FA Cup
West Ham United 2-2 Manchester United 

Saturday, 5th January 2013
by Gordon Thrower

Cracking match, wrong result just about sums this one up.

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Player Ratings

Jussi Jaaskelainen
One good save. Otherwise largely unemployed.

Guy Demel
Better, especially going forward where he looked less like he was at a lost as to what to do when he got there.

Danny Potts
Fine match. Not at all put out by the so-called quality of the opposition and was well looked after by his senior teammates.

James Tomkins
By and large a good game but the ball over his shoulder is one to which he is always suspect ?EUR" and so it proved late on.

James Collins
Two great headers for the goals. Strong in defence where he got some important blocks in.

Alou Diarra
Looked knackered at the end but this was a good solid outing from the Frenchman.

Jack Collison
Continues to improve and looks to be getting back to his best.

Joe Cole
Splendid return. Quietly influential throughout pulling strings here, prompting there. Just goes to show exactly what a waste of a player it was sending him to a club as mediocre as Liverpool.

Ricardo Vaz Te
Judged on his normal game this was not one of his more inspiring games. Nevertheless he got through a hell of a lot of the sort of hard work that doesn?EUR(TM)t get you noticed.

Kevin Nolan
Like Vaz Te he was slightly disappointing going forward. Also like Vaz Te he got through a lot of hard work.

Carlton Cole
Vidic didn?EUR(TM)t really have a clue how to deal with him other than to kick lumps out of him throughout.


Matt Jarvis
(Replaced Vaz Te, 61)
Took the ball forward well when he came on for Vaz Te.

Mark Noble
(Replaced Diarra, 73)
Not as influential as he normally is when on from the start. Understandably so.

Matt Taylor
(Replaced J.Cole, 78)
Most notable contribution was getting something on Collison?EUR(TM)s knock-down that nearly led to Cole putting the game beyond reach.

Raphael Spiegel
Did not play.

Winston Reid
Did not play.

Jordan Spence
Did not play.

Elliott Lee
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Jussi Jaaskelainen, Guy Demel , Danny Potts, James Tomkins, James Collins, Alou Diarra, Jack Collison, Joe Cole, Ricardo Vaz Te, Kevin Nolan, Carlton Cole.

Goals: James Collins 27 James Collins 59                .

Booked: Jack Collison 38          .

Sent off: None.

Manchester United: David De Gea, Rafael da Silva, Johnny Evans, Chris Smalling, Alexander Buttner, Nemanja Vidic, Paul Scholes, Tom Cleverley, Shinja Kagawa, Danny Welbeck, Javier Hernandez.

Subs not used: Anders Lindegaard, Rio Ferdinand, Ashley Young, Federico Macheda.

Goals: Tom Cleverley (23), Robin Van Persie (90+1).

Booked: Paul Scholes (24), Nemanja Vidic (83).

Sent off: None.

Referee: Martin Atkinson.

Attendance: 32,922.

Man of the Match: James Collins.