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United Snow Ploughed By Hammers

Carling Cup Player Ratings

Quarter Final

Tue 30 November, Kick off: 19:45, Upton Park

 

West Ham United (4-4-2)

1 – Robert Green – A couple of fantastic saves from Obertan and a Fabio deflection. 7

15 – Matthew Upson – Did everything that was required tonight, stood tall as United pressed after the break. 7

3 – Tal Ben-Haim – Really relished getting stuck into Uniteds so called wonderkids. 7

5 – James Tomkins – Again, like Upson did all you could ask to secure clean sheet, one spectacular clearance. 7

18 – Jonathan Spector – Will always remember his first West Ham goals, was fate that they were both against his former employers. 8

13 – Luis Boa Morte – Looked sharp in everything he did today, a constant thorn in Uniteds side. 7

14 – Radoslav Kovac – Got the ball down well and started attacks fluently for the Hammers. 7

12 – Pablo Barrera – Got at Fabio so much in first half he had to swap with O’Shea. 7

20 – Julien Faubert – Got forward well all evening to support Hammers attacks. 8

9 – Carlton Cole – Looked lethal all night, strong and direct in his running, fully deserved his brace. 8

33 – Victor Obinna – Was immense for the Hammers, United couldn’t get to grips with him at all. 8

 

Subs:

31 – Ruud Boffin

2 – Winston Reid – Introduced for Tomkins and was calm and steady. 6

8 – Scott Parker

25 – Junior Stanislas – Came on for Cole but was little time to impress. 5

17 – Benni McCarthy

30 – Frederic Piquionne

26 – Zavon Hines – Came on for Barrera, good to see him back in a Hammers shirt. 5

Manchester United (4-4-2)

29 – Tomasz Kuszczak Will have wished van der Sar had played instead, awful night for the United stopper. 5

22 – John O’Shea Had a torrid time all evening as the Hammers dragged the United defence everywhere. 6

20 – Fabio da Silva Not an evening the youngster will want to remember, Boa Morte and Obinna ran him ragged. 5

12 – Chris Smalling Only United defender to come out with a decent performance. 7

23 – Jonny Evans Seriously short of form, Cole will have given him nightmares. 7

11 – Ryan Giggs Not one to remember for the Welsh wizard, was poor in possession all night. 5

24 – Darren Fletcher Looked lost without his superstar pals. 6

8 – Anderson Best of a bad bunch for United, tried to get on the ball and make others play. 7

14 – Javier Hernandez Never got into the game, had one sighter from distance in second half. 6

33 – Bebe Game passed the youngster by. 5

26 – Gabriel Obertan Another forward the game passed by, couldn’t get into any dangerous positions. 5

 

Subs:

40 – Ben Amos

6 – Wes Brown – Replaced Evans steadied the sinking ship a little. 5

21 – Rafael da Silva – Replaced his brother at right back, suffered exactly the same fate though. 5

16 – Michael Carrick

13 – Ji-Sung Park

27 – Federico Macheda – Introduced in second half tried to get at Hammers backline but offered little. 5

42 – Magnus Eikrem

 

Overview:

West Ham marched through to the semi-finals as, the holders policy of blooding youth backfired spectacularly. Avram Grants line up produced the goods on a snow swept evening at Upton Park, time and time again the switching of positions in midfield and up front bamboozled the United players. Only Anderson and Smalling can take heart from their performances for the Red Devils in which most of their side froze (no pun intended).

This shock result brings an end to United’s amazing unbeaten run in the competition stretching back to 2007. The Hammers on the other hand will be dreaming of Wembley Way come February. Some out-standing performances notably Obinna, Cole and former United player Spector.

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