West Ham 2-4 Manchester United
Noble 11 (pen), 25 (pen) Rooney 65, 73, 79 (pen)
A tremendous comeback in the final quarter, inspired by a Wayne Rooney hat-trick, gave Manchester United three vital points in their pursuit of the EPL title.
They were two goals down to relegation-threatened West Ham before Rooney’s 64th-minute free-kick sparked off a four-goal spree in nineteen remarkable minutes.
West Ham were two-up within 25 minutes, thanks to two Mark Noble penalties. The first was awarded in the 11th minute for a clear handball against Patrice Evra,
The second was given on 25 minutes for a foul on Hammers striker Carlton Cole by Nemanja Vidic which the Serb centre-half insisted was outside the penalty area.
Rooney sparked United’s comeback when he curled a terrific free-kick round the wall past keeper Robert Green’s left hand on 64 minutes.
And he equalised nine minutes later, latching on to Antonio Valencia’s pass and driving the ball past Green from the edge of the box.
United led on 79 minutes, Hammers centre-back Matthew Upson harshly deemed to have handled in the box near the goal-line. Rooney slid the spot-kick to Green’s left for his hat-trick.
The Hammers’ misery was completed on 84 minutes, Javier Hernandez supplying a close-range finish from Ryan Giggs deflected left-wing cross.
Tags: Wayne Rooney, Manchester United, West Ham, Mark Noble, Hammers, Javier Hernandez