Manchester United came from a 2-0 half time deficit at Upton Park this afternoon to win 4-2 with the help of a Wayne Rooney hat trick.
Manchester United were starting to take control of the game early on before a long punt up field lead to a West Ham penalty when Patrice Evra needlessly threw his hands in the air inside the penalty box only to see the ball hit them in the 11th minute.
Mark Noble duly converted. 15 minutes later Mark Noble was repeating this sequence following a controversial decision when Carlton Cole went down after contact from Nemanja Vidic that initiated outside the penalty box. 2-0.
The second controversial moment of the match was when last man Nemanja Vidic pulled down Demba Ba only to receive a yellow card just before half time. Others may have seen it as a red but it was questionable whether Ba would have got to the ball before Tomasz Kuszczak anyway.
Javier Hernandez came on for Patrice Evra at half time and that sparked Manchester United into life. The young Mexican volleying over a Ryan Giggs cross early into the second half.
Manchester United started with Wayne Rooney as the sole striker and barely tested Rob Green in the first half. Dimitar Berbatov came on just after the hour as the Premier League leaders played 3 strikers and 3 defenders as they dominated possession. Berbatov hadn’t been on the pitch long before Rooney curled in a well-struck free kick to half the deficit on the 65th minute.
Wayne Rooney scored again with little more than 15 minutes remaining when he fired in from just inside the penalty area, across Rob Green following a fantastic first touch to get away from the defence following Antonio Valencia’s pass.
The next controversial moment of the match came when Fabio’s attempted chip across the penalty area hit the left arm of Matthew Upson by his side, only to be awarded a penalty with 10 minutes to go. Wayne Rooney duly rolled in his hat trick as Rob Green dived the wrong way.
Javier Hernandez completed the scoring 5 minutes from time when Ryan Giggs shot come cross went through the legs of Manuel Da Costa leaving the substitute to poke home into an open goal. This 4-2 win for Manchester United extended their lead to 8 points over Arsenal with 2 games in hand for the Gunners whom host Blackburn in this evening’s Premier League game.
What shall we expect the main talking point to be from this game? Manchester United’s comeback? Wayne Rooney’s hat trick? Or Wayne Rooney’s foul mouth?