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West Ham 0 - 2 United - Match Report

by MUFCWriter
Mar 23, 2014 8:28 AM GMT



United retained the best away record with a 2-0 win at Upton Park. Two goals from Rooney secured another 3 points for United, they're third away win on the bounce.
Moyes went with the 4-2-3-1 formation, one that fans have grown to despise. However, it worked well. De Gea was between the sticks, an unusual defence of Rafael, Jones, Carrick and Buttner; two holding midfielders in Fellaini and Fletcher, wide left was Kagawa, right was Young, the number 10 role was Mata and Wayne returned to his former number 9 role.
After just 8 minutes, Wayne Rooney scored an unbelievable, Beckham-like conversion from 58 yards out. The banana booted Devil won the a ball just past the half way line, saw the goalkeeper off his line and went for it; and what a finish it was. Speaking to Sky Sports, Wayne said it's up there with his best goals; but not his very best.
25 minutes later, after a Sir Alex flashback-like counter-attack, Rooney converted his second of the game! Ashley Young perambulated the left side of the West Ham defence, fluffed a cross; a lucky deflection, but who was there to pick up the pieces; Wazza.
United have now won 10 out of their last 11 meetings with the Hammers, and picked up their second domestic win in March, another on the road.
Rooney told Sky Sports the lads are full of confidence ahead of City on Tuesday night, and claimed the Olympiacos comeback has really lifted the side; you really can see it.
My man of the match, despite Rooney's two goals; has got to be Michael Carrick. He put an absolutele shift in located in the heart of the defence; he read the play well, defended superbly and his footwork was class.
A brilliant team performance overall and a well deserved 3 points. Leaving us in 7th position, 2 points behind Tottenham, but with +15 ahead of their goal difference; and three points behind Everton at fifth.