Man Utd 1-0 West Ham

Returning stars lead the way for United

January 16, 2013
By Richard Jolly, Old Trafford
When Wayne Rooney went back to the England World Cup squad in 2006 after treatment to his injured foot, he famously and ill-advisedly said "the big man is back". Many a subsequent Rooney return has had a similar billing, but not this. Robin van Persie's huge achievements in 2012-13 ensure his has been the giant contribution to Manchester United's season.

And so it was fitting that, even as Rooney's restoration to the side meant he was the headline act, this tie was decided ...

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