Premier League
Manchester United 3-0 West Ham United 

Saturday, 28th August 2010
by Staff Writer

West Ham United sunk to a predictable defeat in this evening's Premier League fixture at Old Trafford.

Whilst failing to conjure a single shot on target all afternoon the Hammers defence shipped three goals against a side who may also play in the Premier League - but in footballing terms are literally leagues ahead of Avram Grant's side.

Wayne Rooney opened the scoring for the home side on 33 minutes when he converted a penalty awarded against Jonathan Spector for a desperate lunge on Ryan Giggs after the veteran Welshmen had slipped past the American full-back in the box.

That lead was doubled four minutes after the half time break when Nani fired home from close range. The rout was completed 21 minutes from time when Dimitar Berbatov converted a Nani cross, as the goalscorer turned provider.

West Ham spent most of the 90 minutes encamped around their 18-yard box but did manage to briefly scare the home side on the odd occasion - most notably so when Kieron Dyer, making his second consecutive start for the first time in three years, went close with an effort that left 'keeper Edwin van der Sar grasping at air.

Next up for the Hammers are the current reigning champions Chelsea, who pitch up at the Boleyn Ground a fortnight from now following next week's international break.

* Player ratings courtesy of Het-Field

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Player Ratings

Robert Green
Two excellent saves. Little chance with the goals as the defence opened up before him.

Jonathan Spector
Really bad. Killed the game with a rash challlange for the pen and wussed out of a challange for the third goal.

Herita Ilunga
A better second half. But otherwise poor again.

Danny Gabbidon
It's easy to forget how good he used be. Some excellent challenges; welcome back!

Matthew Upson
Alright. Fell apart for the second goal. Certainly not a leader or worthy captain.

Scott Parker
We would be shot without him - but we aint much better with him. A poor start to the season.

Mark Noble
Running in circles with no real conviction. On tenderhooks after the yellow card.

Luis Boa Morte
Put himself about a bit. Slow as hell though. Put him on the left wing.

Julien Faubert
Nothing of note. Put him back at full-back or not at all.

Kieron Dyer
Very good; our only real threat and took on United's defence. Hopefully we will see more of him in due course.

Carlton Cole
No service=Cole is redundant. It would have been better to have played a 5-5 formation.


Pablo Barrera
(Replaced Faubert, 61 mins) Came on when the game was gone. He has something though.

Frederic Piquionne
(Replaced Dyer, 75 mins) An ambitious find. Should start next week.

Junior Stanislas
(Replaced Boa Morte, 90+1 mins) On for a few seconds to see out time.

Marek Stech
Did not play.

Manuel Da Costa
Did not play.

Radoslav Kovac
Did not play.

Benni McCarthy
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Robert Green, Jonathan Spector, Herita Ilunga, Danny Gabbidon, Matthew Upson, Scott Parker, Mark Noble, Luis Boa Morte, Julien Faubert, Kieron Dyer, Carlton Cole.

Goals: None.

Booked: Mark Noble 20 Matthew Upson 58        .

Sent off: None.

Manchester United: Van der Sar, O'Shea, Vidic, Evans, Evra, Nani, Scholes, Fletcher, Giggs, Berbatov, Rooney.

Subs not used: Kuszczak, Rafael, Valencia, Hernandez.

Goals: Rooney (pen 33), Nani (50), Berbatov (69).

Booked: Berbatov.

Sent off: None.

Referee: Mark Clattenburg.

Attendance: 75,061.

Man of the Match: Kieron Dyer.