West Ham United 4-0 Man Utd FT






Final score - West Ham United 4-0 Manchester United

94 mins - The final whistle is met by a loud cheer from all four corners of the ground! What a fabulous evening. Don't forget, the semi-final is live on Sky Sports tomorrow night after the Birmingham City v Aston Villa quarter-final.

93 mins - There are so many story-lines about tonight's match, and all of them are positive. It has been a fantastic evening.

92 mins - Wally Downes is still on the edge of his technical area barking out instructions. He wants a clean sheet. Faubert does work to keep it that way, cutting out Rafael's cross for a corner, which is cleared at the near post.

91 mins - We're going to have at least three more minutes. It's snowing. It's freezing cold. The roads are going to be a nightmare. But who cares?

90 mins - Reid becomes the first West Ham player booked for a foul on Obertan. The free-kick is cleared.

89 mins - Cole gets an ovation as he is replaced by Junior Stanislas. Great work tonight from the big man.

88 mins - Cole wins a free-kick deep inside United territory. Obinna takes, but it flies wide of the far post.

86 mins - Arsenal are beating Wigan Athletic 2-0 in tonight's other quarter-final. We could do with avoiding the Gunners in tomorrow night's semi-final draw. How good does that sound? 'Semi-final draw' has a lovely ring to it. West Ham are surely through to their first League Cup semi since 1989/90.

84 mins - Obinna has four assists tonight. That's some going from the No33. Giggs nearly gets one himself, but Hernandez plants his downward header wide of the post.

82 mins - Hines is fouled this time wide on the right and responds by changing his shorts! Maybe they were too big?

81 mins - Superb interplay between Hines and Boa Morte sends the striker into the box. He is challenged by O'Shea and goes to ground. Penalty? Not according to Mr Clattenburg.

79 mins - Boa Morte is fouled about 40 yards out and Obinna wants to shoot! He does and it is a mighty fine effort, flying a couple of yards over the top.

78 mins - United have a sniff, but when the ball is worked into the box, Obertan is offside.

76 mins - Hines is going to come on shortly. His last appearance was in the 4-0 defeat by Manchester United last December. What a difference a year makes! Hines is on for Barrera.

74 mins - Hernandez shoots first time from 25 yards and the ball skims a yard over the top. West Ham make their first change, replacing the fantastic Tomkins with Winston Reid. 33,551 fans have battled through the snow tonight. Superb commitment.

73 mins - A change from United. Evans is replaced by Brown

71 mins - United have a free-kick 25 yards out. Giggs lines it up before shooting into the wall. Kovac reacts quickest and hacks the ball clear.

69 mins - That is the first time Cole has scored twice in one game for the Hammers. He has only done it once before in his whole career. The last time was Chelsea's League Cup win over Gillingham on 6 November 2002.

67 mins - GOAL! Cole again! Obinna tricks Rafael twice to leave the Brazilian on the floor before feeding Cole's feet. The big forward holds off his marker before planting a left-foot shot past Kuszczak.

65 mins - Evans misjudges a long clearance and Cole challenges Kuszczak. The ball drops for the Pole and he is able to hack clear. United replace Fabio with Rafael.

64 mins - The ball is changed from white to yellow. The snow is pelting down, but it's not settling on the pitch.

63 mins - The ball spins into the West Ham box, but Macheda can't control and Green is there to gather. 

62 mins - The corner is deep and crossed back to Fletcher, but Boa Morte is there to make a fantastic block before clearing upfield.

61 mins - United haven't given up the ghost. They win a corner down the left. Giggs takes and Kovac has to head behind on the other side.

60 mins - What does Sir Alex Ferguson do here? His team have to go for broke but he doesn't have any recognised strikers on the bench.

58 mins - The crowd are singing 'Que Sera Sera...' It may be a bit premature, but surely the Hammers have one foot in the semi-finals now.

56 mins - GOAL! Cole! A quick free-kick from Ben Haim sends Obinna clear down the left. He takes a touch, looks up and picks out Cole, who bursts past the United defence to bury a downward header past Kuszczak. Every West Ham player bar Green runs to celebrate with the big No9. Great goal!

54 mins - The visitors are turning up the heat on West Ham here and Boa Morte has to be strong inside his own penalty area to cut out a pass towards Obertan.

53 mins - Obinna cuts out an O'Shea clearance and finds Spector. He plays the ball into Cole, but the striker can't control.

51 mins - Green gets lucky! His clearance hits Macheda and spins towards Hernandez, but the No1 wins the ball back with a slide tackle! United come again and win a corner off Boa Morte. It is headed clear to Fletcher, who volleys over the top.

49 mins - Faubert launches the ball down the right and West Ham win a throw, but Evans is there to slide in with a strong tackle.

48 mins - Anderson nips in and gets goal-side of Kovac, but Upson is there on the edge of the penalty area. Strong defending from the captain.

47 mins - Boa Morte does well against Fabio down the left before forcing Smalling to hack out for a throw.

46 mins - Manchester United have made a half-time change. Bebe is off and Federico Macheda is on. West Ham will kick-off.

Half-time score - West Ham United 2-0 Manchester United

48 mins - We are still playing here but Tomkins does well to head clear in front of Hernandez and referee Clattenburg blows for half-time.

47 mins - Upson needs the physio on to look at his right calf, I think it is. He went in hard on a United player just there. He looks as if he'll be fine to continue.

47 mins - United come forward and get in behind the West Ham midfield. The ball hits a couple of defenders and falls to Bebe, but he lashes it miles over the top.

46 mins - We're going to have THREE added minutes at least. Well, we will as soon as the home fans have given Fabio the ball to take a throw-in.

45 mins - For those who might think Spector scored in the 5-0 win at Derby County in 2007/08, that goal was later rescinded by the Dubious Goals Panel and awarded to Rams midfielder Eddie Lewis.

43 mins - Giggs whips in a free-kick from the right and Cole glances it behind for a corner. It's taken short and worked to Fabio, whose cross is deflected and looks to be looping over Green, only for the keeper to flick it away. Kovac completes the clearance. Fabio was hurt crossing that ball and needs some treatment.

42 mins - So close to a third for the hosts as Obinna lets fly with his left foot, but Kuszczak is there to dive to his left and push the ball aside.

41 mins - The crowd erupt as Green plunges on a ball inside his box. I don't blame them. This is some game so far.

40 mins - United come forward and a cross finds Bebe at the far post, but his header is weak and easily caught by Green.

37 mins - GOAL! He waited 97 games for one goal and now Spector has two in 15 minutes! The No18 bursts forward from midfield and plays the ball into the box. It is blocked by a sliding defender but the ball just sits where it is. Spector continues his run and latches on to it before blasting past Kuszczak with his left foot from ten yards.

36 mins - Obinna fires the ball across at shoulder height. It misses the first man and Tomkins is there, but he can't direct his header on target.

35 mins - Boa Morte gets away down the left before Fabio climbs all over him. Again the referee decides a free-kick is punishment enough.

33 mins - Good play by Boa Morte to find Cole, who spins and sends Barrera away. The Mexican crosses but Smalling gets in ahead of Cole before Obinna wins a corner. It is taken short and cleared at the near post.

32 mins - Good game this. Obertan gets free down the inside-left channel and crosses to the far post for Giggs. The captain heads back across goal, but Green is there to cling on.

31 mins - United full-backs Fabio and O'Shea have swapped flanks. Barrera springs forward but his pass for Cole is behind the striker. Shame.

27 mins - By the way, that was Spector's first goal for the club on his 97th appearance for the Hammers. Of course, the goal also comes against the American's former club.

26 mins - Spector picks out Barrera with a peach of a pass. The Mexican is held up by Fabio, but Boa Morte is there. His shot is blocked and falls to Cole, but the No9 is offside.

25 mins - Faubert gives the ball away in midfield and United break. Bebe brings the ball forward but balloons his shot miles over from 30 yards.

24 mins - United come forward immediately and Upson slices behind for a corner. Giggs to take... But not before Clattenburg talks to Green and some other players inside the six-yard box. Giggs eventually takes and Cole heads clear.

22 mins - GOAL! That one counts!"Spector! Boa Morte bursts forward and finds Cole inside the box. He lays it off to Obinna, who clips a cross in and Spector dives to head the ball past Kuszczak.

20 mins - It's getting tasty out there as O'Shea hauls back Boa Morte on halfway. Free-kick but no booking for the Irishman.

19 mins - The crowd don't like it, but another replay suggests Clattenburg was right to rule the goal out. The referee explains his decision to Avram Grant.

16 mins - OK! Massive controversy here. Spector brings the ball forward 40 yards before finding Obinna. He takes a touch and shoots, but the ball hits Spector before flying past Kuszczak. After originally awarding the goal, the referee consults with his assistant and disallows the goal for offside. Replays suggest that the American may have been standing in an offside position when the ball hit him. I'd have to see it again, though.

15 mins - Anderson gets past Kovac and feeds Obertan, who crosses high. Green is there to catch the ball above his head.

14 mins - The visitors are using a 4-3-3 formation, with Hernandez leading the line and being supported by Obertan and Bebe. Giggs is at the front of the midfield three, with Fletcher and Anderson sitting deeper.

11 mins - Ben Haim picks out Obinna, who beats O'Shea before steadying himself and making room for a cross. He finds Barrera, who stabs the ball to Kovac, but the Czech can't keep his shot down from 25 yards.

9 mins -  Faubert gets lucky. Obertan robs him as he tries to usher the ball out and crosses. Green gets a touch, but United retrieve possession and work it to Bebe, whose shot is too close to Green.

7 mins - Oooh! Obertan works some space in the box and shoots low. Green dives to his right and diverts the ball onto the base of the post. The ball rolls back across the six-yard line and Tomkins gets there first to hack the ball clear. So close for United.

6 mins - Tomkins searches out for Cole, who flicks on and Smalling is forced to smash the ball out for a throw inside the United half. The visitors break and Anderson tries to find Bebe, but Upson is there.

5 mins - West Ham have made the brighter start. The midfield duo of Kovac and Spector are working very hard.

3 mins - Nice interplay involving Barrera and Kovac ends with Faubert winning another corner, but again it is headed clear before Bebe hacks the ball into the air. Barrera and Faubert try and work some space, but the ball goes behind for a goal kick.

2 mins - Boa Morte takes a pass from Cole and throws a cross into the box, where Barrera wins a corner off Fabio. The delivery is to the near post and headed clear, though.

1 min - O'Shea launches the ball down the right and Upson clears. Bebe then takes on the skipper, but he stands firm and wins a throw.

7.45pm - Manchester United will get things underway...

7.44pm - The eleven home mascots have their photos taken in the centre circle. A few of them are doing exercises on the spot to keep warm! I don't blame them. Captains Matthew Upson and Ryan Giggs join referee Mark Clattenburg for the pre-match coin toss. West Ham will kick towards the Sir Trevor Brooking Stand end of the stadium.

7.42pm - 'Bubbles' starts to play and the two teams enter the arena. The snow is coming down, creating a really fantastic scene. The home fans are in superb voice, as you might expect. To be fair to United, they have brought loads of fans with them. That is a fantastic effort. Their end is virtually full.

7.40pm - Tonight marks a great opportunity for some of Avram Grant's fringe players to make a name for themselves. Manchester United have great recent pedigree in this competition, but their run of victories has got to end at some stage, so why not tonight? The two teams are in the tunnel ready to make their entrance. The atmosphere is building nicely. In fact, you might even say it's really hotting up...

7.35pm - The snow is falling again here at the Boleyn Ground. It really is a fantastic evening for football. You've got to love this! The only notable victim of the cold weather is assistant referee Ron Ganfield, who was unable to make it tonight. His place on the line is taken by Mike Bull. It looks like most supporters have made it to the stadium in one piece. Well done to each and every one of them!

Good evening and welcome to a cold and wintry Boleyn Ground for what promises to be a thrilling Carling Cup quarter-final between West Ham United and holders Manchester United.

The snow has been falling on and off all day here in east London, but the pitch and surrounding roads are clear of the white stuff and we are all good to go.

The Hammers will reach the semi-finals for the first time since the 1989/90 season with victory, while the visitors are aiming to reach the last-four for the third consecutive season.

West Ham have reached the League Cup final twice, losing to West Bromwich Albion in 1965/66 and Liverpool in 1980/81. United have won the competition on four occasions, including three times in the last four seasons.

Team news-wise, former United youngster Jonathan Spector makes his first appearance since the 3-0 Barclays Premier League loss to the Red Devils at Old Trafford on 28 August.

Spector is one of six changes to the side that defeated Wigan Athletic 3-1 on Saturday, replacing Scott Parker in central midfield. Julien Faubert and Tal Ben Haim replace the cup-tied Lars Jacobsen and Danny Gabbidon at full-back. Radoslav Kovac and Luis Boa Morte are in for Valon Behrami and Junior Stanislas in midfield, while Carlton Cole starts up front in place of Frederic Piquionne.

West Ham United: Green, Faubert, Tomkins (Reid 74), Upson, Ben Haim, Barrera (Hines 76), Kovac, Spector, Boa Morte, Obinna, Cole (Stanislas 89)
Subs: Boffin, Parker, McCarthy, Piquionne

Manchester United: Kuszczak, Fabio (Rafael 65), Smalling, Evans (Brown 73), O'Shea, Anderson, Fletcher, Obertan, Giggs, Bebe (Macheda 46), Hernandez
Subs: Amos, Carrick, Park, Eikrem