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[Player Ratings & Goals] West Ham 2-4 Man Utd:

In dramatic fashion, Manchester United staged another come-from-victory away from Old Trafford as they defeated West Ham United 4-2 at Upton Park. Mark Noble score two penalties in the first half to give the Irons a decisive lead against the run of play, but Wayne Rooney scored a wonderful second half hat-trick and Javier Hernandez added another for good measure.

It was Rooney’s first hat-trick since January 2010, but was it enough to earn him Man of the Match honors for the Reds?

Tomasz Kuszczak – 6

Other than trying to save either of Noble’s two penalties, which was always going to be a big task, Kuszczak had a very comfortable game filling in for Edwin van der Sar.

Fabio – 7

Most United supporters will be wondering if Sir Alex had Rafael at right-back, because his twin put in a very good performance combing well with his wing partner on that side of the field.

Chris Smalling – 5

Caught completely in la-la land when West Ham drove forward and eventually got the opening goal, Smalling was more of a threat on the offensive end than .

Nemanja Vidic – 6

Still showing signs of the injury that kept him out of action before the international break, but Vidic reorganized the United back-line well in the second half.

Patrice Evra – 4

Not his normal reliable self in either attack or defense, Evra put in a stinker, and, inexcusably, was at fault for the first penalty, Ferguson was withdrawn at halftime.

Darron Gibson – 6

Due to injuries and suspension, Gibson was deployed in the center of the midfield, and despite popular belief, he put in a disciplined performance to combat Scott Parker’s style of play.

Michael Carrick – 7

Consistently overlooked and criticized for not being an influential midfielder, but Carrick he showed class and composure against his former club.

Ryan Giggs – 7

Given a free role to create things against West Ham, Giggs was asked to play left-back in the second half, which he played quite remarkably.

Antonio Valencia – 8 (Man of the Match)

Up against a much slower and weaker left-back in Wayne Bridge, Valencia tore at him all game long and was the most consistent player for United over the course of the match.

Ji-Sung Park – 5

Playing in his first game in nearly four months for United, Park had a golden chance to score, but Park will need a couple of more games to get the cobwebs off his .

Wayne Rooney – 8

Very ineffective in the first half, Rooney shook off that form with three superbly taken goals in the second half, which included scoring his first goal from a free-kick since his first hat-trick at United.


Javier Hernandez – 7

Came on a halftime substitute to inject more pace going forward, Chicharito did just that and added another goal to his total for his positive contribution.

Dimitar Berbatov – 8

After being over looked for the first 65 minutes of the match, Bebratov reaffirmed that he is all about the team and inspired the four-goal onslaught in the last 25 minutes.

Nani – 5

Came on as a late substitution so Rooney would get a standing ovation from the away supporters, Nani held the ball up in his seven, or so, minute cameo.

Overall – 8

Despite conceding a further two goals away from Old Trafford, Manchester United turned out their best away performance of the season with the four goal fightback against West Ham United.

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