WEST HAM UNITED v MANCHESTER UNITED
FA CUP WITH BUDWEISER THIRD ROUND
SATURDAY 5 JANUARY 2013
REFEREE: MARTIN ATKINSON
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Final score - West Ham United 2-2 Manchester United
95 mins - That's full-time. So close... The replay will take place at Old Trafford on Wednesday 16 January at 8pm. We'll have ticket news as soon as we have it confirmed on whufc.com West Ham came oh so close to knocking Manchester United out of the FA Cup at the third-round stage for only the second time since Sir Alex Ferguson took charge in 1986. The fourth-round draw is tomorrow afternoon at 3.30pm on ESPN. We are ball No26. We'll have post-match reaction soon on whufc.com and West Ham TV.
94 mins - Into the final minute and the visitors are pressing for a winner. Collins has to concede a corner. Everyone is back for the Hammers... The corner is headed back to taker Giggs by Cole. He crosses again and the ball lands at the feet of Valencia at the far post. He takes a touch and fires the ball high into the Manchester United fans behind the goal.
91 mins - GOAL! Van Persie needs about 15 seconds of the four minutes to equalise. He outstrips Tomkins on to a through ball, holds off the No5 and drives the right-foot shot low past Jaaskelainen. What a sucker punch!
91 mins - We're into the first of four added minutes.
90 mins - Massive chance for Giggs, who gets in front of Demel but heads over from six yards.
90 mins - Potts concedes a throw deep inside the Manchester United half as we enter the final minute of the 90. James Collins has been voted West Ham's man of the match. No shocks there, but there have been some other big performances.
88 mins - Demel and Noble do brilliantly to win the ball back. West Ham attack and Noble and Taylor do well. Collison heads a cross back into the six-yard box, Nolan helps it on and Cole challenges De Gea for the ball, but his shot dribbles wide! Head in hands from Big Sam!
86 mins - It's one of those games where the clock seems to be ticking backwards! Another cross comes over and again it's too high. Goal kick to the Hammers.
84 mins - Jarvis does brilliantly, running 45 yards to the byline. He cuts back and is chopped down by Vidic. The defender boots the ball away and is booked. The free-kick is flicked on by Nolan and drops to Collison. He has an age to size it up, but blazes his first-time shot over.
83 mins - Collins intercepts and finds Nolan. He continues his run, but then stops. Nolan passes anyway and the ball flies away for a throw on the far side. Big Sam waves his arms wildly. He wants his players to try to put the visitors under pressure.
81 mins - The Hammers are pulled a bit out of shape during a Manchester United attack and Potts can only divert a Welbeck cross behind. The corner is deep and Demel heads behind again. The second corner is taken short and then crossed. Carlton Cole heads powerfully clear. When the next cross comes in, the Manchester United header bounces well wide.
78 mins - Giggs replaces Smalling, who sprints off. Taylor replaces Joe Cole, who doesn't sprint off. The No26 gets a standing ovation from three sides of the ground. The Manchester United fans in the Sir Trevor Brooking Stand are not so effusive in their praise for the midfielder.
77 mins - Taylor is ready to come on. Manchester United are pressing, with the Hammers sitting on the edge of their own penalty area at present. A cross comes over from deep from Van Persie, but it's over-hit. Goal kick.
75 mins - I wonder if Joe Cole will last the 90 minutes? Matt Taylor is getting ready, as is Ryan Giggs for the visitors.
73 mins - Diarra has had a good game on his return to first-team duty, but his race is run. Noble replaces him.
72 mins - Mark Noble is being readied. Before then, Welbeck somehow heads Buttner's cross over from five yards. It was high, but the striker should have hit the target.
71 mins - Good positive running from Potts, who collects and plays the ball to Nolan before latching on to the return ball. Unfortunately, the left-back is moving at such a pace that he over-runs the ball out for a goal kick. Good effort, though.
68 mins - Van Persie and Valencia are still waiting patiently to come on. Buttner wins a corner off Jarvis and the cavalry can arrive. Hernandez is replaced by Van Persie, while Valencia is on for Scholes. The corner goes behind for a goal kick.
66 mins - I think Cole had taken a knock to his face as he has changed his shirt. Anyway, he is now back on in a new shirt. Demel burrows his way forward but his cross goes behind for a goal kick. Unlucky.
65 mins - Joe Cole is down and needs the physio on. Meanwhile, Manchester United are bringing on Van Persie and Valencia.
62 mins - There is a long way to go, of course. West Ham's fans are enjoying being in the lead, though.
60 mins - Vaz Te is replaced by Matt Jarvis before the re-start. Collison jumped all over Cole after that cross.Careful Jack, we don't want him hurting himself!
59 mins - GOAL! Collins and Cole combine again! The Collison corner is cleared to Joe Cole, who ignores Collison and cuts inside on to his right foot and curls in another fantastic cross that Collins glances into the far corner. That was almost a carbon-copy goal and an absolute cracker. Joe is having a dream debut!
58 mins - West Ham escape as Tomkins makes a sliding block and Diarra brings the ball away. I'm afraid I didn't see who had the shot.
57 mins - The Coles combine. Joe drops his shoulder and then digs out a cross. Carlton glances a header towards the far corner, but De Gea dives and makes the catch.
55 mins - The crowd is 32,922. It's another sellout, again, as there is a gap between the two sets of fans that wouldn't be there for a league game. Collison has the physio on after colliding with Rafael. He seems to have hurt his chest area, but he's soon able to resume.
52 mins - A strange silence descends as Manchester United attack. Smalling crosses twice, the second time Welbeck mis-controls and the ball spins out for a goal kick.
50 mins - Vidic fouls Carlton Cole. Considering what has gone before, the centre-back is lucky to escape a booking. Anyway, the free-kick is half-cleared. Diarra finds Vaz Te, who lays back for Demel. He crosses and Tomkins' looping header is caught by De Gea.
48 mins - It's a lively start to the second period. A cross into the box flicks off a West Ham head into the path of Cleverley. This time, the No23 is a bit too casual from inside the D and the ball flies well over.
46 mins - Within 15 seconds of the re-start, Joe Cole has a decent chance. The ball forward drops to Nolan. He battles with Evans and the ball squirts out into the path of Cole, but he leans back as he shoots and the ball flies over.
Half-time score - West Ham United 1-1 Manchester United
47 mins - Good football from the hosts ends with Joe Cole whipping in another superb cross. It is headed out as far as Vaz Te. He attacks the box - not literallty - before poking the ball to Diarra. He finds Potts, but before the youngster can cross, the half-time whistle goes. Ironic boos for the whistle from the home fans. West Ham deserve to be on level terms, definitely. I can't wait for the second half.
46 mins - Into the first of two added minutes and Potts' superb ball down the line sees Carlton Cole out-muscle Vidic again. He runs into the box and cuts the ball back for Joe Cole, but it doesn't quite reach him.
45 mins - Potts throws the ball back to the opposition and Manchester United so nearly create a second. Some one-touch stuff so nearly sees Hernandez through on goal, but Collins stretches to clear.
44 mins - Nolan and Carlton Cole challenge from a long Collins free-kick. The ball is headed out to Vaz Te 22 yards out. His volley goes the same way his shot did a couple of minutes back.
42 mins - Talking of Vaz, you can read a revealing interview with him that was published in the Guardian here.
40 mins - Nolan is fouled and Collison curls in the free-kick. It is cleared but Potts is then fouled by Rafael. The Hammers take it quickly to Vaz Te, who runs forward and then clears the crossbar by some distance after being encouraged to shoot by the home fans.
39 mins - West Ham stand firm and Joe Cole finds Collins, who launches the ball upfield for Carlton Cole. He controls on his chest and spins away from Vidic before winning a throw. Great play from Coley, who is clearly trying to impress his mate Lethal Bizzle.
38 mins - Rafael is brought down rather crudely by Collison inside the centre circle. The No10 is booked.
36 mins - Collison wins a corner and he'll take it himself, but the visiting fans have kept the ball. When Collison takes the corner, some joker throws it on to the pitch. It bounces off again and play goes on. Manchester United break and Welbeck is away down the left. He cuts inside and tests Jaaskelainen with a right-footed shot. The ball drops into the centre of the penalty area and Potts smashes it away. The visitors come again and this time Vaz Te and Collins combine to clear for a throw.
35 mins - Scholes picks out Welbeck, who beats Potts in the air. The ball bounces down for Hernandez about 25 yards out, but he screws his volley high into the air and it loops over the top.
33 mins - Joe Cole takes the free-kick and Collins is there at the far post, but this time his header flashes wide of the upright.
32 mins - Joe Cole and Vaz Te has swapped flanks and it's working wonders. Demel is having a stormer too. He crosses and Collison heads back into the mixer for Nolan, who goes down as he jostles with Vidic. No penalty. West Ham attack again and Demel is fouled wide on the right.
30 mins - It's been a good cup tie. West Ham win the ball back in midfield and Diarra opens up his long legs and gallops forward before smashing a shot that flies a few yards over the top. The noise inside the stadium has gone up a few notches.
27 mins - GOAL! And that was typical Joe Cole! The free-kick is cleared left and Joe Cole collects a pass before curling in a superb cross that Collins meets with a glancing header that flashes past a rooted De Gea. Fantastic cross, fantastic header, fantastic goal.
27 mins - Vidic fouls Carlton Cole. West Ham have held their own, but that goal was typical Manchester United. Lightning-quick movement and a great finish.
24 mins - Scholes is booked for a foul on Collison about five yards outside the Red Devils penalty area. A chance for an immediate reply. Joe Cole lifts the ball in and Vaz Te wins the header, but it's lacking power and an easy catch for De Gea.
23 mins - GOAL! Cleverley puts the visitors ahead with a clinical finish. Hernandez gets away from Tomkins and crosses low and hard. The ball goes through the legs of Collins and in front of Demel and Welbeck to the England man, who is unmarked and curls his first-time shot past Jaaskelainen. That was a very good, controlled finish.
21 mins - Joe Cole pops up in the centre and shoots. It deflects off Evans to Demel, who wins a corner off Buttner. Collison's initial delivery is cleared, but Carlton Cole collects the ball when it comes back into the middle. He hooks on for Nolan, but the skipper is offside. His shot is saved by De Gea, anyhow.
20 mins - Buttner takes the corner. Vidic powers the header down and Potts hacks off the line. Close! Demel would have been distraught if that had gone in.
19 mins - Danger. Diarra is penalised for a foul on Rafael about 35 yards out in a central position. Scholes lifts the ball over but it's going away for a goal kick until Demel needlessly volleys behind for a corner.
17 mins - It's livening up, that's for sure. Vaz Te's cross is too high. Collison collects and whips the ball in right-footed, but it's cleared.
16 mins - Manchester United have the ball in the net through Welbeck, but Hernandez is caught offside before he squares for the England striker.
15 mins - Another chance. A long ball forward bounces over Carlton Cole and Nolan swings his right foot at the ball no further than six yards out, but doesn't make contact. He was outside the left-hand post and maybe should have gone with his left. De Gea collects.
13 mins - Vaz Te beats his man and is brought down, but Mr Atkinson rightly waves play on. Collison collects and runs forward down the heart of the pitch before shooting over with his left foot from 25 yards. Promising stuff.
11 mins - West Ham threaten. Nolan wins a tackle and finds Carlton Cole. He spreads the play wide right and Demel crosses too deep. Joe Cole retrieves and finds Potts, who wins a corner. Collison's corner is superb, Diarra heads down and Scholes clears off the line. The ball goes sideways and Carlton Cole is there, but Vidic makes a magnificent headed clearance from under his own crossbar. The ball goes behind for a goal kick off a West Ham player. So close to an opening goal for the home side.
9 mins - The pressure is building. Smalling loses Joe Cole and is in behind the defence. He hits a volleyed first-time cross into the middle, but it's too strong for Hernandez, who cannot reach the ball on the slide. Good ball for Smalling by Scholes, that was.
8 mins - West Ham attack down their left. Potts rolls the ball into Nolan outside the box. He turns but cannot hold off Vidic, who passes back to De Gea. The Spaniard clears. There is a decent atmosphere inside the stadium, as you would expect.
6 mins - Joe Cole gets a round of applause for closing down Rafael and then again when he is fouled by Smalling inside his own half. The Academy graduate is as popular as they come in these parts.
5 mins - Kagawa and Welbeck combine inside the West Ham penalty area but a loose touch from the Japan midfielder sees West Ham clear their lines. The visitors are having almost all the possession so far.
4 mins - Carlton Cole is working hard in the early running. He closes down Vidic and forces the Serb to pass back to his goalkeeper. It's been an under-stated start to the game.
2 mins - The visitors have the first attack of any record. Cleverley tries to roll in Hernandez, but the pass is too strong and Jaaskelainen is out smartly to slide on the turf and collect.
5.15pm - Manchester United kick-off, but not before Joe Cole receives a massive ovation from the home fans on his return.
5.11pm - Here come the two teams...!
5.08pm - Of course, most of the other third-round ties have now been played today. Hammers loanee and former Red Devil Ravel Morrison played for 85 minutes in Birmingham City's 1-1 draw at Leeds United. Rob Hall was not eligible to play under the terms of his loan, with the same being the case for Stephen Henderson at Ipswich Town. Blair Turgott was a 77th-minute substitute for Bradford City in their 2-0 defeat at Barnet in League Two. Paul McCallum was the hero of the day, scoring AFC Wimbledon's winner in a 1-0 League Two victory at Rochdale.
5pm - Here goes Lethal Bizzle, who is also trying to get himself through to the FA Cup final! The FA are holding a competition among musical artists to find one who will sing as the teams enter the pitch for the FA Cup final. It's all music here these days... One Pound Fish Man one week, Lethal Bizzle the next!
5pm - We're going to be entertained by Lethal Bizzle shortly. Before then, I can tell you that Alou Diarra is making his first appearance since the 2-0 Capital One Cup victory over Crewe Alexandra on 28 August. Dan Potts is back in the starting XI after returning from a loan spell at Colchester United.
4.55pm - The fourth-round draw will take place tomorrow, with West Ham or Manchester United ball No26. How fitting! If the game finishes in a draw, the replay will take place at Old Trafford on Wednesday 16 January, with kick-off at 8pm.
4.30pm - Sorry for the delay! Team news is in... Joe Cole makes his second debut!
West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Collins, Tomkins, Potts, Diarra, Nolan, Collison, Joe Cole, Vaz Te, C.Cole
Subs: Spiegel, Reid, Jarvis, Taylor, Noble, Spence, E.Lee
Manchester United: De Gea, Rafael, Evans, Smalling, Buttner, Vidic, Scholes, Cleverley, Kagawa, Welbeck, Hernandez
Subs: Lindegaard, Ferdinand, Valencia, Giggs, Young, Van Persie, Macheda
4pm - Just 15 minutes until the team news is announced. One player who is in the stadium but will not be featuring this afternoon is former Manchester United and England midfielder David Beckham, who is here to watch the game! Beckham was welcomed to the Boleyn Ground by West Ham's player liaison officer and England team chef Tim De'Ath.
Good afternoon and welcome to the Boleyn Ground for today's eagerly-anticipated FA Cup with Budweiser third-round tie between West Ham United and Manchester United.
Both clubs come into the tie on the back of New Year's Day victories in the Barclays Premier League - West Ham 2-1 at home to Norwich City and Manchester United 4-0 on the road at Wigan Athletic. The Red Devils' win maintained their seven-point lead at the top of the table.
The Hammers will begin their quest for a fourth FA Cup to add to the trophies they won in 1964, 1975 and 1980 against a club who have won more FA Cups (eleven) and more FA Cup ties (224) than any other club. West Ham have won 132 ties in total.
Today's tie marks the eighth occasion on which the two clubs have drawn one another in the FA Cup. West Ham hold the all-time edge, having advanced four times to Manchester United's three.
The Hammers beat Manchester United 3-1 in an FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough on 14 March 1964. Ronnie Boyce scored twice before Geoff Hurst completed the victory with a late strike, while Denis Law was on target for the Red Devils. West Ham would go on to defeat Preston North End 3-2 at Wembley to lift the trophy for the first time in their history. Bobby Moore is pictured holding the FA Cup aloft!
Manchester United have defeated West Ham twice on their way to lifting the FA Cup, winning a third-round meeting 2-0 at Old Trafford on 8 January 1983. The Red Devils would beat Brighton & Hove Albion after a replay in the final. Steve Coppell and Frank Stapleton got the goals. Two years later, a Norman Whiteside hat-trick and Mark Hughes goal saw the Red Devils triumph 4-2 in a sixth-round meeting at the Boleyn Ground before they went on to beat Everton 1-0 in the final. Alan Dickens and a Graeme Hogg own-goal replied for the Hammers.
The most recent knockout fixture played between the two clubs was a Carling Cup quarter-final at the Boleyn Ground on 30 November 2010. Former Manchester United player Jonathan Spector and Carlton Cole each scored twice in a famous 4-0 Hammers victory.
Team news-wise, West Ham will more than likely field new signing Joe Cole, who has rejoined the Hammers after leaving Liverpool in midweek. He will wear his old No26 shirt. However, fellow new boys Marouane Chamakh (No29) and Sean Maguire (No24) will not feature. Youngsters Elliot Lee (No41), Sebastian Lletget and George Moncur are again included in the squad, but the returns of Kevin Nolan and James Collins from suspension mean they are less likely to be included in the final matchday 18.
Injury-wise, Mohamed Diame (hamstring) and Andy Carroll (knee) are both near to a return to light training, leaving only George McCartney (knee) as the only long-term absentee. Ricardo Vaz Te and Jack Collison are both expected to keep their places.
For Sir Alex Ferguson, Michael Carrick, Patrice Evra and Robin van Persie all in line for a rest, but defenders Phil Jones and Nemanja Vidic both return to the squad. Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa could start along with Tom Cleverley, and changes are expected elsewhere. However, Wayne Rooney (knee) has been ruled out while Nani (hamstring) is still missing.
Finally, a few pieces of news -
*All standard and ambulant tickets for the trip to Fulham on 30 January have now sold out.
*The FA Youth Cup fourth-round tie versus Tottenham Hotspur will take place at the Boleyn Ground on Tuesday 22 January at 7pm. Admission will be charged at £3 Adults and £1 Concessions.
*West Ham United Ladies travel to London Corinthians in the FA Women's Cup second round proper on Sunday 6 January, with kick-off at the Erith Stadium at 1pm.
The team news will be confirmed at 4.15pm and published first on the club's official twitter feed.