Rooney sees off West Ham

Wayne Rooney scored a ninth-minute winner to send Manchester United through to the fourth round of the FA Cup with a 1-0 victory over a spirited West Ham United.

Last Updated: 17/01/13 at 11:09 Post Comment

Wayne Rooney: Converted Javier Hernandez's cross

Wayne Rooney: Converted Javier Hernandez's cross

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The England striker side-footed into an empty net after Javier Hernandez had raced in behind the visitors' defence and squared.

Sir Alex Ferguson's side will now face Fulham at home in the last 32.

There was a tinge of sadness for Rooney, however, who dedicated his goal to his late sister-in-law Rosie, who died on January 5th.

He then went on to miss a second-half penalty, blazing his effort over the bar as West Ham threatened to mount a comeback.

Ferguson made 10 changes to his team and the disruption showed in a below-par performance that lacked cohesion and tempo.

They started well and deservedly took the lead, but failed to build on their advantage, with their only other clear chance of the first half being a shot from Nani that was kicked off the line by Dan Potts.

West Ham lacked penetration in the opening period but fared far better after the break and had several opportunities to draw level.

They could have had a penalty shortly after the restart when the ball struck Rafael's arm, but referee Phil Dowd waved play on.

United were then fortunate that the Brazilian right-back was in the right place to prevent Matt Taylor's square ball reaching Ricardo Vaz Te.

Taylor later curled an excellent chance over, before Chris Smalling managed to nick the ball away from Kevin Nolan just as the Hammers substitute was about to shoot from close range.

United should have put the game beyond doubt after Jordan Spence handled the excellent Ryan Giggs' cross, but Rooney missed from the penalty spot.

Manchester UnitedTeam StatisticsWest Ham United
1Goals0
11st Half Goals0
6Shots on Target2
6Shots off Target3
1Blocked Shots5
8Corners4
7Fouls9
5Offsides1
1Yellow Cards2
0Red Cards0
84.8Passing Success71.8
18Tackles21
88.9Tackles Success66.7
58.6Possession41.4
47.9Territorial Advantage52.1
480Total Passes326
30Total Crosses24
169Lost Balls171
73Recoveries57
63.61st Half Poss.36.4
54.82nd Half Poss.45.2

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