Manchester United 3-0 West Ham: Another confident performance from Moyes' men

Stu Forster

Manchester United gave another good performance to cruise past West Ham, with Danny Welbeck, Adnan Januzaj and Ashley Young all getting goals.

United made a flying start to the game, with Rafael and Antonio Valencia wreaking havoc down the right and quickly earning a corner, from which a poor clearance found Tom Cleverley. The midfielder's shot looked to be a certain goal, but Adrian pulled off an excellent save to prevent the hosts from taking the lead immediately.

It didn't take too long for United though - Welbeck continued his, er, red-hot form by puling off a quite excellent finish after being played down the left by Wayne Rooney, and using his left-foot to finish past Adrian from a tight angle.

Later on, some fine play down the left saw Januzaj exchange a one-two with Welbeck before bursting into the box on the right-hand side of goal, completely wrong-footing James Collins with a dummy and then curling a fine low finish into the far corner. Januzaj then marred the goal slightly however by being booked for a pretty terrible dive shortly after.

West Ham had hardly had a sniff in the first half, and United didn't really give them many chances bar a couple of set-pieces in the second either, although Collins went extremely close, but failed to get enough on his header from a corner.

Welbeck then sadly had to be withdrawn with what looked like a knee problem, with Moyes not wanting to take any chances. Javier Hernandez came in as his replacement, and should have had a goal himself, getting down the right channel and producing a smart finish from a tight angle, only for the goal to wrongfully be ruled out for offside.

Young coming on to replace Januzaj is a common but rarely popular substitution, but it paid an instant dividend here as Young scored with almost his first touch, collecting Rooney's lay-off to smash a brilliant effort into the top corner.

Carlton Cole then grabbed a consolation for the visitors after being played a mile onside by the substitute Alexander Buttner, slotting home through De Gea's legs to finish the scoring. Hernandez somehow managed to miss a remarkable chance from a short corner in the dying minutes, but in the end, United had to settle for just three.

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