In keeping with the traditions of the cup, the tie was played with great attacking intent and ambition as both sides looked to gain the upper hand throughout different periods of the match.
Tom Cleverley gave the Reds a first-half lead with a tidy finish on 22 minutes, though that advantage didn’t last long as James Collins headed Joe Cole’s cross home just moments later.
After the break, Cole and Collins rekindled their partnership to fire the Hammers into what was arguably an undeserved lead, forcing United to stare down the barrel of a shock exit at Upton Park.
Thankfully, substitute van Persie held his nerve, latching onto Ryan Giggs’ superb pass to control inside the area and finish past Jussi Jaaskelainen with his weaker right-foot.
As always, John and Matt Peters were on hand to capture the action and you can view their images, as well as a number from other professional snappers, by clicking on the main picture above.
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