West Ham United v Manchester United – First half review: English Premier League-Part 1

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West Ham United v Manchester United – First half review: English Premier League-Part 1
The English Premier League encounter between Manchester United and West Ham United got off to a flying start at the Upton Park stadium, as the visitors took control of the game in the first 45 minutes of the match. Manchester United fielded a relatively
weakened side with was left on the bench by Sir Alex Ferguson.
On the other hand, West Ham United’s manager, Avram Grant entrusted Carlton Cole as his team’s sole striker. started for the Hammers alongside Mark Noble and Scott Parker in attack. The home side was on the back foot in the third minute
of the match, as Park Ji Sung won Manchester United’s first corner of the afternoon as his cross rebounded off on its way out of play.
The corner kick was taken by Ryan Giggs who whipped it towards Green as West Ham United escaped Manchester United’s first real attack
of the match. However, disaster struck for the visitors in the 11th minute when West Ham United counter attacked with pace.
It was Carlton Cole who held up the ball for the Hammers but his attempts to go past were shrouded in controversy, as the French full back had apparently handled the ball as he struggled to stop the Englishman in his tracks. The linesman spotted
Evra’s handball and raised his flag to signal a penalty kick for the Hammers. Mark Noble, West Ham’s captain stepped up to take the spot kick and expertly dispatched it way to make it one nil in favour of Avram Grant’s team.
Manchester United did not sit back on their laurels, and immediately tried to break forward in attack in search of an equalizer. The Red Devils almost succeeded in their endeavours as at the 17th minute mark, Antonio Valencia’s cross was expertly
cleared away by in West Ham United’s defensive line.  The ensuing set piece was taken by Ryan Giggs, but his delivery was not as accurate as expected as West Ham United cleared the ball from their penalty area courtesy of Mathew Upson’s header.



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