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United 1 West Ham 0

Manchester United eased into round four with a narrow win over West Ham United.

With a hectic schedule ahead of us, Sir Alex Ferguson made ten changes to the side that had beaten Liverpool on Sunday, the only common denominator being Rafael.

However, with West Ham being renowned as poor travelers, it was hoped that the selected eleven, with Anderson and Nani returning after lengthy absences through injury, would be too strong for a Hammers side that had elected to rest such prominent players as Kevin Nolan, Jack Collison and Matt Jarvis.

In a match that wasn`t in the same class as the original tie, United were grateful to take an early lead, through the returning Rooney. In fact only nine minutes were on the clock when Rooney, after a move involving Anderson and Hernandez, saw Rooney finish smartly.

From then on in, it seemed to be only a matter of how many United would score against a West Ham side that were playing three across the back and packing the midfield, leaving United plenty of space to run into.

But it didn`t work out like that courtesy of some poor finishing, some resolute defending and some marvelous saves from the Hammers keeper, Jaaskelainen.

However, any anxiety in the home crowd should have been eased late in the second half when a cross from Ryan Giggs, captain for the night, was handled. Rooney stepped up to increase his goal tally but hit his spot kick over the bar.

Instead we were left to whether a late surge from West Ham before the final whistle saw us safely into round four and a home tie against another London side, Fulham.

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Writer: Red Boy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday January 17 2013

Time: 4:51PM

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Scholes covers himself in glory yet again. Far worse than Kompany's challenge on Wilshere.
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17/01/2013 20:35:00

Quite the obsession with Scholes fcb.
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17/01/2013 22:34:00

Think that was the right result, despite periods of pressure from West Ham they never created much. The penalty we got was never a penalty and incredibly similar to West hams penalty shouts, some justice was done I suppose by the penalty never actually being converted. There I was saying I think Giggs is past it and strongly consider retiring but in his last couple of performances his been the best player on the pitch, he controlled the game incredibly well, breezed past players younger and faster than him and showed great composure and control when surrounded by bodies. Thought Herandez's game was peculiar in the sense that his link-up play and general football was really quite good but his end product wasn't there like it normally is. Buttner also deserves a mention for a great performance.
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17/01/2013 22:41:00

If anything, I have an obsession with pointing out the crap that your team gets away with repeatedly. That tackle was far worse than Kompany's, yet there is no mention of it in the media? You play by different rules to the other 19 teams in the league and that in a nutshell is the reason for your success. I guess red fans don't like that pointed out to them, hence the "ABU" and "Bitter" tags. Stop winning by cheating and perhaps then people might respect you.
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18/01/2013 00:18:00

Never realised Scholes making another mistimed challenge was newsworthy to be honest. Scholes never got away with the challenge either, he got a yellow the foul deserved, it was never anything more. Thing is fcb no matter how we win we've cheated somewhere along the line in your eyes, there's always something for you to bitch about. Once again you also mistake me for someone who actually gives a flying feck as to whether we're respected or not, excuse me if I don't take it to heart that someone who's obsessed with finding every little thing that goes our way and uses it as a weapon respects us or not.
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18/01/2013 08:03:00

ABU kind of summarises someone who is obsessed with what one club gets away with but it doesn't bother him nor does he mind when other clubs get away with it. I'm sure if you scrutinised most big sides games you'd see the 50/50 decisions typically go the big clubs way. Lets put it this way, every club below, what, the top 6 (?) says the refs favour those clubs. The clubs within the top 6 say the refs favour us.
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18/01/2013 08:09:00

I personally like the fact we have the ABU's constant bitching it normally means we're doing quite well. In all fairness though fcb this Scholes thing going a bit far don't you think? You'll be stalking him next camera phone footage of his miss timed antics in everyday life coming soon :-D
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18/01/2013 08:26:00

Maybe even a youtube compilation of it?
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18/01/2013 10:36:00

Just think another link for you to share with us. It could be a weekly series give us a update every monday.
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18/01/2013 11:51:00

Wait, what? You mean its not already a weekly series?
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18/01/2013 12:33:00

Typical united reaction to gloss over it all. You get an easy ride, here's hoping that comes to an end when the incumbent manager's tenure does too. I could bang on about Ashley young diving outside the box to win a penalty and have an opponent sent off, or mention the stonewall penalty that Fulham were not given (would have denied you 2 points). Hell, I could even point out the ridiculous decision to award your team a penalty for a lesser infringement than Raphael got away with against West Ham (OH BUT IT DOESN'T MATTER, ROONEY MISSED) i hear you shout, but it does matter. And it's the reason everyone hates you. Can't argue that you've won things, and hey, I'll even admit that you play some great football at times. But with united there is always some controversy or other that either gets glossed over or excused, and your fans simply won't admit that. Most of the reds I know have incredibly thick skins due to all the criticisms received, but what they won't admit that they also have pretty thick skulls in order to deny what is apparent to everyone else. I'll now leave Famous and Motormad to get on with the "Back slapping club", here's hoping it doesn't extend so far that you need a room. See you next week for the next installment ladies!
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18/01/2013 14:07:00

No-one said it doesn't matter because he missed but there was some sense of poetic justice in the sense that he didn't convert it fcb. You won't see a United fan deny that decisions go our way more often than not either, but you wont see too many top sides concede that decisions go there way more often than not also, something all the smaller clubs concur with, we're just used to detract from that point. There's plenty of controversy in every game, however a lot of it is ignored due to sharing a common obsession that you have fcb, they're only interested in what we, and us alone, get away with. If every game was scrutinised with the same level of scrutiny as ours people will see it's not just us but every team. Kind of similar to how City's spending is scrutinised so heavily when so many are ignorant to their own clubs spending. I can't believe you're still trying to rationalise and justify your hate to us, like I said, you won't catch too many United fans bothered that you hate us let alone why, we just accept that we're not liked.
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