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 Ratings

Robert Green
The save from Ronaldo was breathtaking but there was a lot of unspectacular stuff going on as well. Solid.

Jonathan Spector
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.

Paul Konchesky
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.

Anton Ferdinand
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.

James Collins
Won just about everything. Got blocks in. Got Tackles in. Rooney? Who?

Hayden Mullins
Not 100% but still got stuck in and wasn?EUR(TM)t overawed by the (so-called) illustrious opposition.

Nigel Reo-Coker
Did everything you want to see him do and deserved the goal. The celebration, understandable as it was, was a bit childish though.

Lee Bowyer
Lots of effort and came in with impressive number of vital defensive headers.

Matthew Etherington
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!

Marlon Harewood
Hustled and bustled and made a right pain in the backside of himself up front. Keep it up.

Bobby Zamora
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.


Teddy Sheringham
(Replaced Zamora, 58) Lovely nutmeg contribution for the goal and held the ball up well to relieve the pressure on midfield.

Yossi Benayoun
(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.

George McCartney
(Replaced Etherington, 77) Linda came on to shore up the defence in the closing minutes and performed admirably.

Roy Carroll
Did not play.

Carlos Tevez
Did not play.

Match Facts

West 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.

Goals: .

Booked: Heinze (26), Vidic (52).

Sent off: None.

Referee: G.O'Dowd.

Attendance: 34,966.

Man of the Match: Robert Green.