United tackle Zola’s West Ham at Old Trafford.
By Andrew Cuff
Thursday 30 Oct 2008 11:00:00
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Tevez and Rafael squeezed into the team as now 38 year old Van der Sar stepped aside for Kuszczak in goal. The rest of the team lined up with Ferdinand, Evra, Vidic in the back alongside Rafael. Ronaldo, Nani, Anderson and Fletcher started in the midfield and Tevez started alongside Berbatov. United who have been trying to regain lost points in the Premier League could not fail against West Ham, as Ferguson meet former Chelsea player Zola as he manages West Ham.

The second goal which came in the 30th minute after Anderson fed Berbatov with the ball, after finding himself stuck between a defender and the touchline he showed his true class with a stop and flick past the defender. He was then free to cross the ball into the box where Ronaldo slide in with his second of the night.

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Berbatov came back in the second half with a full box of tricks that he opened on the West Ham players and showed how much he is settling in at Old Trafford. The second half held no sense of urgency for United and gave them a lot of time on the ball passing in an attempt to secure another goal or two. The 69th minute saw Carrick replace Fletcher and Rooney replace Nani, giving United another striking option with in form Rooney. Gary Neville got a ten minute run to the end of the half as Rafael completed 80minutes.

United finished the game with a 2 - 0 win leaving the defending champions in 6 place but with an Arsenal draw against Tottenham, Chelsea beating the ‘newbie’s’ Hull means that United are now in striking distance of 3rd place in the Premier League with the Fulham game in hand the title chase is back on for United.

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The next game is United taking on Hull City at home as the surprise of the season currently lie 2 points ahead of United, the 3pm kick off could give United another place up the Premier League table. The big match taking place on Bonfire night the 5th of November is going to be United’s trip to Celtic in the Champions League.



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