West Ham 4-0 Man United: United Humiliated in Cup Quarters
It was a clash between the top and bottom teams in the Premier League, but by this performance, you wouldn’t think that United were the team unbeaten this season and sitting proudly at the top. Their defense was an absolute shambles, their midfield created nothing, and the attack had nothing to work with. It was atrocious. West Ham completely outplayed United in the snow, as the visiting players seemed to take a break in their job as footballers, wondering aimlessly around the pitch, watching Avram Grants side control the game around them.
Jonathon Spector of all people – the former Manchester United defender scored two of the goals for the Hammers, both in the first half, and Carlton Cole scored the other two in the second half.
Victor Obinna of West Ham had a great game – a big threat to United throughout; being the source of most of the chances created. It was a player like this that Ferguson’s side were missing. Johnny Evans had a bad game, and he knows it. He was turned too easily for Cole’s goal, while the defence in general fell asleep for numerous West Ham attacks.
In truth, after the second goal went in, there wasn’t really any way back for United. Sir Alex had no one on his bench who could come on and make an impact. No Rooney, no Berbatov, no Nani. the Scot had no options that he knew could change the game.
We all make mistakes, and Sir Alex made one last night. Of course, no one could have expected that his team would perform so poorly, but he should have had one or two top players on the bench that he could rely on to create something if to came it. In the end, it did come to it, and Ferguson wasn’t prepared.
West Ham have breezed passed the holders of the competition with ease, ad humiliated the young United team in the process. Before the game United were unbeaten in all competitions this season. That record is shattered in pieces as the Red Devils travel to Blackpool on the weekend, but it is a huge confidence boost for the struggling Hammers who travel to Sunderland on Sunday on the back of a brilliant 4 – 0 win.
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