WEST HAM UNITED
2 – 4
Noble (11, 25)
Rooney (65, 73, 79)
It was a splendid comeback for Manchester United, a nearly carbon copy of their game against Blackpool not long ago, as they came from 2-0 down at half time to achieve a 4-2 victory and kept themselves in the driving seat for the Premier League crown.
The first half was contested very well, with both teams having their chances, but it was West Ham who came out of the half better, with Noble slotting in his first on the 11 minute mark with a penalty following a Patrice Evra handball. His second came through yet another penalty, this time Vidic tripping up West Ham striker Carlton Cole.
The second half started with Hernandez’s introduction, which brought a whole different dimension to Manchester United’s game, playing in a different formation. Rooney grabbed a hat-trick in this match and his first came in stunning fashion, a beautiful curling free kick over the West Ham defenders and then out of the reach of the helpless Robert Green.
His second was a beautifully controlled ball from a rather awkward pass from winger Antonio Valencia, which resulted in excellent finishing into the bottom corner. The third goal was another handball, this time from defender Matthew Upson, which Rooney converts from the spot.
Hernandez sealed the comeback on the 84th minute of the match. It was another typical ‘Hernandez goal’ as he drifts in from back post to slot in a Ryan Giggs cross.