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West Ham United 0-2 Manchester United

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney celebrates scoring against West Ham United

Wayne Rooney scored two goals, including an exquisite lobbed finish, as Manchester United overcame Robin van Persie's absence to win at West Ham.

Rooney, now third in United's all-time goalscorers list on 212, put his side ahead with a stunning lob from just inside the Hammers' half.

The England striker doubled the lead after Mark Noble's attempted clearance fell straight to Rooney to steer home.

West Ham were poor, Andy Carroll's tame header the closest they came to a goal.

West Ham 0-2 Man Utd: David Moyes lauds 'fantastic' Rooney goal

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West Ham 0-2 Man Utd: David Moyes lauds 'fantastic' Rooney goal

United manager David Moyes, without Netherlands striker van Persie for up to six weeks due to a sprained knee, has had little to smile about this season.

But Rooney's spectacular eighth minute finish had the Scot out of his seat in the dug-out applauding a truly wonderful goal.

There were shades of David Beckham's memorable finish from the halfway line for United against Wimbledon in 1996 as Rooney, spotting Adrian well off his line, outmuscled James Tomkins before unleashing a brilliant lob which sailed over the goalkeeper and into the net.

This was United's ninth Premier League win away from Old Trafford, where the Red Devils return on Tuesday for the Manchester derby.

While United's domestic home form - five defeats in 14 games - continues to frustrate Moyes, he is at least finding some solace on the road.

Former Manchester United and England player David Beckham
Former Manchester United player David Beckham was at Upton Park with his sons Brooklyn and Romeo to watch his old club win. Beckham was seen applauding Rooney's spectacular goal which had shades of his famous finish from the halfway line against Wimbledon in 1996.

With Beckham and England manager Roy Hodgson in the Upton Park main stand, United carried on where they left off after reviving their Champions League campaign at Olympiakos' expense on Wednesday.

Rooney's spectacular finish set the tone for a comfortable victory to move back to within three points of fifth spot in the table.

The Hammers should have equalised in the 15th minute.

But Carroll, who was unmarked, spurned a glorious chance to give Hodgson a reminder of his goalscoring prowess ahead of the World Cup when he headed straight at David De Gea from close range.

United, who had Michael Carrick as a makeshift centre-back in the absence of the injured Rio Ferdinand and suspended Nemanja Vidic, carried a threat each time they went forward.

Shinji Kagawa, on only his eighth league start of the campaign, forced a fine save from Adrian before the Spaniard beat away a goal-bound shot from countryman Juan Mata.

But United, who also recalled Alexander Buttner, Marouane Fellaini, Darren Fletcher and Ashley Young, established a two-goal cushion in the 33rd minute.

Moments after the Hammers had claims for a penalty waved away when Noble went to ground under a Fletcher challenge, Young powered deep into West Ham's half.

His cross fell to Noble who could only kick the ball into Rooney's path and the United man made no mistake from close range.

West Ham 0-2 Man Utd: Modest Rooney describes stunning lob

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Modest Rooney on 'nice' goal

West Ham still have to secure their Premier League survival and face Liverpool (home), Arsenal (away) and Manchester City (away) before the end of the season.

Sam Allardyce can only hope his team can raise their game after a limp performance.

The damage had already been done when Fellaini crashed to the ground inside the West Ham penalty area after Antonio Nocerino's challenge in the closing stages.

But there were few complaints from the visitors when referee Lee Mason waved away their appeals. United had the points safely in the bag.

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce:

West Ham 0-2 Man Utd: Sam Allardyce says Hammers 'deservedly' beaten

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West Ham 0-2 Man Utd: Sam Allardyce on 'deserved' defeat

"The first goal knocked the stuffing out of us.

"It's such a wonderful goal, you've got to admire the finish, but to get off to a start like that when we were looking forward to this game, having won the last three at home and trying to get more points on the board.

"Straight away you're 1-0 down against a side that have got an abundance of talent.

"I definitely thought there was a foul [leading up to the first goal].

"When the ball comes forwards, James Tomkins is going to try and win it. Wayne, not making an attempt for the ball, pushes him with his left arm."

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Line-ups

West Ham

  • 13Adrián
  • 20Demel
  • 3McCartney
  • 16Noble
  • 19CollinsBooked at 33mins
  • 5Tomkins
  • 21DiaméSubstituted forJarvisat 58'minutes
  • 14TaylorBooked at 39minsSubstituted forNocerinoat 83'minutes
  • 9Carroll
  • 4NolanSubstituted forColeat 72'minutes
  • 23Downing

Substitutes

  • 2Reid
  • 7Jarvis
  • 8Armero
  • 22Jääskeläinen
  • 24Cole
  • 26Cole
  • 47Nocerino

Man Utd

  • 1de Gea
  • 2RafaelBooked at 11mins
  • 28Büttner
  • 31Fellaini
  • 16Carrick
  • 4Jones
  • 18Young
  • 24Fletcher
  • 10RooneySubstituted forHernándezat 77'minutes
  • 8MataSubstituted forWelbeckat 78'minutes
  • 26Kagawa

Substitutes

  • 3Evra
  • 13Lindegaard
  • 14Hernández
  • 17Nani
  • 19Welbeck
  • 23Cleverley
  • 44Januzaj
Referee:
Lee Mason
Attendance:
34,237

Match Stats

Home TeamWest HamAway TeamMan Utd
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home10
Away16
Shots on Target
Home1
Away7
Corners
Home12
Away7
Fouls
Home8
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, West Ham United 0, Manchester United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, West Ham United 0, Manchester United 2.

Darren Fletcher (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Antonio Nocerino (West Ham United).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match James Tomkins (West Ham United) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United. Antonio Nocerino replaces Matthew Taylor.

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Marouane Fellaini.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Danny Welbeck replaces Juan Mata.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Javier Hernández replaces Wayne Rooney.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Guy Demel.

Ashley Young (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by George McCartney (West Ham United).

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United. Carlton Cole replaces Kevin Nolan.

Offside, Manchester United. Shinji Kagawa tries a through ball, but Wayne Rooney is caught offside.

Michael Carrick (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kevin Nolan (West Ham United).

Hand ball by Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United).

Attempt missed. Alexander Büttner (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Shinji Kagawa.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by George McCartney.

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Michael Carrick.

Foul by Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United).

Matthew Taylor (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United. Matthew Jarvis replaces Mohamed Diamé.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by James Collins.

Attempt missed. Ashley Young (Manchester United) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Shinji Kagawa with a cross.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Matthew Taylor.

Attempt blocked. Juan Mata (Manchester United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rafael.

Attempt missed. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Juan Mata with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by George McCartney.

Attempt blocked. Guy Demel (West Ham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Marouane Fellaini.

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Phil Jones.

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Rafael.

Attempt blocked. Stewart Downing (West Ham United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mark Noble.

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Ashley Young.

Attempt saved. Ashley Young (Manchester United) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Juan Mata.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by James Tomkins.

Second Half

Second Half begins West Ham United 0, Manchester United 2.

Half Time

First Half ends, West Ham United 0, Manchester United 2.

goal

As It Stood

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1Chelsea3121643969
2Liverpool3020554465
3Man City2820354963
4Arsenal3019561962
5Everton2915951354
6Tottenham301659-153
7Man Utd3015691451
8Newcastle3014412-246
9Southampton301299645
10Aston Villa299713-634
11Stoke3081012-1234
12Hull309615-533
13Norwich318815-2232
14West Ham308715-831
15Swansea307815-629
16West Brom3051312-1228
17Crystal Palace308418-2028
18Sunderland286715-1825
19Cardiff316718-3225
20Fulham317321-4024
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