West Ham   2

Noble (11, 25)

Man United   4

Rooney (65, 73, 79), Hernandez (84)

2 APRIL 2011, UPTON PARK ATTENDANCE: 34,546

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37Jacobsen
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20Upson
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16Noblegoalgoalsub34
8Parker
16Hitzlsperger
32O'Neilsub33
9Cole
29Ba
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31Boffin
2Reid
5Tomkins
18Spector
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30Piquionne
34Keanesub16
Man United
29Kuszczak
20Fabio
12Smalling
15Vidicyellow card
11Giggs
7Valencia
28Gibsonyellow card
16Carrick
7Parksub9
10Rooneygoalgoalgoalsub17
14Hernandezsub3goal
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40Amos
45Gill
8Anderson
17Nanisub10
7Owen
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West Ham 2 United 4

the ball over Evra, the defender's raised hand blocked the ball’s path. Few protests met referee Lee Mason’s award of a penalty, which Noble duly dispatched past Kuszczak.

Despite the shock of falling behind against the run of play, United’s response was bright, with Antonio Valencia particularly prominent in some menacing forward probes. The Ecuadorian’s crosses prompted a succession of scrambled clearances from the hosts, as did a Wayne Rooney centre which narrowly eluded Ji-sung Park’s attempted diving header.

The Reds’ steady attempts to find a route back into the game were handed another blow after 23 minutes as Cole won his second penalty, advancing into the area and tumbling over the outstretched leg of Vidic. Unquestionably a foul, but outside the area according to the Serbian, inside it in the view of the striker and, most importantly, referee Mason. Noble steered home another unerring finish.

The flow of the game continued in the same vein, with United comfortably bossing possession. The Reds’ first real opening fell to Ji-sung Park, whose stinging half-volley was somehow turned over the bar by Green. From the subsequent corner Smalling rose highest again, but steered his header wide.

On the break, Hitzelsperger thrashed a half-volley wide with the hosts’ first notable attempt in open play. The German then came within a yard of West Ham’s third goal with a superb curling free-kick, awarded after Vidic had missed a header and subsequently hauled down Demba Ba. Much to the hosts’ ire, the Serbian was merely booked, while the home support demanded a dismissal.

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