Premier League
West Ham United 2-2 Manchester United 

Wednesday, 17th April 2013
by Gordon Thrower

Entertaining this one, even if, as usual, we were robbed by the usual bent decisions that the officials give this most corrupt of clubs.

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Player Ratings

Jussi Jaaskelainen
One awful moment in the second half but he pulled off a number of decent saves.

Guy Demel
Continues to improve well ?EUR" defended superbly and got forward to support Vaz Te on the right. Involved in Diame?EUR(TM)s goal.

Joey O Brien
Generally good but gave Valencia a bit too much space on occasion.

James Collins
Fine performance on a par with the one up at Anfield.

Winston Reid
For once outshone by Collins but I?EUR(TM)m sure as hell glad that he was back rather than Pogatetz.

Mo Diame
A fine game ?EUR" full of running until the end and one of the best goals you will ever see at the Boleyn.

Gary O Neil
Another splendid runout. I was slightly surprised that he came off for Noble ?EUR" I think on current form I?EUR(TM)d start him.

Ricardo Vaz Te
Good poacher?EUR(TM)s finish and some nice touches but was a bit too profligate with the ball for my liking.

Matt Jarvis
Fine first half in which he caused them all sorts of problems. Slightly less involved in the second half.

Kevin Nolan
A lot of running but not as influential as he can be.

Andy Carroll
On a par with Diame and Collins and got the sponsors?EUR(TM) MOTM. And the telly version. And mine. Absolutely enormous up front and one defensive block towards the end was magnificent. I saw an England striker in this match. It wasn?EUR(TM)t Rooney.


Mark Noble
(Replaced O'Neil, 67)
Good to have him back ?EUR" though bringing him on in the hope we?EUR(TM)d get a penalty was optimism in the extreme!

Jack Collison
(Replaced Diame, 82)
A few interceptions in the few moments he was on.

Matt Taylor
(Replaced Nolan, 82)
You could have been a hero, Matt. Oh dear.

Stephen Henderson
Did not play.

Emanuel Pogatetz
Did not play.

Modibo Maiga
Did not play.

Carlton Cole
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Jussi Jaaskelainen, Guy Demel, Joey O Brien, James Collins, Winston Reid, Mo Diame, Gary O Neil, Ricardo Vaz Te, Matt Jarvis, Kevin Nolan, Andy Carroll.

Goals: Ricardo Vaz Te 16 Momo Diame 55                .

Booked: Andy Carroll 47          .

Sent off: None.

Manchester United: David De Gea, Rafael Da Silva, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra, Antonio Valencia, Michael Carrick, Phil Jones, Shinji Kagawa, Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie.

Subs not used: Ben Amos, Luis Nani, Jonny Evans, Danny Welbeck, Tom Cleverley.

Goals: Antonio Valencia (31), Robin van Persie (77).

Booked: None.

Sent off: None.

Referee: Lee Probert.

Attendance: 34,692.

Man of the Match: Andy Carroll.