Robin van Persie scored the fastest Premier League goal this season as Manchester United beat West Ham to remain top of the table.

The Dutchman struck his 12th goal in all competitions with an effort that deflected in after just 32 seconds.

Andy Carroll volleyed off target as the visitors tried to respond, while goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen denied Javier Hernandez and Wayne Rooney.

Fortress Old Trafford

Manchester United have never lost at home in the Premier League when leading at half-time

Carlton Cole and Modibo Maiga went close, but the hosts held out.

The result maintains Manchester United's one-point advantage over Manchester City and takes them seven points clear of Chelsea and West Brom in third and fourth.

West Ham, meanwhile, drop to 10th and the season does not get any easier, with December featuring matches against Chelsea, Liverpool, West Brom, Everton, Arsenal and Reading.

While the Hammers arrived as firm underdogs, they could take heart from an impressive start to life back in the top flight.

They may also have been pleased to learn that the last promoted club to leave Old Trafford with a league victory - Bolton in 2001 - were managed by Sam Allardyce, with Kevin Nolan on the scoresheet.

'Unusual' early goal pleases Ferguson

But Allardyce and Nolan knew their current side faced a daunting assignment against a team who had won six of their previous seven top-flight games and each of their past seven against West Ham.

Indeed, West Ham's task became far tougher when Van Persie opened the scoring with some spectators still taking their seats.

Michael Carrick found his team-mate on the edge of the box and the striker lifted the ball over Winston Reid before beating Jaaskelainen with the help of a heavy deflection off James Collins.

Given that Manchester United had conceded the first goal in nine of their 13 league matches coming into this one, Van Persie's opener should have helped to settle any early nerves.

However, a line-up including five changes from the weekend failed to maintain the momentum and that gave West Ham confidence.

Resilient Hammers encourage Allardyce

Despite making four alterations of their own, the Hammers worked hard to restore parity and after Nolan put Matt Taylor's free-kick into the side-netting Carroll fired narrowly over the bar.

They lacked a cutting edge up front, though, and Jaaskelainen made a fine low save from Hernandez to keep West Ham within touching distance of their opponents going into the break.

West Ham made a positive start to the second half but, again, struggled to mount a sustained challenge.

The hosts responded by pushing forward themselves and Jaaskelainen tipped Rooney's curling strike round the post before repelling a Carrick header from Van Persie's corner.

Allardyce replaced Carroll with Cole and the substitute made an immediate impact - setting up Matt Taylor for a chance that was wasted and drawing a crucial close-range stop from Anders Lindegaard.

As the crowd grew restless another replacement, Maiga, hit an angled drive over the bar, but West Ham could not force an equaliser.

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Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Man Utd 1-0 West Ham FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Van Persie 1

    Man Utd

    Substitutes

    West Ham

    Substitutes

    Ref: JonesAtt: 75,572
    MAN UTD
    WEST HAM

    Possession

    • Man Utd 55%
    • West Ham 45%

    Attempts on target

    • Man Utd 13
    • West Ham 3

    Attempts off target

    • Man Utd 10
    • West Ham 6

    Corners

    • Man Utd 5
    • West Ham 5

    Fouls

    • Man Utd 7
    • West Ham 9
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:02 The referee brings the game to a close.
    • 90:00+0:57 Kevin Nolan takes a shot. Blocked by Chris Smalling.
    • 88:59 Phil Jones takes a shot. Blocked by James Collins. Corner taken by Ashley Young from the left by-line, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Michael Carrick goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
    • 88:15 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonny Evans by Winston Reid. Free kick taken by Phil Jones.
    • 87:19 Modibo Maiga delivers the ball, clearance by Chris Smalling.
    • 85:48 Shot on goal by Modibo Maiga from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 84:34 Guy Demel concedes a free kick for a foul on Ashley Young. Ashley Young takes the direct free kick.
    • 84:06 The referee penalises James Collins for handball. Robin van Persie takes the free kick.
    • 81:43 Direct free kick taken by Anders Lindegaard.
    • 81:43 Substitution Phil Jones joins the action as a substitute, replacing Oliveira Anderson.
    • 81:43 Oliveira Anderson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Winston Reid. A cross is delivered by James Collins, Carlton Cole takes a shot. Save made by Anders Lindegaard. Modibo Maiga is flagged offside by the assistant referee.
    • 81:13 Booking The referee books Michael Carrick for unsporting behaviour.
    • 78:08 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Matthew Taylor played to the near post, Robin van Persie makes a clearance.
    • 77:55 The ball is sent over by Guy Demel, clearance made by Danny Welbeck.
    • Correction - 76:56 James Collins takes the free kick.
    • Correction - 76:56 Substitution Danny Welbeck comes on in place of Wayne Rooney.
    • Correction - 76:56 Michael Carrick challenges Gary O'Neil unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 76:56 Direct free kick taken by James Collins.
    • 76:56 Substitution Wayne Rooney leaves the field to be replaced by Danny Welbeck.
    • 76:56 Michael Carrick concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary O'Neil.
    • 76:39 Javier Hernandez takes a shot. Save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • 75:11 Free kick taken by Jonny Evans.
    • 75:11 Substitution (West Ham) makes a substitution, with Gary O'Neil coming on for Mohamed Diame.
    • 75:11 Carlton Cole concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonny Evans.
    • 74:06 Robin van Persie takes a shot. Blocked by Guy Demel. Inswinging corner taken by Wayne Rooney from the left by-line.
    • 71:15 Oliveira Anderson takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • 70:42 The ball is swung over by Ashley Young, Joey O'Brien manages to make a clearance.
    • 69:58 Kevin Nolan sends in a cross, Shot by Matthew Taylor from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
    • 68:57 Substitution Matthew Jarvis leaves the field to be replaced by Modibo Maiga.
    • 68:57 Effort on goal by Wayne Rooney from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.
    • Correction - 66:50 Javier Hernandez has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.
    • 66:50 Rafael Da Silva takes a shot.
    • 65:20 Matthew Taylor crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing.
    • 65:20 Substitution Ashley Young is brought on as a substitute for Tom Cleverley.
    • 65:20 Oliveira Anderson challenges Guy Demel unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 64:27 The ball is delivered by Matthew Jarvis.
    • 61:45 Substitution (West Ham) makes a substitution, with Carlton Cole coming on for Andy Carroll.
    • 59:53 Chris Smalling takes a shot. Kevin Nolan makes a clearance.
    • 59:09 Corner taken by Robin van Persie played to the near post.
    • 58:54 Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • 57:19 Shot from outside the penalty box by Michael Carrick goes wide right of the goal.
    • 56:46 The ball is sent over by James Tomkins. Andy Carroll is adjudged to have handled the ball. Direct free kick taken by Anders Lindegaard.
    • 55:19 Foul by Joey O'Brien on Robin van Persie, free kick awarded. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Robin van Persie, save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • 54:08 Effort on goal by Wayne Rooney from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 53:43 Tom Cleverley takes a shot. James Collins gets a block in.
    • 52:05 Patrice Evra sends in a cross. A cross is delivered by Wayne Rooney, James Collins manages to make a clearance.
    • 50:43 Matthew Jarvis crosses the ball.
    • 49:31 Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Blocked by Winston Reid. Shot from just outside the box by Tom Cleverley goes over the bar.
    • 48:46 Guy Demel delivers the ball.
    • 48:17 Unfair challenge on Andy Carroll by Jonny Evans results in a free kick. James Collins restarts play with the free kick.
    • 47:27 Handball by Rafael Da Silva. Joey O'Brien takes the direct free kick.
    • 45:37 Mohamed Diame takes a shot. Chris Smalling gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Matthew Taylor from the left by-line to the near post, Javier Hernandez manages to make a clearance. Corner taken by Matthew Taylor, Michael Carrick manages to make a clearance.
    • 45:01 The second half begins.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:25 The first half comes to an end.
    • 45:00+0:54 Wayne Rooney takes a long range shot clearing the bar.
    • 45:00+0:20 A cross is delivered by Javier Hernandez, Robin van Persie takes a shot. Winston Reid gets a block in.
    • 44:08 Free kick awarded for a foul by Mohamed Diame on Oliveira Anderson. Direct free kick taken by Oliveira Anderson.
    • 43:33 The official flags Javier Hernandez offside. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the indirect free kick.
    • 39:35 The ball is swung over by Patrice Evra, James Collins manages to make a clearance. The ball is sent over by Robin van Persie.
    • 37:52 Patrice Evra sends in a cross.
    • 35:55 Effort on goal by Matthew Taylor from outside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • Correction - 34:56 The assistant referee flags for offside against Robin van Persie. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.
    • 34:56 Robin van Persie is ruled offside.
    • 32:25 Shot from outside the box by Oliveira Anderson misses to the left of the target.
    • 30:11 Foul by James Collins on Tom Cleverley, free kick awarded. Robin van Persie crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, Winston Reid manages to make a clearance.
    • 28:55 Javier Hernandez takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen. Corner taken by Robin van Persie from the right by-line. The ball is sent over by Robin van Persie, Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save.
    • 27:32 The ball is delivered by Rafael Da Silva, blocked by Mohamed Diame. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Robin van Persie from the right by-line, clearance by James Collins. Rafael Da Silva sends in a cross, clearance by James Collins. Oliveira Anderson takes a shot. Save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • 26:22 Shot from deep inside the area by Andy Carroll clears the bar.
    • 25:43 Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Carrick on James Tomkins. Direct free kick taken by James Collins.
    • 24:12 Matthew Jarvis delivers the ball.
    • 23:28 The ball is swung over by Tom Cleverley.
    • 21:23 Corner taken by Matthew Taylor from the left by-line, Jonny Evans makes a clearance. Corner taken left-footed by Matthew Taylor from the right by-line, save by Anders Lindegaard. The ball is swung over by Matthew Taylor, save made by Anders Lindegaard.
    • 20:20 Wayne Rooney concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy Carroll. James Collins takes the direct free kick.
    • 19:21 Matthew Jarvis produces a cross, Anders Lindegaard makes a save. Mohamed Diame challenges Wayne Rooney unfairly and gives away a free kick. Anders Lindegaard takes the free kick.
    • 16:26 Shot by Javier Hernandez from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
    • 15:23 Robin van Persie sends in a cross, clearance by Guy Demel.
    • 14:45 Centre by Oliveira Anderson, Winston Reid gets a block in.
    • 14:28 Handball decision goes against Robin van Persie. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.
    • 9:28 Foul by Rafael Da Silva on Matthew Jarvis, free kick awarded. The ball is crossed by Matthew Taylor, Kevin Nolan has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide left of the goal.
    • 7:57 The ball is sent over by Oliveira Anderson, clearance by James Tomkins.
    • 6:21 Wayne Rooney has an effort direct from the free kick.
    • 6:21 Booking The referee cautions Kevin Nolan for unsporting behaviour.
    • 6:07 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tom Cleverley by Kevin Nolan.
    • 3:58 Foul by James Tomkins on Wayne Rooney, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Wayne Rooney.
    • 3:29 Andy Carroll has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.
    • 0:32 Michael Carrick provided the assist for the goal.
    • 0:32 GOAL - Robin van PersieMan Utd 1 - 0 West Ham Robin van Persie fires in a goal from the edge of the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Man Utd 1-0 West Ham.
    • 0:00 The referee gets the match started.

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