Premier League

April 17, 2013

Full-time

West Ham

2 - 2

Man Utd

Premier League

18:45 +00:00, April 17, 2013

Boleyn Ground

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    That is all from here tonight. Hope you enjoyed it and see you next time.

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    Elsewhere, Manchester City defeated Wigan 1-0, meaning United are currently 13 points clear at the top of the table.

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    The two sides produced a real, hard-fought encounter tonight. West Ham took the lead twice but were pegged back on both occasions. United went in search of a late winner but some top defending and some good goalkeeping kept the scores level.

  • 94'

    And there goes the full-time whistle.

  • 92'

    Taylor latches onto the end of a poor Carrick pass and looks to be through on goal. He is closed down by Vidic so attempts to shoot from distance but he blazes his effort well over the bar.

  • 91'

    Giggs finds Hernandez in the box. The striker looks like he is about to find the winner but Carroll of all people is there to make a vital challenge.

  • 90'

    Four minutes of injury time to be played...

  • 90'

    Van Persie flicks on Giggs' cross. Valencia tries to get the shot in but West Ham do well to close him down.

  • 89'

    Collison fires in a cross from the right and Carrick is there to get the block in. It seems to hit the United man's arm but the referee waves play on.

  • 88'

    Giggs picks up the ball on the left for United, but his first cross is poor and his second attempt is cleared by West Ham.

  • 86'

    Van Persie has a shot from well outside the box but he sends it high and wide.

  • 86'

    It is all United as we enter the final five minutes. Enough time for them to find a winner?

  • 85'

    Some lovely interplay between Rafael and Hernandez sees the Mexican eventually rifle an effort in on goal only for Collins to make an excellent block.

  • 84'

    Van Persie sends the corner in but West Ham do well to head clear.

  • 84'

    United win another corner after some good work from Valencia down the right.

  • 84'

    Stat: Robin van Persie now has 12 Premier League away goals this season, level with Luis Suarez and Gareth Bale.

  • 83'

    West Ham make a double change as Nolan and Diame make way for Taylor and Collison.

  • 82'

    Carrick spots the run of Hernandez with a lovely ball into the box. The striker rises to fire a header in on goal but Jaaskelainen pulls off a decent stop.

  • 81'

    Valencia gets another cross in from the right. Van Persie gets on the end of it but is unable to trouble Jaaskelainen in goal.

  • 80'

    Have West Ham got it in them to take the lead for a third time? Or will United push on for another?

  • 79'

    Van Persie looked to be offside as Kagawa struck his shot in the lead-up to the goal. It does not matter though and the linesman failed to spot it.

  • 78'

    Hernandez comes on for United to replace Kagawa.

  • 77'

    A superb turn and shot from Kagawa on the edge of the box that hits one post and rolls along the line before hitting the other and bouncing out. Van Persie is there, however, to fire home the rebound.

  • 77'

    GOAL FOR UNITED. VAN PERSIE.

  • 76'

    West Ham do well to head clear Valencia's cross in from the right. It falls to Giggs on the edge of the box but instead of shooting he looks for the pass and soon loses it.

  • 74'

    West Ham starting to see more of the ball again now which is frustrating the away side.

  • 73'

    It must be time for Hernandez to come on surely?

  • 72'

    Some lovely passing from United soon sees Giggs with the ball on the left. He tries to find Van Persie at the far post but his cross is overhit.

  • 72'

    United bring on Giggs for Rooney. It has not been the striker's finest game tonight.

  • 71'

    United passing and probing until Rafael eventually gets hold of the ball. But he wastes possession as he blasts his strike over the bar.

  • 70'

    Valencia picks out Van Persie with a fine ball into the middle but Jaaskelainen produces another top save to deny the striker as he tips his header over the bar.

  • 69'

    Giggs looks as if he is about to come on for United in a minute or two.

  • 68'

    And Noble does come on, replacing O'Neil for West Ham.

  • 67'

    West Ham looking to bring on Mark Noble...

  • 66'

    Carrick passes the ball out wide to Rafael who is in plenty of space but still manages to miscontrol it and the ball runs out for the throw-in.

  • 65'

    West Ham fans singing "You're getting sold in the summer" to Wayne Rooney.

  • 64'

    West Ham having to soak up a sustained period of pressure at the moment. They've got ten men behind the ball.

  • 63'

    Clever corner from United as Van Persie picks out the run of Rooney. The striker hits it first time and Jaaskelainen fails to get a strong hand to it but O'Neil is there to clear off the line.

  • 62'

    Valencia does well to win a corner for United...

  • 61'

    United starting to turn the screw. Valencia attempts to shoot from the edge of the box but his effort canons back off O'Brien. Top block.

  • 59'

    United counter through Rafael, who plays an excellent pass to Valencia in space on the right. The winger picks out Van Persie in the middle with a fine cross but Jaaskelainen denies him with a top save. The Dutchman was offside anyway, though.

  • 58'

    Carrick finds Van Persie in space on the edge of the box. The striker shapes to shoot before being sandwiched by two West Ham players. Ouch.

  • 57'

    United go right back up the other end but the move comes to a halt as Kagawa struggles to get his shot at goal away. This is game on.

  • 56'

    United have to come from behind again. Can they summon the strength, or will West Ham hit them while they are down and score another?

  • 55'

    Diame picks up the ball from Demel and turns Rooney on the edgeof the box before curling an effort straight into the bottom corner. Excellent finish, De Gea no chance.

  • 55'

    GOAL FOR UNITED. DIAME.

  • 54'

    Collins attempts to play an early free-kick forward to release Carroll but the referee orders him to take it again.

  • 52'

    West Ham are really putting United on the back foot now. The away side do not know what to do with themselves at the moment.

  • 51'

    Carroll with an excellent effort from distance that hits the side netting. De Gea was scrambling to reach it.

  • 50'

    Carroll goes into the book for jumping into De Gea. Harsh, but he has been doing it to the goalkeeper all game.

  • 50'

    Another cross is fired into the United box. Jones fails to deal with it and it falls at the feet of Carroll but the striker is unable to bring the ball under control.

  • 49'

    Diame's turn to send a cross into the United box but once again Vidic is there to head clear.

  • 49'

    A very lively start to this second half. Let's hope for more of the same.

  • 48'

    Jarvis sends a very dangerous ball into the United box but Vidic is there to make a superb headed clearance with Nolan breathing down his neck.

  • 47'

    Rooney picks out Van Persie at the back post with a fine ball forward. The striker heads it into the path of Jones in the middle but the Englishman fails to make proper contact with his shot. Great chance.

  • 46'

    United get this second half underway. Neither team have made any changes.

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    Antonio Valencia draws United level.

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    Ricardo Vaz Te opens the scoring for West Ham.

  • 45'

    And there goes the half-time whistle. An entertaining first half, with West Ham taking an early lead before United fought back to equalise. As it stands, the second 45 minutes could go either way.

  • 45'

    De Gea manages to punch clear the corner under plenty of pressure from West Ham players. The referee blows for a foul. Fergie on the touchline is furious.

  • 45'

    One minute of injury time to be played.

  • 45'

    Collins lofts forward a free-kick from deep. Ferdinand gets his head to it but can only concede the corner.

  • 44'

    Collins plays the ball into Nolan's feet in the United penalty box. The midfielder goes down under a push from Vidic but the referee waves play on. A penalty would have been harsh.

  • 43'

    West Ham's turn to attack as Demel advances down the right. He whips in a cross and finds Carroll but the striker fails to get enough contact on his header to cause any problems.

  • 42'

    Carrick finds room for the shot from the edge of the area after turning Collins but his effort canons off Reid.

  • 41'

    Jarvis does well to manage to hook in a cross from the left. Carroll tries to get on the end of it but Vidic does enough to put the striker off.

  • 41'

    United really dominating the possession now. West Ham having to play on the counter-attack.

  • 39'

    West Ham with a great chance as Vidic slips and concedes possession but it is wasted as Vaz Te fails to find Carroll with a simple pass.

  • 38'

    Stat: United have now scored in 21 consecutive Premier League games, the next longest current run is Aston Villa with five.

  • 37'

    Jarvis cuts in from the left and picks out the run of Carroll with a dangerous delivery but Vidic is there to get his head on it and clear.

  • 36'

    Stat: Valencia has won every single Premier League game (16) he has scored in (for Wigan and United); more games than any other player in Premier League history.

  • 35'

    We have a real game on our hands now. West Ham are refusing to lie down and are still making a right go of it. Vaz Te attempts a shot from distance but it sails well wide.

  • 34'

    Diame does brilliantly to cut in from the left. He finds some room to fire in a shot at goal but it hits the side netting. Good effort.

  • 33'

    United really upping the pressure now and they are starting to look very dangerous in the final third.

  • 32'

    United are into their rhythm now. Jones makes his way down the right and nearly picks out the run of Van Persie in the middle but the striker is just unable to get his head on it.

  • 31'

    A superb move from United as Van Persie picks out Kagawa, after playing the ball through the legs of Collins. The Japan international beats a man with a beautiful touch before squaring it to Valencia who has an empty net to aim at.

  • 31'

    GOAL FOR UNITED. VALENCIA.

  • 30'

    Carrick is the next United player to waste possession. They are playing to the Hammers' hands at the moment.

  • 29'

    Valencia plays the ball to Van Persie on the right. The striker tries to drive past O'Brien but the defender simply sticks his leg out and wins back possession.

  • 28'

    Rooney finds the run of Evra with a clever ball. The left-back drives into the box and tries to square it to Kagawa in the middle but Demel does well to make the vital interception.

  • 28'

    Carroll wins a flick-on from a long ball and Jarvis looks to be away in space down the right. The referee stops play, however, for offside.

  • 27'

    United have been very wasteful in possession over the last few minutes. They have struggled to really click into gear so far.

  • 26'

    Carroll has been a real menace for the United defence so far. Every time there has been a cross into the box he has managed to make his presence felt.

  • 25'

    United have not looked too dangerous in the final third as of yet. West Ham, meanwhile, look like causing havoc every time they get forward.

  • 24'

    Rooney plays a long ball forward and finds Valencia but the United man is unable to control the pass and West Ham soon clear the danger.

  • 23'

    Stat: United have won more points (27) from losing positions than any other Premier League team this season.

  • 22'

    Rooney finds himself in plenty of space 25 yards out from goal. He attempts a long-range strike but it was always sailing wide of the target.

  • 21'

    United probing West Ham's defence. Kagawa picks the ball up on the edge of the box and has Rooney in space but he decides to shoot, only to see his effort blocked.

  • 20'

    West Ham come forward down the other end as Jarvis attempts to beat Ferdinand in the box, but the defender does well to win the ball off his opponent with a strong challenge.

  • 19'

    Rafael sends in a cross from the right but it falls straight into the arms of Jaaskelainen.

  • 18'

    What sort of response will we see from United? Stoke made it easy for them on Sunday by conceding an early goal. It is a very different proposition now as they have to go chasing the game.

  • 16'

    An excellent counter-attack from the home side sees Jarvis race down the left and beat Ferdinand with ease before picking out Carroll at the far post. The striker wins the header and Vaz Te is there to get the flick-on to divert the ball past De Gea.

  • 16'

    GOAL FOR WEST HAM. VAZ TE.

  • 15'

    A lively start to this game then, with both teams looking to play the ball around nicely and push forward at every opportunity.

  • 14'

    O'Neil swings in the corner and picks out the run of Carroll but the striker can only head over the bar. The home side are always going to be a threat from set-pieces tonight.

  • 13'

    The Hammers win a corner after some good work from Demel.

  • 12'

    Valencia bursts forward down the right wing and attempts to deliver a ball into the middle but O'Brien is there to get the block in.

  • 11'

    Diame drives forward down the right and squares the ball to Nolan who shapes to shoot. Jones is there, however, with a great challenge to bring an end to the attack.

  • 10'

    Valencia whips in the corner but West Ham scramble the ball clear to safety.

  • 10'

    Ferdinand picks out the run of Van Persie with a long ball forward. The striker looks to be clear but for an excellent recovery from Collins.

  • 9'

    West Ham passing the ball around very well at the moment and really making United work hard all across the pitch. If they can keep this up they will have a real chance.

  • 7'

    The Hammers fans are in full voice tonight. They will be very encouraged by what they have seen from their team so far.

  • 6'

    Rooney, while not playing in the same position as he did at the weekend, seems to be dropping back quite deep to pick up the ball.

  • 5'

    Diame picks the ball up on the edge of the box but is unable to get his shot away. Carroll picks it up and makes room for a strike but it sails just wide of the post. Unlucky. Nolan tried to get a touch on it but just failed to make any contact.

  • 4'

    Van Persie finds some space down the left and whips an early ball into the middle. It falls to Valencia but the winger's first touch is very poor and he loses possession. Wasteful.

  • 3'

    Demel picks up the ball from deep and looks to loft a ball forward into the area but he puts too much onto it and De Gea is able to claim it.

  • 2'

    Excellent pressing from the home side. United are struggling to get the ball out of their own half.

  • 2'

    The Hammers putting the pressure on United right from the off. Carroll brings a ball down in the area and lays it off to Diame but the midfielder is unable to get his shot away.

  • 1'

    West Ham get forward early on through Vaz Te down the right but Evra is there to clear the danger.

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    And West Ham get this first half underway...

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    The teams are out onto the pitch, we are just moments away from kick-off...

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    Stat: United have won 12 Premier League away games this season (with three to play); the record is 15 wins by Chelsea in 2004-05.

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    United are still on course to break Chelsea's record Premier League points total of 95, set in 2005. Patrice Evra has every confidence that his side are capable of rewriting the history books.

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    West Ham make one change to their side with Winston Reid coming in for the injured James Tomkins. Mark Noble returns to the bench after six games out. Sir Alex Ferguson makes one change for United this evening, with Rafael coming in for Javier Hernandez.

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    Man United subs: Evans, Giggs, Chicharito, Nani, Welbeck, Cleverley, Amos.

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    West Ham subs: C.Cole, Collison, Maiga, Henderson, Taylor, Noble, Pogatetz.

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    Man United: De Gea, Rafael, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Valencia, Jones, Carrick, Kagawa, Rooney, Van Persie.

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    West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Reid, Collins, O'Brien, Jarvis, Diame, O'Neil, Vaz Te, Nolan, Carroll.

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    United will be looking to edge one step closer to the title with a win, while the Hammers want to reach that elusive 40-point mark to assure their safety.

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