Robin van Persie celebrates after scoring inside the first minute against West Ham United at Old Trafford

Man United   1

van Persie (1)

West Ham   0

Wednesday 28 November Old Trafford | Attendance: 75,572

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13Lindegaard
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6Evans
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23Cleverleysub18
14Hernandez
10Rooneysub19
20van Persiegoal
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1De Gea
28Buttner
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5Ferdinand
24Fletcher
18Youngsub23
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22Jaaskelainen
20Demel
17O'Brien
2Reid
19Collins
5Tomkins
21Diamesub32
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7Jarvissub11
14Taylor
8Carrollsub9
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30Spiegel
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27Spence
9Colesub8
32O'Neilsub21
42Moncur
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28/11/2012 21:50, Report by Nick Coppack
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United 1 West Ham 0

Van Persie hit a free-kick straight at Jaaskelainen after being upended 20 yards out by Joey O’Brien. Then Rooney drew a full-length save from the Finn when he curled an effort towards the far post and West Ham somehow managed to avoid conceding from the resulting corner when both Hernandez and Jonny Evans went close during a frantic goalmouth scramble.

Anderson stung Jaaskelainen’s palms with a scorching effort from 25 yards on 72 minutes but United were otherwise wasteful in the final third. Crosses were overhit and passes misplaced time and time again, as the Old Trafford crowd grew growingly restless.

When Lindegaard produced a point-blank save to deny Carlton Cole an equaliser it rammed home the reality that West Ham were just one moment away from snatching a draw.

Thankfully for the majority of those inside Old Trafford, that moment never came (although substitute Modibo Maiga jinked inside and tried his luck from 12 yards and Nolan had an injury-time effort blocked) and Sir Alex’s men hung on to claim a hard-earned three points. 

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