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Meet Scott Parker’s Replacement…

A Midfielder with purpose and drive, a good range of passing, tackles with bite and commitment and on top of all that, can score some goals to boot.

All attributes you get from Scott Parker and require from anyone that comes into that position. Tonight, either by tactical masterstroke, desperation or luck, Avram Grant may have found his man, if, as expected, Parker isn’t around come February.

Jonathan Spector, the utility man of the Hammers much maligned backline, was suddenly utilised in midfield and amongst the rest of the West Ham team dominated a lacklustre Manchester United.

Despite the sponsors giving the Man of the Match award to Carlton Cole, Jonathan Spector was no doubt the star man. The man from Illinois fitting right in with the snowy conditions, he bossed the midfield defensively, yet had a range of passing that belied the fact he is more used to being in the backline.

The most impressive thing though was by far the way he drove forward and cut United to shreds. It was like the shackles had come off, he ran at the United defence with purpose and wasn’t scared to get into the box and support Cole in a way that, this season, even Parker looks hesitant to at times.

Sure, this was a mainly (sorry Giggsy) youthful side and certainly a second string that, after the first 10 minutes, decided they didn’t want to be there, but you can only dominate what is put in front of you and Spector might have finally found his home in central midfield, where he made United’s best box-to-box midfielder, Darren Fletcher, look frankly Championship class.

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