West Ham United 1-0 Manchester United
Sunday, 17th December 2006
by Gordon Thrower
They don’t hang about these Icelandic chappies. No sooner than one can say “three defeats” then the manager gets removed. So, cleverly saving on part of the cost of a new name plate for the manager’s office, we have a new boss.
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Player RatingsRobert Green
The save from Ronaldo was breathtaking but there was a lot of unspectacular stuff going on as well. Solid.
With Ronaldo and Giggs swapping over at will he had a tough time but coped with everything admirably. Mugging Ronaldo who was trying to shepherd the ball out for a corner was one of many marvellous moments.
I can?EUR(TM)t believe that Konch had his best game in ages purely to send out a message to Curbs. Frankly I don?EUR(TM)t care. More please.
Excellent. Saha was tricky and Anton had his work cut out but he stuck to his task well and wasn?EUR(TM)t found wanting.
Won just about everything. Got blocks in. Got Tackles in. Rooney? Who?
Not 100% but still got stuck in and wasn?EUR(TM)t overawed by the (so-called) illustrious opposition.
Did everything you want to see him do and deserved the goal. The celebration, understandable as it was, was a bit childish though.
Lots of effort and came in with impressive number of vital defensive headers.
The amount of hard work he got through on the left was amazing. Not surprisingly he looked knackered when subbed. Would have opened the scoring had he been able to head a ball!
Hustled and bustled and made a right pain in the backside of himself up front. Keep it up.
Tried his heart out and whenever he lost the ball, which was a tad too much for my liking, at least battled to win it back. Ought to have scored.
(Replaced Zamora, 58) Lovely nutmeg contribution for the goal and held the ball up well to relieve the pressure on midfield.
(Replaced Mullins, 70) A minor role in the build up to the goal but was pegged back to perform a defensive role for the period he was on.
(Replaced Etherington, 77) Linda came on to shore up the defence in the closing minutes and performed admirably.
Did not play.
Did not play.
Match FactsWest Ham United: Robert Green, Jonathan Spector, Paul Konchesky, Anton Ferdinand, James Collins, Hayden Mullins, Nigel Reo-Coker, Lee Bowyer, Matthew Etherington, Marlon Harewood, Bobby Zamora.
Goals: Nigel Reo-Coker 75 .
Booked: Nigel Reo-Coker 72 Teddy Sheringham 73 Anton Ferdinand 90 .
Sent Off: None sent off. .
Manchester United: Van Der Sar, Neville, Heinze, R.Ferdinand, Vidic, Carrick, Scholes, Ronaldo, Giggs, Saha, Rooney.
Subs not used: Kuszczak, Silvestre.
Booked: Heinze (26), Vidic (52).
Sent off: None.
Man of the Match: Robert Green.