MANCHESTER UNITED v WEST HAM UNITED
FA CUP WITH BUDWEISER THIRD-ROUND REPLAY
WEDNESDAY 16 JANUARY 2013
REFEREE: PHIL DOWD
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Final score - Manchester United 1-0 West Ham United
94 mins - Final whistle. Another frustrating and goalless night on the road for the Hammers. They could have easily got something tonight as their second half performance, but for one reason or another, just could not find the finishing touch. West Ham will need to hope for better luck on Saturday, when QPR are the visitors for a Barclays Premier League London derby. Join us then, and thanks for being with us tonight. We'll have post-match reaction soon on whufc.com and West Ham TV.
93 mins - Into the final minute and West Ham have another throw inside the home half. Can they get a cross in? O'Neil does and Tomkins wins the header, but Taylor cannot get the better of his man. The ball is cleared and Spence loses out to Chicarito. That's going to be that, I think.
91 mins - We're into three minutes of added time. West Ham need to do something special. A bit more quality in the final third and they could easily be level here. Nolan stabs the ball down the wing and Lee forces Smalling to put it out for a throw. Collison collects and then volleys high into the box. The ball drops but Lindegaard is able to gather.
89 mins - The home fans are obviously confident they are not going to concede because most of them have gone home. They miss Scholes catching Taylor with a heavy challenge, for which he is booked. Taylor needs the physio on, but is soon on his feet.
87 mins - Half the ground think Giggs has scored, but the flag had gone up ages ago for offside. Moments later, Taylor is fouled by Buttner and West Ham have a chance to deliver quality but Taylor's kick is too deep and then chance is lost.
86 mins - Carrick is making the game look easy. Twice, he drops his shoulder to turn away from O'Neil. He learnt his trade at the Academy of Football, you know!
82 mins - Can West Ham make use of that amazing let-off? They are certainly giving it a go.
80 mins - Giggs is full of running. He comes forward and crosses. Diarra heads out as far as Carrick, who slices high and wide.
79 mins - What on earth is that about? Giggs loses his man and crosses. The ball hits Spence on the arm - it is so clearly not deliberate that it isn't even funny - but Mr Dowd gives a penalty. Rooney steps up and blazes his spot-kick over the bar!
77 mins - Mr Dowd has his yellow card out again for Spence after the No27 clashes with Giggs. Before the free-kick, Scholes is on for Nani and Elliot Lee makes his debut in place of Vaz Te!
76 mins - Another decent chance goes begging. Diarra collects and beats one man before sliding the ball square for Taylor. His left foot can be lethal, but not this time. He slices well wide.
73 mins - It's another very decent half-chance for West Ham as Nolan and Vaz Te combine well. Vaz then rolls the ball to Nolan, who tries to beat his man but loses out. Frustrating! Anyway, it's not long until West Ham attack again and Buttner concedes a corner. Nolan thinks the ball has gone out for the corner and makes his feelings known. He is booked for his troubles.
71 mins - Into the final 20 minutes and a clearance hits Chicarito and bounces wide. West Ham have a lost a bit of their impetus in recent minutes.
67 mins - Carrick is on for Anderson, but not before Jaaskelainen makes a good save to deny Chicarito as he latched on to Rooney's low cross.
65 mins - A double change from the Hammers. Nolan and Collison are on for Cole and Diame. Can West Ham keep up the pressure with two new faces on the pitch?
64 mins - Another chance, this time for West Ham. Taylor latches on to Vaz Te's back heel but shoots over with his right foot.
64 mins - Have Sir Alex Ferguson's men ridden out the Hammers storm? Spence concedes another corner, but again it is disappointing and cleared. Moments later, another cross comes over and Jaaskelainen shows good handling to collect low down.
62 mins - What a chance! Taylor collects after Spence's ball clears Buttner. He has Cole and Vaz Te inside the box. Instead of pulling back for the unmarked Cole, he tries to roll the ball along the six-yard box for Vaz Te and it is cleared. The home side break and Tomkins has to make a fantastic tackle to prevent Chicarito getting his shot away.
60 mins - Diame loses the ball to Buttner, then fouls the Dutchman. The cross comes in from the free-kick and Potts puts the ball out for a corner. It's a poor one and Diarra clears. The cross comes back in high and Jaaskelainen collects with both hands.
56 mins - A ball down the left initially looks to be too strong for Vaz Te, but it hits the corner flag! Vaz Te then wins a corner himself. Tomkins heads Taylor's delivery at the far post but it hits Rooney on the face and goes behind for another corner. The second flag kick lands near Reid, but his shot on the turn bounces wide. West Ham are giving this a proper go!
54 mins - Dare I say it, West Ham have been the better side since half-time. Spence nutmegs Buttner but his cross is cut out. O'Neil crosses again and when the ball is cleared, Potts is fouled by Anderson about 35 yards out. O'Neil lofts the ball in, but Reid is caught offside.
51 mins - Spence wins a corner. Taylor whips in a beauty and Manchester United are at sixes and sevens for a while before clearing. West Ham are playing well though and Cole holds up play again before Taylor sees his shot blocked away for a throw. Next up the ball is crossed in and cleared only as far as O'Neil, but his volley screws into the air and more sideways than towards the goal! Buttner volleys clear.
48 mins - West Ham are right in this game. Big Sam might have had a word at half-time. Cole brings the ball down and then wants handball against Rafael, but the referee gives nothing. Manchester United break and Diarra makes a complete hash of his attempted clearane. Chicarito is through on goal but somehow misses the target. It looked easier to score, but the No14 instead fired his shot high and wide of the angle from about 14 yards.
46 mins - West Ham kick-off but Rooney closes down Reid quickly and then Jaaskelainen shanks his kick! Nani runs at Spence, but the right wing-back holds firm and West Ham clear. Thank goodness for that!
Half-time score - Manchester United 1-0 West Ham United
46 mins - We're going to have one minute of added-time. Seeing as the Red Devils scored so early, 1-0 is not so bad. After a minute of added time, as requested, the half-time whistle blown.
45 mins - He may be 38 but Giggs is still class. He brings the ball forward about 50 yards before finding Valencia. The home side probe before finding an opening, but Anderson's control lets him down a bit before the ball hits his shin and flies behind for a goal kick.
41 mins - Giggs runs around down the left before his cross hits Spence and bounces behind for a corner. Reid wins the header, but it goes up rather than out. Eventually, West Ham clear their box but they are under the cosh. A spell of possession ends with Rooney getting a yard and shooting from 22 yards. Jaaskelainen goes low to his right to push the ball aside before pouncing on it before it can cross the line for another corner.
39 mins - Nani shoots from 30 yards but it's high and not very handsome. Goal kick.
38 mins - Tomkins puts in a thumping sliding challenge on halfway and West Ham have a chance to attack. Spence crosses and the ball drops to Taylor on the edge. Vaz Te is also there and Taylor is caught in two minds on his right foot. He didn't have time to hesitate and the chance is lost.
32 mins - Jaaskelainen judges Buttner's low cross perfectly, allowing it to clip the outside of the post on its way behind for a goal kick! The hosts are enjoying a spell of dominance here - probably their first in the game so far. The atmosphere is strange inside the stadium. I know it's cold but surely some of the Manchester United fans could sing, if only to warm themselves up! At present it is the Claret and Blue Army making all the noise.
30 mins - O'Neil's loose header leads to a corner conceded by Spence. It's taken short and when the cross comes in, Jaaskelainen fumbles and Spence has to volley clear.
29 mins - West Ham have a foray and Vaz Te has the ball inside the box. He shoots, but the ball takes a deflection and is held by Lindegaard.
28 mins - The home side have a corner as Diarra sticks out his long right leg and pokes the ball behind as Rooney tries to play in Valencia. The Red Devils come within a whisker of scoring twice from the set piece. First, the corner is taken short and Valencia tees-up Nani. His volley is superb and curling into the bottom corner before Potts somehow clears. The hosts come again and Rafael crosses for Smalling, who heads straight at Jaaskelainen from eight yards.
25 mins - Jaaskelainen gets out and collects ahead of Rooney from a through ball. The travelling fans respond with a chorus of 'Finland's Number One' - that's a new one!
23 mins - Taylor gets free in space to the left of the home penalty area. He has some team-mates to aim for in the middle, but his cross instead hits the side-netting. Taylor bangs his hands together in frustration.
22 mins - Chicarito is caught offside this time. Diarra tracks him and bundles the striker over inside the box, but thankfully it doesn't matter as the flag is up.
21 mins - O'Neil is fouled by Anderson about 40 yards out. O'Neil himself curls the ball in and Cole challenges repeatedly in the air before being blown for a foul. It's been a frustrating opening 20 minutes or so for the striker. He's had the ball in some decent areas.
19 mins - Diame has a go from 25 yards and it is deflected wide for a corner. O'Neil will take it... The initial delivery is good, but the home side clear their lines as far as Taylor. He crosses left-footed but it's too low and again the hosts get it away.
17 mins - West Ham probe and knock the ball around outside the home box. Spence crosses, but it's cleared. Diame tries to roll one in for Cole, but Smalling anticipates and steps in. Everything is running out of steam on the edge of the penalty area for now. At least West Ham are getting numbers forward, though. They are giving it a go.
13 mins - West Ham need to come from behind again if they are to get through to the fourth round. They won't if they keep allowing the home side this much space. This time it is Nani who attacks from a similar area to where Chicarito started his run. The Portuguese runs at Spence and elects to shoot, but he gets nothing on his shot and Jaaskelainen collects.
9 mins - GOAL! Chicarito runs off Tomkins and collects a pass from Anderson level with the left edge of the box about 35 yards out. He runs into the penalty area clear of the defence before squaring for Rooney to slide in from about eight yards. Three centre-backs or no centre-backs, that was too easy. Replays show the Mexican may have been marginally offside. It's a close call.
8 mins - The ball is won back in midfield and O'Neil finds Vaz Te. He has space, but shoots tamely straight at Lindegaard from 22 yards.
6 mins - A deep cross is headed out by Tomkins as far as Buttner. He sizes up his options and then fires in a shot from about 25 yards that flies over the crossbar. Ironic cheers from the very vocal away following to my right. They enjoyed that.
3 mins - Cole wins a free-kick inside Manchester United territory. O'Neil curls it over and it initially creates some panic, but the home side eventually clear and counter. Spence does well initially to hold up Buttner and then concede a corner. Spence then completes the set by heading clear from inside his own six-yard box.
2 mins - It's 3-5-2 tonight, with Diarra lining up as the middle of three centre-backs. Vaz Te and Cole are up front. Different!
1 mins - The home side win an early corner, taken by Giggs. It's taken short and O'Neil blocks the follow-up cross away for a throw. The ball then goers behind for a goal kick. West Ham have kept it goalless longer than they did on their last visit!
8.05pm - Winston Reid leads out West Ham and, after the usual music and handshakes, we are underway with the home side kicking-off...
7.55pm - The Hammers have headed for the warmth of the Away dressing room here at Old Trafford. Suffice to say, it is rather cold here in Manchester! Old Trafford looks like it will be less than full tonight, but we will have 1,400 Hammers supporters in attendance after the club sold its allocation earlier today. Remember, the reward for a victory tonight is a home fourth-round tie against Fulham on Saturday 26 January. The Cottagers overcame Blackpool 2-1 after extra-time at Bloomfield Road last night. I bet it wasn't exactly tropical there either!+
7.45pm - For those of you wondering, Winston Reid will captain West Ham tonight for the first time - a proud moment for the New Zealand defender. Meanwhile, if you click on the Facebook link above, you can view an exclusive photo gallery from Old Trafford, which we will update regularly throughout the evening.
7.20pm - West Ham make six changes from the side that lost 3-0 at Sunderland on Saturday. In come Spence, Tomkins, O'Neil, Taylor, Vaz Te and the fit-again Diame. Out go the injured Collins, Demel, Jarvis, Collison, Nolan and Joe Cole.
Manchester United: Lindegaard, Rafael, Smalling, Jones, Buttner, Anderson, Valencia, Nani, Giggs, Hernandez, Rooney
Subs: Amos, Ferdinand, Carrick, Scholes, Kagawa, Van Persie, Welbeck
West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Spence, Tomkins, Reid, Potts, Diarra, O'Neil, Diame, Taylor, Vaz Te, C.Cole.
Subs: Spiegel, Demel, Jarvis, Collison, Nolan, Lletget, E.Lee
Good evening and welcome to Old Trafford for tonight's eagerly-anticipated FA Cup with Budweiser third-round replay between Manchester United and West Ham United.
The Hammers will resume 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.
The two sides contested an enthralling 2-2 draw in the original tie at the Boleyn Ground eleven days ago, when Robin van Persie's 91st-minute equaliser broke West Ham hearts. Before that, James Collins had scored two fine headers from Joe Cole crosses as the Hammers came from behind to lead going into the latter stages.
West Ham do hold the overall edge on Manchester United in FA Cup ties, having advanced four times to the Red Devils' three.
The Hammers famously 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.
Team news-wise, West Ham will be without James Collins, who tore his hamstring at Sunderland on Saturday. George McCartney and Andy Carroll (both knee) are still out, while Marouane Chamakh and Wellington Paulista are ineligible. Gary O'Neil and Matt Taylor are in line for starts, while George Moncur, Sebastian Lletget and Elliot Lee have travelled as part of the squad.
Manchester United welcome striker Wayne Rooney back from a knee injury suffered on Boxing Day, while Portugal winger Nani returns from a hamstring problem that has kept him out of the Red Devils' past 15 matches. However, England winger Ashley Young is definitely out with a knee injury.
The teams will be confirmed at just after 7pm and published first on the club's official twitter feed @whufc_official