A great game of football ended sour for myself and every other Hammers fan in the stadium and watching on Sky Sports or however else they were following the match. The Hammers were looking to increase their 6 league games unbeaten run, against a side who were looking for their 8th league win. The West Ham fans could all sense what a win could do and after the customary singing of “I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles”, the game got off to a lively start.
Within the first 2 minutes Carlton Cole fooled the young right back Rafael and nearly went through on goal and all the Hammers nerves settled, for players and fans alike. The constant booing when Ronaldo got the ball created a lively atmosphere and that was further livened up when Cole was sent through on goal by the young Jack Collison and Coleys chip was easily saved by Van De Sar. However it showed that we were in for the fight and we were not going to just sit back and let them come at us. Ronaldo was a constant threat on the left with Carrick and everyone else shipping the ball left with long cross field passes, it was clear that they were going to use Ronaldo a lot but Behrami was on top of him like a hound and both him and Neill managed to contain the Real Madrid I mean Man Utd player. His love of the game asmirable yet his wage packet seemed to be the fuel behind him as his cries for a hand ball went unnoticed as did his dives and sulking. This just further fuelled the booing which frustrated Ronaldo who was not able to do anything about it untill he stuck has foot out to Scholes’s skewed shot and Englands no.1 Robert Green managed to tip it over the bar. It seemed that as the half time whistle went everyone apart from Man Utd went in happy. 0-0 against the reigning Premier League champions was not bad.
The second half started with both teams not really penetrating the others defence and few chances of note were to be seen but when the goal came it was a good one. Ryan Giggs skipped away from two tackles and shot past a sea of players into Rob Green’s goal but this did not sour the Hammers attitude. Far from it, attack was the word and when Savio came on I was thrilled. His first touch was a cheeky 1-2 return pass in which he resembled Nani. However out of all the attacks there was no real chance and it probably ended as a quite comfortable victory for Man Utd as although neither team was really stretched in defence I felt that if Man Utd wanted to play it safe as the counter-attack from the Hammers was always a possibility and I was pleased with how much respect Ferguson had for Zola’s men as he fielded a very strong side and it wasn’t a walk over.
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