I went to Old Trafford in 2001 when we won with a Jermaine Defoe goal. I vowed never to go back, as I didn;t think that day could ever be matched. How wrong was I? Just as wrong about my predicition in March that we were dead and buried. That’s what being a West Ham fan is all about. Fortunes always hiding. Whatever the next few weeks might bring in terms of legal action, no one can take away from the team what they have achieved over the last nine games. It’s championship winning form – seven wins in nine. Now, to the game.
Lest anyone forget, we have become the first team in thirty years to do the double over Man U and Arsenal in the same season. An Amazing achievement. It is very rare that I have confidence West Ham will get the result that they need, but I sat at home watching Sky Sports and I was much calmer than I expected to be. As the game went on, my confidence never wavered. Even when the three super subs came on for Man U I still thought we would do it. In fact, it was at that point that Man U seemed to get weaker.
Every single player today played a blinder. Robert Green and James Collins were immense in defence. The midfield were stalwart. Even Boa Morte put in some good tackles. He could also have had a couple of goals too. Tevez was all over the pitch. His industry symobolised what a great team performance this was.
Green – 10 Simply outstanding. Saved two dead cert goals
Collins – 10 Best game of the season. Never put a foot wrong. Dealt with everything thrown at him
Ferdinand – 8 Solid – has learnt to hoof the ball when needed
McCartney – 6 Had to go off which was a shame
Spector – 7 Replaced McCartney and did everything asked of him
Neill – 8 An immense player. Should be captain next season
Noble – 8 My favourtie West Ham player – his commitment inspired the others
Reo Coker – 8 Tough tackling and som esurging runs
Tevez – 9 Need I say anymore? I hope he stays, but I suspect he won’t
Zamora – 8 A hero on the right of midfield
Boa Morte – 8 Best game so far. Should have had two goals
Harewood – 7 Came on as sub for 20 minutes and held the ball up well.
Benayoun – 8 All over the pitch