill
Not a bad game though he was helped by Pep?EUR(TM)s shackling of Ronaldo.


Herita Ilunga
Solid enough at the back but a bit reluctant to get forward.


James Collins
Maybe the corner given away before the goal was a tad unnecessary, but other than that he barely put a foot wrong.


Matthew Upson
I can?EUR(TM)t remember Berbatov getting a kick. He?EUR(TM)d better stay safe on England duty ?EUR" our record isn?EUR(TM)t great in that respect.


Scott Parker
Another strong performance ?EUR" the opposition knew they?EUR(TM)d been in a game.


Mark Noble
A lot of running but his passing was not at its best.


Jack Collison
Didn?EUR(TM)t look out of place in any way against such so-called illustrious opposition.


Valon Behrami
A master class in how to deal with Ronaldo, who was reduced to petulantly moaning at anyone within 20 yards. Neill owes him a pint.


Carlton Cole
A constant thorn in the side of the tightest defence n the league at present ?EUR" Rio was lucky not to walk early on.


David Di Michele
Lots of running but we needed more in the way of pace and penetration and at no stage did he look capable of providing it.



Substitutes

Savio Nsereko
(Replaced Noble, 77 mins) Tried a few things but few came off.


Diego Tristan
(Replaced Behrami, 87 mins) Last throw of the dice but failed to contribute.


Jan Lastuvka
Did not play.


Jonathan Spector
Did not play.


Radoslav Kovac
Did not play.


Luis Boa Morte
Did not play.


Freddie Sears
Did not play.



Match Facts

West Ham United: Robert Green, Lucas Neill, Herita Ilunga, James Collins, Matthew Upson, Scott Parker, Mark Noble, Jack Collison, Valon Behrami, Carlton Cole, David Di Michele.

Goals: None                   .

Booked: Lucas Neill 58          .

Sent off: None.

Manchester United: Van Der Sar, Rafinha, Ferdinand, Vidic, Carrick, Scholes, Ronaldo, Giggs, Berbatov, Tevez.

Subs not used: Foster, da Silva, Eckersley, Fletcher, Nani, Welbeck.

Goals: Giggs (62).

Booked: Vidic (59).

Sent off: None.

Referee: Phil Dowd.

Attendance: 34,958.

Man of the Match: Valon Behrami.