Van Persie saves United

A dramatic late Robin van Persie equaliser rescued Manchester United from FA Cup elimination at West Ham United in a 2-2 draw.

Last Updated: 05/01/13 at 20:26 Post Comment

Robin van Persie: Manchester United's last-action hero to earn a replay

Robin van Persie: Manchester United's last-action hero to earn a replay

Joe Cole - who re-joined West Ham from Liverpool on Friday - had looked set to inspire the Hammers to victory in a fairytale second debut.

The midfielder created both headed goals for the excellent James Collins either side of half-time to cancel out Tom Cleverley's opener.

However, substitute Van Persie stepped off the bench to score a wonderful equaliser in the last minute of injury time to set up a replay at Old Trafford on 16th January.

It had been a bright start by Manchester United and the visitors thought they had gone ahead on 16 minutes when Danny Welbeck swept home a low cross from Javier Hernandez but the offside flag was up.

On 23 minutes, Sir Alex Ferguson's side took the lead, as another Hernandez cross was met by Cleverley and the midfielder swept the ball home in acres of space at the back post.

However, just four minutes later, West Ham were level when Cole had the ball on the left and his floated centre was met with a powerful header by centre-back Collins, which left United goalkeeper David De Gea rooted to the spot.

West Ham turned the tie around on the hour mark, with Cole again the provider, as he delivered another perfectly-weighted ball from the left which Collins met with a header.

With 23 minutes left, Ferguson had seen enough, making a double change as Van Persie and Antonio Valencia replaced Hernandez and Paul Scholes.

On 77 minutes, new boy Cole was replaced by Matthew Taylor, leaving to a standing ovation from the home support.

It was the away fans, however, who were cheering in the final minute as Van Persie broke into the right side of the penalty area on to a stunning cross-field pass from fellow substitute Ryan Giggs, beautifully controlled the ball, held off James Tomkins and expertly drilled the ball into the far corner.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

More Match Results

Sunday, 13 April 2014
16:07
Hull City 5-3 Sheff Utd Report
Saturday, 12 April 2014
17:07
Wigan 1-1 Arsenal Report
Sunday, 09 March 2014
16:05
Man City 1-2 Wigan Report
14:00
Hull City 3-0 Sunderland Report
12:00
Sheff Utd 2-0 Charlton Report
Saturday, 08 March 2014
12:45
Arsenal 4-1 Everton Report
Monday, 24 February 2014
19:45
Hull City 2-1 Brighton Report
Sheff Wed 1-2 Charlton Report
Monday, 17 February 2014
Brighton 1-1 Hull City Report
Sunday, 16 February 2014
16:00
Arsenal 2-1 Liverpool Report

Footer 365

Premier League: Roberto Martinez hails Everton players after win over Manchester United

Roberto Martinez saluted the focus and adaptability of his Everton squad after a 2-0 victory over Manchester United.

Transfer news: Atletico Mineiro to take Nicolas Anelka to FIFA

Atletico Mineiro president Alexandre Kalil has said that he is considering taking Nicolas Anelka to FIFA.

Premier League: David Moyes admits defensive errors cost Manchester United at Everton

David Moyes feels Man Utd conceded 'terrible goals' on his return to Everton and says missing out on the top four hurts.

Mail Box

That's Why We Didn't Want Jose At United

There is plenty of reaction to Mourinho's antics (Isn't that exactly what he wanted?) plus thoughts on Connor Wickham, Fabio Borini, beach balls and Tim Sherwood...

Kieran's Not The Only One Keeping Notes

Another chap in the mailbox has been keeping notes on comments made by optimistic Man United fans. Plus, Garey Vance is offering a double-or-quits on his new tattoo...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property