Carling Cup
West Ham United 4-0 Manchester United 

Tuesday, 30th November 2010
by Gordon Thrower

Sweet. A win against the league leaders whoever they are is always nice. When it comes against the club with the most arrogant and ignorant fan base in the known universe it's even nicer.

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Player Ratings

Robert Green
Yes we had a silly second in the second half but without his superb save in the first things could have been a lot different.

Julien Faubert
Good solid run out in Jacobsen's absence, once he stopped trying to watch the ball out for a goal kick.

Tal Ben Haim
Some strong challenges that upset the visiting manager, who, as we know, prefers his opponents to roll over and die. Disappeared for ten minutes early in the second half which was a worry.

James Tomkins
Two decent showings in a row will do wonders for his confidence which took a bit of a hit last year.

Matthew Upson
Excellent from the skipper who, alongside his younger sidekick, kept the opposition front line quiet for much of the match.

Jonathan Spector
Own up, whose heart sank when you saw his name on the team sheet? More than happy to admit the error of my ways. A decent game and who knew he was such a good finisher?

Radoslav Kovac
Still a weak spot for me. Gave the ball away far too much and, as the saying goes, there are times where he traps a ball further than I can kick one.

Luis Boa Morte
Good hard performance. Never let the opposition settle and more than held his own when it got physical. Can we stop the booing now guys?

Pablo Barrera
Some good touches but I'd like a bit more out of him. Flits in and out of the game a bit too much at present.

Victor Obinna
Fine performance Played a part in all four goals and was a constant threat throughout. MOTM for me.

Carlton Cole
Two well-taken goals and some good hold-up play interspersed with the odd howler. Can we stop the booing now please guys?


Winston Reid
(Replaced Tomkins, 74 mins) Able enough ?EUR" ludicrously cautioned.

Zavon Hines
(Replaced Barrera, 76 mins) Good to see him back. Ought to have had a penalty.

Junior Stanislas
(Replaced Cole, 89 mins) Barely enough time to make an impresion.

Ruud Boffin
Did not play.

Scott Parker
Did not play.

Frederic Piquionne
Did not play.

Benni McCarthy
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Robert Green, Julien Faubert, Tal Ben Haim, James Tomkins, Matthew Upson, Jonathan Spector, Radoslav Kovac, Luis Boa Morte, Pablo Barrera, Victor Obinna, Carlton Cole.

Goals: Jonathan Spector 22 Jonathan Spector 37 Carlton Cole 56 Carlton Cole 66            .

Booked: Winston Reid 90          .

Sent off: None.

Manchester United: Kuszczak, O'Shea, Evans, Fabio, Smalling, Fletcher, Anderson, Giggs, Obertan, Hernandez, Bebe.

Subs not used: Amos, Park, Carrick, Eikrem.

Goals: None.

Booked: None.

Sent off: None.

Referee: Mark Clattenburg.

Attendance: 33,551.

Man of the Match: Victor Obinna.