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West Ham United 0-2 Manchester United

By Neil JohnstonBBC Sport
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.

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.

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:

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

Substitutes

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

Man Utd

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

Substitutes

  • 3Evra
  • 13Lindegaard
  • 14Hernández
  • 17Almeida da Cunha
  • 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

  1. Post update

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

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Antonio Nocerino (West Ham United).

  5. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Substitution

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

  8. Post update

    Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Marouane Fellaini.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester United. Danny Welbeck replaces Juan Mata.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester United. Javier Hernández replaces Wayne Rooney.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Guy Demel.

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by George McCartney (West Ham United).

  14. Substitution

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

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Kevin Nolan (West Ham United).

  18. Post update

    Hand ball by Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by George McCartney.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea31216462233969
2Liverpool30205582384465
3Man City28203576274963
4Arsenal30195653341962
5Everton29159543301354
6Tottenham3016593738-153
7Man Utd30156948341451
8Newcastle30144123840-246
9Southampton3012994337645
10Aston Villa2997133238-634
11Stoke30810123244-1234
12Hull3096153237-533
13Norwich3188152648-2232
14West Ham3087153240-831
15Swansea3078154046-629
16West Brom30513123345-1228
17Crystal Palace3084181939-2028
18Sunderland2867152644-1825
19Cardiff3167182658-3225
20Fulham3173213070-4024
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