Manchester United 0 West Ham United 1
Sunday, 13th May 2007
by Gordon Thrower
It was a challenge worthy of Michael Palin. Could a self-confessed boreal-sceptic Londoner spend four whole days in the uncivilised North of the country in an attempt to see his side escape relegation.
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Player RatingsRobert Green
Dealt with everything thrown at him ?EUR" unbelievable to think we actually dropped him for Carroll earlier this season!
There was one dodgy ball played back towards his own goal but he performed well and I?EUR(TM)ll be glad to have him on board next season.
Was doing ok but his early knock curtailed his participation in the afternoons events.
At the risk of repeating myself, he has benefited immensely from Collins?EUR(TM) presence in recent weeks.
Continued his awesome form of recent weeks by doing it against the best. Ridiculously booked for winning the cleanest of tackles.
Snapped and harried and hassled for the whole 90 minutes. If we were going to be relegated he was damned sure it wasn?EUR(TM)t going to be his fault.
Could have been overrun in the middle but he wasn?EUR(TM)t overawed and stuck to his task well.
The flow of traffic meant that opportunities to shine in his usual manner were limited. Brilliant goalline clearances saved the day in the first half.
Luis Boa Morte
It all passed him by a bit really. Maybe a bit unfortunate over one chance but having made himself room for another he should really have put it away instead of hitting the post.
Brilliantly taken goal but this wasn?EUR(TM)t a game where his play was ever likely to dominate. If that is to be his last game ?EUR" and I hope it isn?EUR(TM)t ?EUR" then we owe him thanks for brightening up the place over the past few months.
A game of few chances for us, but, as has been the case lately, he ran himself into the ground for the cause.
(Replaced McCartney, 28) Did well coming in for the injured Linda.
(Replaced Zamora, 63) Bustled about and made a nuisance of himself.
(Replaced Tevez, 82) Not really on for long enough to make much of a difference.
Did not play.
Did not play.
Match FactsWest Ham United: Robert Green, Lucas Neill, George McCartney, Anton Ferdinand, James Collins, Mark Noble, Nigel Reo-Coker, Yossi Benayoun, Luis Boa Morte, Carlos Tevez, Bobby Zamora.
Goals: Carlos Tevez 45 .
Booked: James Collins 67 Carlos Tevez 74 .
Sent Off: None sent off. .
Manchester United: Van Der Sar, O'Shea, Evra, Heinze, Brown, Carrick, Fletcher, Richardson, Solskjaer, Smith, Rooney.
Subs not used: Kuszczak, Vidic.
Booked: None booked..
Sent off: None.
Man of the Match: James Collins.