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Van Persie: Early breakthrough

Van Persie: Early breakthrough

An early goal from Robin van Persie was enough for Manchester United to secure a hard-fought 1-0 win over West Ham at Old Trafford.

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The Red Devils went ahead with only 36 seconds on the clock as Van Persie turned his defender and hit a shot which was on target but took a lucky deflection off James Collins to loop over Jussi Jaaskelainen into the net.

Kevin Nolan flicked a free kick into the side netting as West Ham looked to come back into it, while Anderson and Javier Hernandez brought good saves out of Jaaskelainen before half-time.

In the second half, Tom Cleverley flashed a shot just over the bar on 50 minutes while Van Persie hit a free-kick straight at the keeper and Rooney saw a shot saved brilliantly as United dominated for long periods.

But Carlton Cole almost grabbed a point for the Hammers on 81 minutes as a deep free kick landed at his feet and United needed Anders Lindegaard to get down well to stop his shot and ensure United held onto all three points.

Posted: 28/11/12 21:41

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