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29/10/2008 19:46, Report by Nick Coppack
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Ratings: United v West Ham

Tomasz Kuszczak: Hardly troubled all evening. Just the one save from Luis Boa Morte on 75 minutes. You felt sorry for him, standing still in the cold all evening…

Rafael: A bundle of energy, the youngster threw himself into every tackle and looked to get in early crosses when he charged down the right flank.

Rio Ferdinand: Sometimes you wonder if it’s all too easy for Rio. Perfect positioning meant he never had to get out of first gear all evening.

Nemanja Vidic: Solid alongside Rio and, like his central defensive partner, in complete control of proceedings. Faultless when called upon and cut out a number of West Ham crosses.

Patrice Evra: For a little man, Patrice is astonishingly good in the air. With little to do defensively, he was free to tear up and down the left wing.

Cristiano Ronaldo: While far from his most impressive performance, the Portuguese winger looks to have rediscovered his goalscoring touch. You can’t ask for much more than two goals, can you?

Anderson: Confident and composed in the centre of the park, he rarely gave the ball away. Won headers and tackles and even tried his luck from distance. Still yet to score for the Reds.

Darren Fletcher: United’s primary ball-winner when play broke down, Fletch used his possession wisely, often spraying the ball across the field to change the angle of attack. A super performance.

Nani: One of the Reds’ best in the first half, Nani gave his marker a torrid time, constantly twisting and turning to make space and cross. Almost scored with a scorching shot across Robert Green.

Carlos Tevez: Quiet by the Argentinian’s usual standards, although he did go close with a header in first-half injury time. Came under close attention from West Ham’s centre backs.

Dimitar Berbatov: His mazy run caused havoc in the Hammers’ defence just prior to the first goal, but if you thought that was good check out his sublime skill to lay on Ronny’s second. Pure genius.

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