Sunday, December 22

Grim up north

Manchester United 3 West Ham 1

The usual defeat at Manchester United. Adrian is given a game in goal after his heroics at Spurs and he makes a great one-handed stop from Cleverly early on and then another good save from Valencia. The keeper is at fault for United's opener though. Collins falls over as Rooney slices through the defence and Welbeck places the ball straight through Adrian. It's Welbeck's first league goal at Old Trafford since October last year - another example of West Ham yet again ending someone' else's poor run.

The second comes after West Ham fail to clear and sees Januzaj dummy Collins and send the defender half way to Salford before firing home. United's young winger is deservedly booked for a terrible dive, but we're never going to recover from being two goals down after 36 minutes. Sub Ashley Young scores the third with a great effort into the top corner. United relax and we score a consolation as Maiga plays Cole through a static defence. It's a long time since Carlton has outpaced anyone, but he manages to run through and poke the ball between De Gea's legs. The West Ham fans erupt like we've scored the winner and regale United with Bubbles.

Overall a very pallid performance from West Ham after the Cup heroics and Morrison appears slightly overawed against his former club. Now we have to concentrate on getting points from the next two home games and the six-pointer at Fulham over the festive period, hopefully playing with a lot more passion in front of two sell-out crowds.

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