Full Time: West Ham 1-2 Man United


FT: West Ham 1-2 Man United

Man United to play Everton in the FA Cup Semis

Marcus Rashford brilliance gives United the lead

Fellaini deflects in a second

Tomkins nods in goal for West Ham

Kouyate goal disallowed for offside

The bigger the text, the bigger the chance!


Full Time: After an incredible night of football, Man United come out on top after a beautiful finish from Marcus Rashford and a Fellaini goal. West Ham fought their hardest and got one back through James Tomkins, and put 90 minutes energy into the last 10. However, David De Gea made a number of unbelievable saves and that was the difference. West Ham fans can go home proud of the effort their team have put in, in the last cup match at Upton Park, despite the result.

94′ Emenike cuts the ball back… but De Gea collects it. We are into ‘Fergie Time’

94′ Randolph lumps it forward, but a combination of Carroll and Kouyate can only put it out for a goal kick. Man of the match? It has to be the lively Marcus Rashford, who scored a beautiful goal.

93′ And it comes out to Noble who scuffs his volley wide! Have West Ham blown it?

92′ West Ham win a free kick in an incredible position, perfect for Payet. He steps up…

But it is deflected off the wall and out for a corner!

91′ Four minutes added on, as West Ham send ball after ball into the box.

89′ Two Man United defenders can’t clear and Kouyate forces a world class save from De Gea, before Carroll smashes it goal wards and De Gea makes another incredible save. Kouyate then puts the ball in the net, but the flag is up and the goal is disallowed. A rollercoaster ride at the Boleyn Ground!

88′ Andy Carroll leaps above half a dozen players and powers it goal wards, but is a whisker wide. So close! Both sets of players are giving everything!

85′ You have to praise Louis Van Gaal for his trust in youngsters – so many have made their debuts this season and quickly become star men in the line up. It’s very brave from the Dutch boss, and has been one rare plus point about his time in charge.

84′ United have a free kick by the corner flag, and they look for Fellaini, but his knock down is again towards nobody.

82′ Emenike turns and shoots from a crazy position, and it flies into the stands. Anyway, West Ham are now the most likely to score and take this tie to extra time.

80′ Clever ball goes into the United box from Payet, who has moved central, which is knocked back to De Gea by Smalling. All West Ham’s now!

79′ GOAL! From the second corner, Carroll knocks it down, and Tomkins shows incredible bravery to dive in and nod it into the net. Fellaini and the rest of the United defence switched off and all the momentum is with West Ham now!

78′ Payet’s low corner to the near post is poked on by Antonio but De Gea somehow manages to keep it out. Stunning save!

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76′ However, West Ham’s free kick comes to nothing. West Ham come again and there is a tussle in the box, but Roger East deems it not enough for a penalty. West Ham are rallying and aren’t going down without a fight.

75′ Ander Herrera, who has just been booked, is hurt and then brings down Antonio – he is lucky to not be sent off. Mark Noble then carries him off the pitch, to huge cheers from the West Ham faithful.

73′ Lanzini twists and turns, but his short is blocked by Blind and De Gea can collect. Herrera is then booked for a high boot. Lanzini goes off to rapturous applause and is replaced by Emmanuel Emenike.

71′ Lingard squeezes it past Ogbonna after brilliant play from Fosu-Mensah, but Martial can’t quite reach it. United are buoyed by their second goal and they look the most likely to get another goal.

70′ United fans chanting that they are going to Wembley, and you can’t really argue with them. United get another corner, and play it short. They work the ball into Lingard, but again Randolph is in the right place to block him off.

67′ GOAL! Fellaini doubles United’s lead, and it’s more luck than skill this time. Martial brings down a cross but fires his shot against Tomkins. However, the spinning ball hits the onrushing Fellaini on the knee and from 2 yards out in spins into the net! West Ham now have a momentous task, but you have to credit United for their performance and their courage to come to such a fortress and dominate.

65′ A tussle involving Lanzini on the ball results in just a corner, which Fellaini heads away.

64′ Victor Moses has come on for Enner Valencia, and that has injected some pace into West Ham’s attack.

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63′ Man United try to set Rashford away again, but Darren Randolph smothers the ball.

62′ Kouyate fires a shot over the bar – it was venomous but it was always rising. Remember, the winner of this will play Everton at Wembley, and if United don’t progress it will mean the first time since before the Ferguson era that they haven’t won a major trophy for three years.

61′ Fiery tackles going in all over the park, the Rashford goal and the resulting chances have ripped apart the tight first half and replaced it with a high tempo, enthralling contest!

57′ This game has burst into life, the atmosphere is electric. West Ham have a penalty shout, but Roger East deems Blind’s challenge on Payet as fair. There is contact, and in my opinion that should have been a penalty to West Ham.

56′ As I said in the first half, this game needed something special to unlock it, and now it is open, end-to-end. West Ham test De Gea down one end, before Lingered plays in a great ball across the face but there is no-one there.

54′ GOAL! This fella is something special. Marcus Rashford picks it up, brings it inside the box, shimmies and bends a beauty into the top right corner of the net. Right in the postage stamp! A special goal for United, and from the way this half has begun, it is no less than they deserve.

50′ A vicious strike from Lingered is straight into the side netting. All United so far this half.

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47′ We are back underway in London, with United starting positively.

 

HALF TIME – Andy Carroll is booked for a bad tackle shortly before the half time whistle. At the break, it is 0-0 and is an intriguing contest. Louis van Gaal will be the happier manager so far.

3′ And in Lisbon, an early Benfica free kick is straight at Neuer.

3′ We are underway in Madrid, and Gabi snatches at an early chance, sending it way wide. 

45′ United have done very well to take the sting out of the game here, the atmosphere has drooped a little and the away side have posed a constant threat going forward.

43′ One last Jeddy thought before bedtime!

Both teams are creating chances now, I was wrong when I said United won’t get a goal in the whole game, I will stick with my prediction at the start – 1-1 with West Ham wining on penalties. Unfortunately I have to go to bed now, but Gouis23 will keep you company throughout the rest of the evening. Goodnight!

42′ Fosu-Mensah skims in a low cross, which Rashford mis-hits wide. If only he caught that well, it would’ve been spectacular.

40′ Brilliant build-up by United. The ball is pulled back to Herrera, who lets it run to Martial, who’s shot is blocked. It comes out to Michael Carrick, who’s volley is driven narrowly wide.

38′ West Ham have another free kick, with Payet naturally standing over it. However, he drills it too far and it goes straight out. He should be doing better, a player of his calibre.

35′ United’s two youngsters combine, Rashford setting through Lingered 1 on 1, but Jesse Lingard’s shot is weak and straight at Randolph. Big chance. West Ham leaving themselves exposed at the back.

33′ Man United win another corner, but again West Ham dominate in the air and put it out for yet another corner. This time, Carroll is the man who clears it.

32′ Lanzini is set through, but the United defence crowd him out and put it out for a throw.

31′ Carroll pokes it through to Valencia, who is making runs from his wide position into the centre, but again he rolls it into the keeper’s gloves!

27′ Yes. But, the ball drops down to Lanzini who completely skies it! Here is what Jeddy has to say;

West Ham have been really pressing high so far, Man United are struggling to keep the ball. But still Man United are getting into this game a bit more.

26′ Michael Carrick gets the first booking of the game, blocking off Dmitri Payet. Free kick just outside the shooting range of Payet?

24′ A great whipped ball in to Carroll, who knocks it down but there is nobody there to apply the finish. 

23′ A quarter of the game gone and it has been interesting, but not enthralling. You get the feeling it needs a moment of magic to spark it into life. Step forward, Dmitri Payet?

21′ Exciting from Marcus Rashford, who shows good movement and great skill to win another corner, but yet again the big West Ham side deal with the danger.

18′ United are growing into this game, and Rashford slices open the West Ham defence but Fellaini’s effort is tipped over by Randolph! Again, though, the corner comes to nothing.

15′ West Ham are playing good stuff, but seem vulnerable on the break. A blocked Rashford effort results in a corner, which is easily cleared.

11′ A gorgeous reverse ball from the lively Lanzini, intended for Noble, doesn’t quite make it. All West Ham so far, and I have a feeling it will be this way for some time. Here is what our expert, Jeddy, has to say;

It’s all West Ham so far, Man United haven’t had a single shot at goal yet. I doubt Man United will score at all this game.

9′ De Gea, anticipating a cross, was standing at his far post and Payet tried to smartly beat him, but De Gea was alert and comfortably collected the ball.

8′ But West Ham come again, and win another set piece in a similar position after a foul on Payet…

7′ A silly free-kick given away by Man United, and now you have one of the best free kick takers trying to find one of the best headers of a ball in the game. It bobbles around in the box however, before being cleared.

4′ Lanzini sets Enner Valencia away past Fosu-Mensah, but Valencia’s shot is weak and straight at David de Gea.

1′ West Ham kick off, and immediately attack, an Antonio cross well cleared for a corner. Payet aims for Carroll, of course, but it comes to nothing.

6.55 – West Ham legend Sir Trevor Brooking said this about Upton Park;

Evening games at Upton Park have always been great. 

We have had some good moments this season but probably the goal in extra time against Liverpool in the FA Cup was a special moment. 

Tonight it is Manchester United and having gone there and got the draw, everyone is hoping the Hammers can get through to the semi-finals.

6:39 – My expert friend, Jeddy, will be staying up for the first half of the cup game, and will be watching it and assisting me. Here is his thoughts ahead of kick-off in 20 minutes time:

It’s a big game. Two very similar teams in quality are battling it out tonight, and also they are quite tight in the Premier League – 5th and 6th. If I had to guess, I’d go for a 1-1 draw, with a West Ham win on penalties.

6:29 – It is quite a sentimental evening for the Hammers, as this will be their last ever cup tie at the Boleyn Ground/Upton Park. Here is Manchester United’s starting 11:

Man Utd XI: De Gea, Fosu-Mensah, Smalling, Blind, Rojo, Carrick, Fellaini, Lingard, Herrera, Martial, Rashford.   

Wayne Rooney is on the bench on his return from injury, as is Mata. Fellaini starts, perhaps trying to counter the aerial threat that Andy Carrol poses. Fosu-Mensah also starts after his good performance against Spurs. West Ham have gone for this team:

West Ham XI: Randolph, Antonio, Tomkins, Ogbonna, Creswell, Kouyate, Noble, Valencia, Lanzini, Payet, Carroll

Darren Randolph comes in for Adrian in goal. Andy Carroll is rewarded for his superb hat-trick against Arsenal with a start, so it looks like Enner Valencia will play out wide. Antonio starts again as a full-back though he struggled defensively against the Gunners. Dmitri Payet will be the danger man tonight.

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6:21 – Tonight, West Ham host Man United in the FA Cup Quarter Final replay, with both teams trying to reach Wembley where they’ll play Everton. 

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