West Ham 4 Manchester United 0
Manchester United saw their long unbeaten run ended at Upton Park tonight as they crashed out of the Carling Cup.
As expected Sir Alex Ferguson made numerous changes giving his fringe players a chance to taste Carling Cup glory.
Not in the starting eleven were Berbatov, Rooney, Scholes, Evra, Ferdinand, Vidic and Van der Sar. In fact looking at the starting eleven that took on Blackburn at the weekend and we find that only Anderson has been retained.
United - Kuszczak, O`Shea, Smalling, Evans, Fabio, Obertan, Fletcher, Anderson, Giggs, Hernandez, Bebe
Subs - Amos, Brown, Park, Carrick, Rafael, Macheda, Eikrem
The first few minutes saw West Ham have plenty of possession but it was United that carved out the first serious chance with seven minutes played. Bebe scampered down the right and his ball to Obertan saw the Frenchman unleash a shot that Robert Green superbly tipped against the post.
United were slowly taking charge and Obertan drove a shot towards goal, from an acute angle, when a pass might have been the better option. But just as you thought this would all be one-way traffic, the home side, apparently, took the lead through the lively Victor Obinna only for the goal to be chalked off through offside after Obinna`s effort was deflected off of Jonathan Spector
With Upton Park in uproar at the decision, Avram Grant received a stern lecture for berating the officials, but the home crowd were buzzing again shortly after when West Ham did take the lead. And wouldn`t you just know it? The man who soiled the first goal was the scorer - Jonathan Spector, a former United player, who rise to head home a cross from Victor Obinna.
West Ham 1 Manchester United 0 (Spector - 22 minutes)
United tried to get back into the game but struggled to test Green, one O`Shea shot actually ending up behind from whence it had came! Unfortunately, matters were to get worse with Spector, who`d never scored in English football going on to score a second goal. Once again Obinna caused the initial problem though with Spector slamming home the loose ball.
West Ham 2 Manchester United 0 (Spector - 37 minutes)
As half time approached, Green had to react smartly to prevent United getting back into the game by turning away a Fabio cross that deflected off of Boa Morte, from under the bar before Bebe fired an effort wide of the post.
Half Time - West Ham 2 Manchester United 0
Sir Alex made one change at half time bringing on Macheda for Bebe. Anderson started well driving into the West Ham box before over-running the ball. United kept the pressure up and forced Green into a desperate clearance after an error before Fletcher drove over the bar after a corner hadn`t been cleared.
But the night was to go from bad to worse when West Ham scored a third goal through Carlton Cole and once again it was our nemesis, Obinna, who set it up providing a perfect cross for Cole to nod home.
West Ham 3 Manchester United 0 (Cole - 56 minutes)
With the snow coming down in abundance there looked to be no way back for United. The conditions being so bad that the white ball had to be replaced by a yellow one although our fortunes were not to change despite Sir Alex swapping Rafael da Silva for Fabio, with West Ham going 4-0 up.
The goal, scored by Cole, was once again made by Obinna although credit should be given to Cole for rolling Evans and slotting home with consummate ease. No way back now!
West Ham 4 Manchester United 0 (Cole - 66 minutes)
Hernandez flashed a shot over the bar and all looked lost for United. Obinna, our chief tormentor had an effort from thirty-five yards that flew just over the bar. Although three minutes of stoppage time were declared it was a relief when the final whistle was blown!