Manchester United travel to Upton Park on Sunday to face West Ham United in a fixture that has produced great entertainment in years gone by, including these memorable moments:
Despite David Moyes’ disappointing time as Man Utd manager last season, he had an impressive away record and they took three points on the road again in March 2014 thanks to Wayne Rooney’s brace as the hosts struggled to create many meaningful chances.
The England captain opened the scoring after eight minutes with a sublime volleyed lob from just inside the West Ham half, catching out goalkeeper Adrian. The lead was doubled on 33 minutes as he tucked the ball home from close range, and United comfortably saw the game out.
Rooney was again the star as Man Utd bounced back from a 2-0 half time deficit to win 4-2, scoring a hat-trick to defeat the lowly Hammers, who had stunned the champions-elect with two Mark Noble penalties within the first 25 minutes.
The first of Rooney’s 14-minute blitz came courtesy of a fine free-kick from just outside the penalty area, before he levelled matters with a solo effort. He then put his side ahead with a spot-kick of his own after Matthew Upson’s handball, and the win was rounded off by Javier Hernandez from close range.
A thrilling game in the East London rain saw Man Utd triumph 5-3 in March 2002 after twice falling behind in the first half. Defender Steve Lomas put the hosts in front with a terrific header, but Sir Alex Ferguson’s side were soon level through David Beckham.
Within six minutes it was 2-2 as Frederic Kanoute’s strike was cancelled out by Nicky Butt, and Man Utd took charge in the second half and went 4-2 ahead with close range finishes from Paul Scholes and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Jermain Defoe reduced the arrears, but a Beckham penalty ensured the visitors would come away with the points.
Despite the above defeats, West Ham have occasionally triumphed over the Red Devils, but the win they achieved in December 2006 was most unexpected. It was Alan Curbishley’s first game in charge of the club and they were struggling badly in the table, but Nigel Reo-Coker goal sealed a welcome three points.
The midfielder tapped the ball in with 15 minutes remaining to deny the Premier League leaders, who came close through Cristiano Ronaldo and Ryan Giggs. The goal came shortly after Bobby Zamora had missed a glorious chance when his effort was saved by Edwin van der Sar.
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